Georgians were voting Saturday in municipal elections, a day after ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili’s arrest raised the stakes in the polls seen as a key test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party.
As the LDP-led coalition constitutes a majority in both chambers of the parliament, the new party president is almost certain to be elected prime minister in the extraordinary Diet session scheduled to be held on Oct. 4.
„The international community expects Libyan officials in Tripoli and the rest of the country to work for presidential and legislative elections to take place as scheduled on December 24,“ German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as he co-chaired a high-level meeting on Libya at the UN.
The Security Council on Saturday expressed deep concern about the ongoing disagreement between the Somali president and prime minister, and the negative impact on the electoral timetable and process.
Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao declared Sunday he will run for president in 2022, ending months of speculation about whether the legendary fighter would seek the country’s top job.
Algeria’s leader has declared a three-day period of mourning for former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose 20-year-long rule ended in disgrace as he was pushed from power amid huge street protests when he decided to seek a new term
Somalia’s president said on Thursday he had withdrawn the executive powers of the prime minister, the latest twist in a feud that has plunged the country into a deep political crisis.
Hichilema commended the former military and police chiefs for their service to the country and said they will be deployed to other areas in the public service.
Peru’s under fire leftist President Pedro Castillo staved off a political crisis on Friday as the right-wing dominated congress approved his first cabinet.
In a bitter debate that began on Thursday, the cabinet headed by Guido Bellido was approved by 73 votes to 50 against.
Nach der Ankündigung Maduros folgten Wochen ohne verbindliche Reaktionen anderer Beteiligter. Die Stellungnahme des mexikanischen Präsidenten ist somit die erste gewichtige Bestätigung.
„They were put there by the PRI and PAN and now both should come forward and explain how they appointed them with such a lack of integrity, of principles, that is happening at the moment. That is why I say again they should all resign, and the parties should stop doing this,“ AMLO reiterated.
Some 11 days after his intervention, Saied has not named a new prime minister, announced any steps to end the emergency or declared his longer-term intentions.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Iranian parliament on Thursday afternoon, attended by high-ranking Iranian civil and military officials as well as a great number of foreign dignitaries from more than 80 countries.
Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi used his inaugural speech as Iran’s president on Thursday to insist that the Iranian nuclear program was peaceful, to call for international sanctions against Iran to be lifted and to vow that his country would stand against oppression everywhere, from Europe to Palestine.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon’s southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency.
Lopez Obrador said that the government was making all arrangements to secure gas supply in an emergency situation starting with Mexico City, the Valley, and Pachuca and remarked that the strike does not affect the whole country yet.
He was the only representative of his party that signed the Peace Agreement of November 15, 2019, which led to the plebiscite to change the constitution inherited from the military dictatorship.
The National Electoral Institute (INE) informed over 93.6 million Mexicans can vote in this referendum, which is the first exercise of direct democracy in the country’s history.
Inaugurated in Lima himself just Wednesday, Castillo presided over Bellido’s swearing-in at the Pampa de la Quinua, site of the 1824 battle that ended Spanish domination of Peru and South America at large.
Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to run the Interior Ministry, he said in a statement.
The comments double down on the calls by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to support Cuba, as the third shipment of humanitarian aid departed from Mexico on Wednesday.
On Friday, Castillo will also hold a special ceremony in the region of Ayacucho, in the Pampa de Quinua, the scene of the battle that marked the end of Spanish colonialism in South America.
The Honorable Miguel Cardona, United States Secretary of Education, will lead the delegation.
The suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, had been taken into custody following the assassination attempt at Bamako’s Grand Mosque on Tuesday.
„During investigations… his health deteriorated“ and he was then hospitalised, but „unfortunately, he has died,“ the government said in a statement.
Saied sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered parliament closed for 30 days, a move the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a „coup“
The funeral honors are taking place in the gardens of the Habitation Village SOS, the private residence of the Moise family, which is guarded by a heavy security apparatus. The coffin covered with the Haitian flag was carried by a funeral cortege of six soldiers of the Armed Forces in full dress.
The last Chinese president to visit was Jiang Zemin in 199
Henry, named by Moise days before the controversial president was shot dead in his home in Port-au-Prince in the early hours of July 7, will lead a cabinet of 18 officials, five of them women.
On Sunday, Chile’s Approve Dignity leftist coalition and the Go Chile right-wing alliance will define their presidential candidates for the November 21 elections.
We understand that former State Security agents and some senior ANC leaders are being investigated as possible instigators to the mayhem, as was admitted by State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The Minister also told South Africans that the intelligence services knew that something would happen, but law enforcement responses to the unrest prove or paint a completely different reality.
