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Mali Sets July 28 For Presidential Election

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Dioncounda Traore, Acting President of Mali

Dioncounda Traore, Acting President of Mali

As foreign troops withdraw from Mali, and the country begins its journey to political stability and struggles to move on from war and an 18-month political crisis, Mali will hold a presidential election on July 28, according to a draft law adopted by the cabinet as the nation.

Mali’s government announced the elections on Monday in a communique that set out the dates for the campaign and runoff elections.

The announcement suggests that the West African country is serious about holding the ballot, despite the fact that the capital of one of the country’s northern provinces remains under the control of an anti-government group.

“The campaign will open on Sunday, July 7 at midnight and close at midnight on July 26,” the draft law read.

Acting President Dioncounda Traore has said that neither he nor his ministers will stand in the polls, which will go to a second round on August 11 if required.

The ballot would be the first since a coup in March 2012 that ousted Mali’s democratically elected president just months before he was due to step down at the end of his final term in office.

The coup created an opening that allowed groups allied with al-Qaeda to seize northern Mali.

France, which sent more than 4,000 troops to Mali in January to try to free the north and plans to reduce that number to 1,000 before the end of 2013, has been pushing for a quick election in the hopes of restoring the country’s constitutional rule.

French Mali envoy and former Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame, speaking in Burkina Faso, confirmed the dates of the elections.

He said there were high hopes that “we can move quickly towards the signing of an interim accord permitting the holding of the presidential election throughout the whole national territory of Mali”.

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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

Donald Trump

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.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“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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