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India’s Opposition Wants PM’s Resignation Over ‘Ineffectiveness’

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India’s opposition has demanded the resignation of Congress Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, raising the stakes after forcing the exit of two cabinet ministers over corruption scandals.

Pressure has been building for months on the premier, who is widely accused of ineffectiveness while overseeing a sharp economic slowdown and turning a blind eye to a slew of graft controversies that have alarmed foreign investors.

“The government is facing serious corruption allegations,” Rajnath Singh, president of the Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Saturday.

“If the prime minister honestly introspects about what should be done to strengthen the faith of the people in the government, he will find he has no other option but to resign,” Rajnath Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

His calls came after law minister Ashwani Kumar quit on what the media dubbed “Black Friday” over government interference in a police probe, while railway minister Pawan Bansal resigned over a separate bribe allegation controversy.

The resignations have heightened speculation about how long the minority left-leaning government, clinging to power with the support of two regional parties, can stagger on. Its five-year mandate expires in May 2014.

“They definitely are very vulnerable now,” political analyst Subhash Agrawal of think-tank India Focus told AFP.

Congress however fought on Saturday to contain the fallout, insisting the ministers’ resignations showed it had zero tolerance for graft.

Congress “has once again clearly shown if there is suspicion on anyone – even if unproved – they are made to resign”, party leader Digvijaya Singh said.

Kumar insisted on Saturday he was innocent of wrongdoing and had quit as a “loyal (party) footsoldier” to end “unnecessary controversy”.

“My conscience remains clear and I believe I will stand vindicated,” he said.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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