We know that this country’s intelligence services are in shambles because both President Ramaphosa and the minister failed to implement the recommendations of the High-Level Review Panel on the State Security Agency to clean up the spooks. We did mention that these rogue securocrats are a threat to our democracy and they must be dealt with accordingly.
Founded in Puebla City (Mexico) in 2019, this group is a political and academic forum that brings together presidents, politicians, and intellectuals of the Ibero-American left. Among its members are former presidents Ernesto Samper (Colombia), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Spain), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Luis Solis (Costa Rica), Martin Torrijos (Panama), Evo Morales (Bolivia), and Jose Mujica (Uruguay).
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed last Wednesday in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 people, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.
At least one of the men arrested in connection to the assassination by Haitian authorities previously worked as an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA said in a statement in response to CNN.
Sanon, who reportedly has lived on-and-off in Florida for about two decades, landed in Haiti on a private plane in early June with “political objectives,” Haiti’s police chief, Léon Charles, told reporters Sunday. He recruited the team through a Venezuelan security firm based in the United States, but its mission changed when one member was presented with an arrest warrant for Moïse.
The national police chief indicated that he believes a Florida-based doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, was plotting to assume the presidency. The U.S. dispatched a team to assist in the investigation.
Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, a senior Haitian official said Thursday.
A heavily armed commando unit that assassinated Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was composed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, authorities have said, as the hunt goes on for the masterminds of the killing.
Moïse, 53, was fatally shot early on Wednesday at his home by what officials said was a group of foreign, trained killers, pitching the poorest country in the Americas deeper into turmoil amid political divisions, hunger and widespread gang violence.
A quarter of a century later, when the people of Haiti longed to elect Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power, the CIA, with the authorization of President Reagan, funded candidates to oppose him, according to William Blum in Killing Hope.
Most ministers in the previous administration maintained their jobs in the new cabinet.
In an appearance on Democracy Now! Wednesday morning, Haiti Liberté journalist Kim Ives said that while it is not yet clear who was behind the killing, „clearly this was a fairly sophisticated operation.“
„This morning, at one o’clock in the morning, July 7, a group of unidentified persons, speaking in Spanish and English, assassinated the President of the Republic. The president has died of his wounds,“ said acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
Moralisch dürfen die USA nur defensiv oder zur Abwehr eines drohenden Angriffs Gewalt anwenden. Auf die Frage nach der rechtlichen Befugnis für einen offensiven Angriff erklärte ein Pentagon-Sprecher, dass sie in Artikel 2 der US-Verfassung zu finden sei. Doch dort steht sie nicht.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has sought to take pressure off the US by saying that it will become “very hard” to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement if negotiations in Vienna continue without progress.
Washington is dragging its feet on removing sanctions despite having declared that it is ready to undo the wrongs of the former Trump administration which abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018.
Indirect U.S. negotiations with Iran over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal cannot go on “indefinitely”without success, a senior State Department official said following the completion in Vienna of a sixth round of talks.
“We’ve made progress” and “the Iranians have been serious,” the official said in a briefing for reporters Thursday. “But we do have differences, and if we can’t bridge them in the foreseeable future, we’re going to have to regroup.”
The report, confirmed by administration officials to the paper, said that the Pentagon will withdraw around eight Patriot antimissile batteries from countries including Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. will also reduce the number of fighter jet squadrons in Saudi Arabia, as well as ordering the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, from the kingdom.
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said 28.6 million Iranians participated in the election, and with around 90% of the votes counted, Raeisi garnered over 17.8 million votes, followed by Mohsen Rezaei who secured 3.3 million.
Nasser Hemmati garnered 2.4 million votes, and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi won almost one million votes.
Russlands Staatschef Putin ist in Genf gelandet: Um 13:30 Uhr kommt er mit US-Präsident Joe Biden zum ersten Gipfeltreffen zusammen.
Das weltweit mit Spannung erwartete Treffen soll rund vier bis fünf Stunden dauern. Gemäss Kreml-Angaben könnte es aber auch länger gehen.
The ministers of the newly sworn-in Bennett-Lapid government met with President Reuven Rivlin Monday to take the traditional photograph of the prime minister and his new cabinet.
Throughout the day, the ministers will be assuming their new posts at their respective ministries.
The son of Israel’s sixth president, former Labor Party leader Herzog will replace outgoing President Reuven Rivlin next month
Front-runner Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Jewish Agency and former head of the Labor Party, is also the son of a previous president, Chaim Herzog. He is expected to win backing from legislators of both the right and the left after he amassed the signatures of 27 MKs representing all the parties in the Knesset, except for the Arab ones.
