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Tunisian Protesters Rally To Back Government Amid Anti-government Protests

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Tunisians have come out in tens of thousands to show support for the country’s Islamist-led government, in one of the largest demonstrations since the 2011 revolution.

Shouting, “No to coups, yes to elections”, supporters of the ruling Ennahda party on Saturday crowded into Kasbah Square next to the prime minister’s office in the capital, Tunis.

Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, called on supporters of the embattled government to join the rally to push back against a week of mass protests calling for the government’s removal.

“We support the legitimacy of the government because we care about Tunisia and we care about democracy, not Ennahda,” said 40-year-old Suad Nasri, a Tunisian flag wrapped around her head. “I’m not an Ennahda backer, but I want our democracy to succeed.”

Kasbah Square was the site of major rallies in the days after autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011, with demonstrators demanding a transitional constituent assembly to draft a new constitution – one of the bodies the opposition is now demanding be dissolved.

Elsewhere in Tunis, several thousand opposition demonstrators gathered outside the parliament building for what has become a nightly protest against the government, witnesses said. A coalition of opposition parties has called for a major protest later this week, to coincide with the six-month anniversary of the killing of secular leftist leader Chokri Belaid.

On Saturday, Tunisia’s prime minister appealed for calm from pro- and anti-government groups planning rival mass rallies this weekend.

The North African country is experiencing increased attacks by fighters at a time when the secularist opposition is trying to topple the government.

“Tunisia is in need of national unity. … I call for calm so that the army and security forces can combat terrorism and not waste its efforts on protests,” Prime Minister Ali Larayedh told a news conference.

On Sunday, the Tunisian interior ministry said that a suspected “terrorist” was killed and another wounded in an intense firefight during a dawn raid by security forces.

The ministry said that six other suspects were arrested in the operation in Tunis’ El Ouardia neighbourhood.

The arrests came a day after authorities said that security forces had foiled an attempted assassination attempt on Friday of a prominent politician in the coastal town of Sousse, a week after assailants gunned down a leftist politician in the capital.

The ministry said two “dangerous terrorists” were arrested for suspected involvement in the attempt. A third suspect was still on the run after trading machinegun fire with security forces, the ministry 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

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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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