Following overnight efforts, the negotiating teams of the parties opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have made progress in formulating an agreement for a unity government, officials from the parties said Tuesday morning.
The teams from Yesh Atid, Yamina, New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu will reconvene in Kfar Hamacabiah in the afternoon in an effort to seal the agreements.
The detention of interim president Bah N’Daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane followed a controversial cabinet reshuffle that removed two members of the junta that overthrew Mali’s government in August.
The international body monitoring Mali’s 18-month transition to a civilian-led government — comprising the AU, the West African bloc known as ECOWAS, the United Nations and U.S. officials, among others — said in a statement that it “expresses its deep concern” over the arrests.
Castillo received 51.1 percent of the votes in a poll carried out by consulting company IPSOS. He also obtained 36.5 percent of voting intentions in a study released by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) on Sunday.
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“Behind me is one of the most advanced war machines in the world, which poses a significant leap forward in the Israeli military’s ability to ensure our strength at sea and in naval operations,” said the military’s chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi.
Israel agreed to buy the vessels in a 2015 deal valued at roughly €430 million (U.S. $480 million at the time), with the German government covering about one-quarter of the cost.
Several Israeli businessmen, including confidants of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a former commander of the Navy, are suspects in a graft scandal connected to the purchase of the warships and submarines from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “anarchy” must stop, and border police reservists were called to reinforce police in mixed Arab-Jewish towns. President Reuven Rivlin described the worst communal violence in years as “civil war”.
The heads of the national security committees on both sides had agreed to this, as well as compliance with a ceasefire, on Saturday.
Both countries’ presidents have also spoken over the phone and agreed to meet, though it was left open as to when exactly it would happen.
After receiving the mandate, Lapid wrote that „after two years of an endless political nightmare, Israeli society is reeling. The unity government is not a compromise – it is the objective.“
He added that a unity government will include „the right, left and center working together to address economic and security challenges.“
The “Special Law on Federal Elections” was adopted by the Lower House in April, allowing for the extension of term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for a period of two years, after the term officially ended in February.
Somali lawmakers voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a two-year presidential term extension they had approved last month, after clashes in the capital Mogadishu between factions of the security forces, which are divided over the issue.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his counterparts from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger jointly met with General Mahamat Idriss Deby before the funeral of his father, a presidential official said.
The elder Deby, who had ruled the vast semi-desert state with an iron fist for 30 years, died from wounds sustained fighting rebels at the weekend, the army said Tuesday.
Several parties opposed the measures inside the Bundestag.
Eight thousand anti-lockdown protesters demonstrated close to parliament.
Police broke up the demonstration at the Brandenburg Gate, complaining that many of those involved had refused to heed warnings to wear face coverings and observe social distancing rules.
‚Peace, freedom, no dictatorship!‘ some protestors chanted, many waving German flags and banners which said the coronavirus lockdown undermines values enshrined in the constitution.
The presidency moved swiftly to put the reins of power in the hands of the 37-year-old general and tear up Chad’s constitution, establishing a „Transition Charter“ that lays out a new basic law for the desert country of 16 million people.
Despite its oil wealth, Chad has been facing an enormous debt burden. Global Commodity trading house Glencore is one of the largest creditors to Chad through an oil-for-cash loan. Last year, the Chadian government requested that Glencore suspend payments on its oil-for-cash loan. The oil producer now also relies on oil-for-cash loadings from Chinese creditors.
Chad holds around 1.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, according to BP’s Energy Outlook 2020, making it the 10th-largest oil reserve holder in Africa. Oil accounts for almost 90% of the country’s export revenues.
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SHT acquired a 25% stake in the Doba consortium from Chevron in 2014 for $1.3 billion. ExxonMobil and Malaysia’s Petronas also hold equity in the upstream and pipeline assets. Both foreign companies were considering sales in 2020, according to reports.
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In 2003 Chad began to export oil to an Atlantic terminal through a pipeline built across neighbouring Cameroon.
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Today, Chad is a key player in the G5 Sahel Joint Force, an alliance with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger that enjoys international support, not only from France but from the United States and European Union too.
But in 2019, when Chad asked the French force in the Sahel for help in dealing with another incursion, Paris was less discreet about the support, and obliged by launching a series of airstrikes on the rebels.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, told Parliament at the time, “France intervened militarily to prevent a coup d’état.”
In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 file photo, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, left, poses with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France.
A military council led by Mr Déby’s son, a 37-year-old four star general, will govern for the next 18 months.
Haiti’s government has resigned and a new prime minister has been appointed, President Jovenel Moise announced on Wednesday, saying the change was aimed at tackling insecurity in the country, which is grappling with a rise in violence and ongoing political crisis.
Pedro Castillo, known for leading a Peruvian teachers‘ strike in 2017, was the first-place winner in the polls, while Keiko Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, and right-wing economist Hernando de Soto, continue to fight for the other runoff slot after polls closed at 7:00 p.m.
Somali politics were thrown into a state of confusion Monday as the two houses of parliament clashed on the status of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. The lower house of parliament voted to extend the term of the president and his government by two years, while the upper house said the move was unconstitutional.
As for the Constitution, 81 amendments are made to its current version. The draft is aimed at establishing a rigid vertical of presidential power.
“I voted against (the reform) because this is a power grab,” said a 32-year-old entrepreneur who only gave his first name, Bakyt. “All the power must not be given to one person.”
Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker, and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official, have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional integration, extractivism and more.
Talon, a multi-millionaire cotton magnate who touts strong economic growth under his leadership, is accused by his opponents of undermining Benin’s standing as one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.
Djibouti is a strategically important country in the Horn of Africa that hosts several foreig militaries.
As a candidate in 2016, Talon had pledged to serve only one term in order to in to avoid “complacency”. His U-turn has led to protests, with hundreds of people marching and burning tyres on Tuesday in several cities.
Guelleh, 73, is one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders. He was picked to succeed his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977.
The testimony of former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua, who alleges that Benjamin Netanyahu sought favorable coverage in exchange for regulatory relief for Walla’s owners Bezeq, is set to continue in the third day of the prime minister’s trial, just 24 hours after President Reuven Rivlin reluctantly tasked him with forming a government.
“I know the position held by many, that the president should not give the role to a candidate that is facing criminal charges,” Rivlin added, noting that this was “not an easy decision.” The charges facing Israel’s longest-serving premier – including bribery, fraud and breach of trust – posed an extraordinary choice for the Rivlin over whether “morality” should be a factor in who should lead a government.
Netanyahu was recommended by 52 lawmakers, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid was recommended by another 45 lawmakers, and Naftali Bennett was recommended by his party Yamina’s seven lawmakers
This is the fifth time since becoming president in 2014, and the fourth time in the last two years, that Rivlin is forced to engage in this process.
So far, Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have thrown their support behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kahol Lavan and Yesh Atid recommended the latter’s chairman, Yair Lapid, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina, courted by both blocs, put forth its own chairman as their candidate.
After consultations with Yamina, Rivlin, who stressed his difficulty to see a clear path to a stable coalition, said he may pass on the mandate to form a coalition to the Knesset.
Phuc was the only candidate nominated for president, as Trong — who had held the presidency since 2018 after the sudden death of his predecessor — stepped down.
Lead prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari told judges that Netanyahu was involved in „a serious case of government corruption.“
A senior government official said Ghani has already shared his road map with foreign capitals.
Security was tight in Niamey Friday amid fears that the inauguration could prompt more violence in Niger.
In the past, Rivlin has set about consulting with party leaders immediately. This time, for an unexplained reason, he will start the consultations only on Monday, just two days before the deadline. This despite the fact that the new Knesset has no fewer than 13 parties, the highest number during his presidency.
Could the timing have anything to do with the fact that Monday is also the day when Netanyahu is finally due back in court, for the first testimony from a witness for the prosecution in his criminal trial?
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel described as a „depressing show of lies“ the public hearing organized on March 18 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (IACHR-OAS) in which opponents of the Havana government took part.
The Congo Republic pressed ahead with a presidential election on Sunday with the Internet and social media sites down since midnight, the main opposition candidate gravely ill and all signs showing the incumbent, Denis Sassou Nguesso, likely to win yet another poll following a boycott by the main opposition.
Union for Hope (UNES) leftist presidential candidate Andres Arauz and right-wing Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso today will hold their first presidential debate of the April 11 runoff.
“This is where we need the intervention of the international community,” Rivlin insisted – “not in the field of international law, which is being cynically exploited for political means in order to weaken the State of Israel.”
The late president then criticized social distancing and wearing masks and expressed doubt about the COVID-19 vaccines.
“We trust that our European friends will stand by us in the important fight on the misuse of the International Criminal Court against our soldiers and civilians,” he said.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, who accompanied Rivlin on the trip, said Israeli soldiers “do everything” to avoid harming innocent civilians.
During his rule, Deby has been accused of appointing relatives and cronies to key positions and failing to address the poverty that afflicts many of Chad’s 13 million people despite oil wealth.
The moment of truth for our future is approaching. What we saw the other day on the steps of the Capitol and inside it is a warning sign. Netanyahu’s readiness to break every rule and law is obvious, and reached a peak at the start of his trial, with that scene in the courthouse that could have come right out of a gangster movie. And in fact, the prosecutor in his trial is already under guard day and night, just like the prosecutors in the trials of organized crime bosses, and for the same reasons.
The trial has begun, and so a new situation is before us.
Elected in December, Tebboune has pushed for a new constitution that limits presidential terms and gives more powers to the parliament and judiciary. It will be put to a referendum on Sunday.
(23.11.2020) Perfectly in line with the trend of the times – and by consequence, we are sorry to have it observed, with very little inventiveness and innovation – these articles impose a general surveillance for the many and a privileged disclosure for the few, as they provide for ground mass surveillance, air mass surveillance and a ban on documenting police action.
That was the second protest gathering thousands of people that week, despite the country’s health crisis and lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic. The demonstrations related to a new bill accused of obstructing civil liberties. As critics have argued, the “global security bill,” which received a first-reading adoption by the National Assembly on Nov. 24, jeopardizes the freedom of the press and could herald the introduction of a ubiquitous surveillance system.
La dispersion de la manifestation contre la loi « sécurité globale » a terminé en affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre. Quelques centaines de personnes ont affronté les policiers place de la Bastille.
They say video that emerged this week of police beating a Black music producer during an arrest in Paris — which French President Emmanuel Macron denounced on Friday as „unacceptable“ — may never have been reported on if the law were passed, AFP notes.
The law would criminalize the publication or broadcasting of images of police if the intent is to „physically or mentally harm“ them.
Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, tweeted that the 24-year-old had been wounded at Place de la Bastille by „a police baton“ and condemned the violence.
„With this profound modification we will make an avant-garde transformation not only with respect to Mexico’s history, but also in the international sphere, and we will set an example of a new political structure,“ Morena Party senator Marti Batres said.
The President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has joined former President Evo Morales for a Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) event in Cochabamba, marking their first get together since Morales’ return.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.
The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure.
Arce, 57, was inaugurated in a ceremony in the highland city of La Paz, in front of heads of state from Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Spain, as well as senior officials from Chile, Iran and the government of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.
For the past several weeks, right-wing organizations have been encouraging violent actions to create chaos and hinder the presidential change of command.
Twenty-five-thousand memorial candles were lit to commemmorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv Thursday.
Still, Trump may indeed be defeated. If that happens, he and his supporters must honor the outcome. But a question repeatedly asked of Trump should be more often asked of his foes: If Trump wins, will they accept the results?
It stated that Tebboune will undergo „in-depth physical examination“ in Germany on the recommendation of his doctors.
The president-elect also warned the Organization of American States (OAS) for its behavior towards Bolivia and urged them to admit its participation in the coup and its complicity in the massacre of hundreds of Indigenous citizens that followed it.
Seychelles opposition candidate Wavel Ramkalawan from the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa party (Seychelles Democratic Union) won the presidential election with 54.9 percent of total votes, said electoral commission chairman Danny Lucas on Sunday.
Polling stations will open at 7:00am (0300 GMT) on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue — the three main islands of Seychelles, home to the majority of its 74,600 voters, with the rest living on further-flung territory of the Indian Ocean nation.
Bolivia’s Electoral Supreme Court (TSE) declared Luis Arce, the elected president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and David Choquehuanca as vice-president on Friday after the official vote counting showed that Arce’s party, the Movement Towards Socialism, reached a landslide victory of 55.10 percent of the votes.
The date of conducting parliamentary elections will be set after the constitutional reform in accordance with the law, but no later than June 1, 2021.
Acting President and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov on Thursday signed a constitutional law to postpone the date of repeat parliamentary elections, his press service reported.
Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan’s seat of government and freed a jailed former president on Tuesday after demonstrations against an election marred by vote-buying accusations spiralled into violent clashes with police.
Nous, Président de la Fédération de Russie, Président des États-Unis d’Amérique et Président de la République française, représentant les pays co-présidents du Groupe de Minsk de l’OSCE, condamnons dans les termes les plus forts l’escalade de la violence récente sur la ligne de contact dans la zone de conflit du Haut-Karabakh.
Nous déplorons la perte de vies humaines et nous exprimons notre sympathie aux familles des victimes et des blessés.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have issued a joint statement regarding the situation at the Nagorno Karbakh conflict zone.
“The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.
The presidents discussed the sharp escalation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed deep concern over the continued large-scale hostilities there. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the conflicting sides to fully cease fire without delay, deescalate tensions and show maximum restraint.
They pointed out that there is no alternative to a diplomatic and political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. In this context, they discussed the practical aspects of their further interaction, primarily within the OSCE Minsk Group. They expressed readiness to issue a statement on behalf of the Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States) regarding the immediate termination of the hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.
According to the Decree, due to the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding districts of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, armed attacks against the Republic of Azerbaijan and regular military provocations, martial law is being declared throughout the country starting from 00:00 on 28 September 2020.
President Mohamed Farmaajo and leaders of the five regional states, as well as the governor of Banadir region, kicked off their meeting in Mogadishu on Sunday to discuss an inclusive model for the elections scheduled for December and February 2021.
Since August, activists from different political parties have been asking people to sign a petition to demand that former presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Felipe Calderón, and Enrique Peña Nieto be judge over corruption charges.
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the following additions to his Supreme Court List:
The Communist Party of Chile marked the anniversary of the victory of Salvador Allende on September 4, 1970 with the „50 years after the victory of Popular Unity“ international seminar. Politicians of Latin America’s left-wing, intellectuals and social and union organization leaders were among the panelists who carried a two-day discussion on the historical significance of the Allende’s victory in Chile and on his legacy.
The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.
The government has decided to summon joint sitting of the Parliament tomorrow (Thursday) evening. The session is expected to continue for one day and it would be prorogued after address of the president. With this third parliamentary years of the National Assembly will also be commenced on the same day.
Keita and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested along with other government officials earlier in the day, according to the head of the African Union.
A pair of Oregon state lawmakers joined with a local lawyer, church, and advocacy group on Tuesday to bring yet another lawsuit against federal government agencies over President Donald Trump’s ongoing militarized crackdown on Black Lives Matter protests in Portland.
The president portrayed the nation’s cities as out of control. “Look at what’s going on — all run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”
Democrats said the president was the one out of control.
Heavily armed federal officers without name tags have carried out nightly attacks on antiracist demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and snatched people off the streets into unmarked vans, sparking widespread outrage. “What we’ve seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters,” says Lilith Sinclair, an Afro-Indigenous local organizer in Portland. They note the federal violence follows many years of “severe police brutality” from local police. “It’s left the people of Portland not only worried about their safety, but, even more so, justified in the fight that we’re engaged in.”
The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon has called for an investigation into the conduct of federal officers deployed to protests in Portland, calling their behavior “unlawful.” Local officials are also mounting legal challenges to remove the agents from city streets. Juan Chavez, project director and attorney at the Oregon Justice Resource Center, says it’s a terrifying situation for Portland residents who face “these camouflaged goon squads” who often refuse to identify themselves or their agencies. “They just appear in the middle of the night next to people who are in and around downtown who then get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who’s picking them up,” he says.
Democrat Congresswoman Jim Clyburn compared federal law enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo, when he appeared on CNN on 7/20/2020.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans exercising their right to peaceful assembly,” wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).
MARTIN: First of all, would you just give us an update on the situation in Portland today?
BROWN: Obviously, things are very challenging right now. I was very, very clear with the Trump administration and the head of the Homeland Security to take their federal troops off the streets of Portland. The Trump administration needs to stop playing politics with people’s lives. We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship. And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.
inga Duda zaapelowała do Polaków po wczorajszym wiecu wyborczym Andrzeja Dudy: – Chciałabym zaapelować, by nikt w naszym kraju nie bał się wyjść z domu. Niezależnie od tego, jaki mamy kolor skóry, kogo popieramy i kogo kochamy. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi, nikt nie zasługuje na to, by być obiektem nienawiści – powiedziała.
“However, regardless of who wins the election, I would like to appeal to you that nobody in our country should be afraid to leave the home.
“Because regardless of what we believe, what colour we have, what views we have, what candidate we support and who we love – we are all equal and we all deserve respect.
“Nobody deserves to be hated. Absolutely no one. Let’s respect each other.”
President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the United Mexican States to the White House on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, as part of their continued partnership on trade, health, and other issues central to regional prosperity and security.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.
In the last three Israeli electoral campaigns, Trump worked hard to keep Bibi in office. Now it is Trump who is running for re-election. The president fully expects Bibi to reciprocate.
But loyalty and gratitude are not among Bibi’s virtues.
Joe Biden is the main reason Netanyahu is not annexing.
There are few politicians who have a keener understanding of polls than Netanyahu. He has several pollsters on his official and unofficial payroll, and keeps in touch with others. His polling brain-trust is heavily American and though they have misled at least once in the past, when he thought that Mitt Romney had a chance of denying Barack Obama a second term in 2012. He is fully aware now that Trump’s chances of winning in November are vanishing.
The visit will represent the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and López Obrador since the Mexican president took office in December 2018.
López Obrador has not traveled abroad during his 18-month presidency.
THIS ISN’T OVER A SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION or a specific policy, but rather something far more valuable: the access to information and intelligence. THE WHITE HOUSE and the administration have it, and Congress wants it — and believes it’s entitled to it.
AT ISSUE: the NYT report about Russians allegedly paying bounties to the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill American soldiers.
In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.
9.6.2020 It is a plan called ‚Let’s rescue Mexico‘, which would seek to create a solid opposition with the support of the media, related communicators and business organizations.
The BOA’s discourse would focus on two axes: unemployment and insecurity, which includes „holding AMLO’s presidency responsible for deepening these evils of the country.“
From the beginning of AMLO’s term in December 2018, members of the parties that have dominated Mexican politics for decades, particularly the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) and neoliberal Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), have worked tirelessly to block the new administration’s reforms and abort the Fourth Transformation.
The offer, according to the paper, would upend a rotation agreement between Netanyahu and Gantz for the premiership as stated in their coalition agreement signed earlier this year.
Likud party officials insist it would be „unreasonable“ for Netanyahu to honor the agreement – which allows Gantz to become Prime Minister in November 2021 – due to his politically weakened position, according to a string of national polls.
Protests in Washington, D.C., have remained peaceful for the past couple of weeks, and Monday night marked the first significant clashes between protesters and police since authorities used pepper spray to clear demonstrators from Lafayette Square earlier this month.
Berman leaves behind a string of high-profile prosecutions and investigations. Since he became US attorney in early 2018, the office has prosecuted Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, is investigating top Trump confidante Rudy Giuliani and indicted the former New York mayor’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
President Trump on Saturday fired the federal prosecutor whose office put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his re-election campaign.
A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States regional bloc met Mali’s prime minister as well as opposition figures in Bamako on Thursday and Friday, in a bid to defuse tensions.
Wojcicki made the comments during an interview with The Washington Post when she was asked whether YouTube would remove President Trump’s videos if they contained statements that were similar to those made in his tweet that was censored by Twitter last month.
The YouTube CEO said that while it’s difficult to comment on theoretical situations, if an elected official posts “content that is hateful or promotes violence in some way,” it would be removed.
The red triangle appeared in paid posts sponsored by Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as by the “Team Trump” campaign page. It was featured alongside text warning of “Dangerous MOBS” and asking users to sign a petition about antifa, a loose collection of anti-fascist activists whom the Trump administration has sought to link to recent violence, despite arrest records that show their involvement is trivial.
Our President thinks „ugly Anarchists“ and „Domestic Terrorists“ have taken over Capitol Hill. In case you somehow missed it, here are the tweets:
Former military officials have increasingly spoken out to rebuke Trump over his response to recent protests against the police-involved death of George Floyd and the president’s threat to dispatch active-duty troops to cities to quell violence and looting that accompanied some of the demonstrations.
In an extraordinary statement Thursday, the top U.S. general expressed regret for his involvement in Trump’s photo opportunity at St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month that followed an aggressive clearing of protesters.
Vice presidents and presidents are sometimes encouraged to not be in the same location at the same time.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley says he regrets his participation in President Trump’s photo opportunity outside St. John’s Church last week.
“I should not have been there,” Milley said during a recorded message aired at the graduation of the National Defense University on Thursday morning. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
Martin Gugino is an American hero. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss on The Young Turks.
Mr. Trump’s tweet — none of it backed by fact — raced across the internet all day even as Mr. Gugino, 75, still lay in the hospital, recovering from the serious head wound he sustained on Thursday night when two Buffalo police officers shoved him to the ground at a demonstration marking the police killing of George Floyd.
On Monday night, both Mr. McCarthy and the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. James C. McConville, pressed Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, to increase his forces’ presence in the city, according to a senior Defense Department official.
An Army official declined to comment, saying that the investigation was continuing.
Move would cut 9,500 American service members from Germany, where 34,500 are permanently assigned, amid strains between two key NATO allies
A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU of the District of Columbia is suing President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and other federal officials over the brutal police assault on peaceful demonstrators near the White House Monday that cleared the way for the president’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
n a federal lawsuit, the groups asserted that U.S. and military police officers’ use of horses, batons, shields and riot control agents — including pepper spray, smoke canisters and rubber or plastic projectiles — violated largely peaceful protesters’ constitutional rights of free speech and assembly 30 minutes before a citywide curfew took effect Monday.
The suit — which also names Attorney General William P. Barr as a defendant — was brought by the ACLU of the District of Columbia, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.
Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.
I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They will serve with skill and with compassion. They will obey lawful orders. But I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief, and I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops. Certainly, we have not crossed the threshold that would make it appropriate to invoke the provisions of the Insurrection Act.
Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.
„I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement,“ Esper said at a news conference Wednesday.
„I say this not only as secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,“ he added. „We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.“
Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.
Governors in 28 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have activated their National Guards to help with crowd control, with the Guard Bureau saying Tuesday that 20,400 soldiers were responding to “civil unrest.”
Trump, though, is pushing for a fiercer response to quash the protests. In remarks Monday evening, he threatened to deploy troops across the country if governors do not “dominate” the protesters.
When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, I again swore an oath of office, one familiar to you, that includes the commitment to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States . . . and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
You recited that same oath on July 23, 2019, when you were sworn in as Secretary of Defense. On Monday, June 1, 2020, I believe that you violated that oath. Law-abiding protesters just outside the White House were dispersed using tear gas and rubber bullets — not for the sake of safety, but to clear a path for a presidential photo op.
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Correction: We deleted an earlier tweet that misidentified the type of military helicopter pictured using a „show of force“ maneuver. It was a Lakota, not a Black Hawk. A Black Hawk was also seen using the tactic in Washington on Monday.
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The president said he was an „ally of all peaceful protesters“ as police and the National Guard forced protesters away from the White House.
White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the Trump administration will not assume control of the National Guard amid protests erupting over the death of George Floyd.
“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” O’Brien told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.
At least 25 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews as widespread protests continue.
This tense moment calls to mind another. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, survivors searched for food and supplies, and tried to make it out of the flooded city. The national media fixated on scenes of “looting” and repeated rumors of “snipers,” describing New Orleans as a “city under siege.” President George W. Bush considered invoking the Insurrection Act, which gives the president the power to deploy military troops within the United States.
He was there for a “very short period” out of an abundance of caution.
President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential“ and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.
The president threatened to “override” governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so.
Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.
There are a number of situations in which the Act does not apply. These include:
– National Guard units, state defense forces, and naval militias while under the authority of the governor of a state. However, only the National Guard can be federalized under 10 U.S.C. § 12406, which shifts control from the state governor to the President, making them subject to the PCA as well.
– Federal troops used in accordance to the Insurrection Act, as was the case with the 1st Marine Division and 7th Infantry Division being sent to curtail the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Gov. Tim Walz (D.) acknowledged the offer as he announced that he was mobilizing the entire Minnesota National Guard. He did so after several nights of rioting in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody this week in Minneapolis while handcuffed and on video.
Walz downplayed the significance of the Pentagon’s offer to send U.S. armed forces, saying that “this has happened before” where groups from the 82nd Airborne Division and other parts of the Army are put “on readiness.”
“They’re not talking about mobilizing the entire United States Army,” Walz said. “We’re probably talking about in the neighborhood of several hundred” soldiers.
„The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters they hurt so badly, what is happening and it’s so bad for the state and their great city,“ he continued.
Nearly 15 hours after his overnight tweet that Twitter flagged, Trump tried to adopt a more measured tone in front of cameras late Friday afternoon.
„I understand the hurt. I understand the pain. People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety,“ Trump said.
As cable news networks carried images of fires and destructive protests in Minneapolis, the president tweeted at 12:53 a.m. ET: „these THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!“
His phrase „when the looting starts, the shooting starts,“ mirrors language used by a Miami police chief in the late 1960s in the wake of riots.
The House of Representatives abandoned a plan to pass a reauthorization of the Patriot Act Thursday after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would veto the bill if it passes.
The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.
„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.
The Pentagon is expected to try to persuade a commander in chief who has made clear his desire to end America’s involvement in what he has criticized as “endless wars” — and who has regularly surprised the military with his decisions.
President Trump has apparently confirmed reports from earlier in the week that he wants to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in time for Election Day. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump was keen on a plan to bring forces home by November because it would likely give a boost to his campaign.