The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution allowing European Union troops to use force in the Central African Republic and threatening sanctions against those blamed for the country’s strife.
The EU has pledged 500 troops to help African and French forces already in the country trying to end clashes between rival Christian and Muslim militias.
The resolution allows the reinforcements to use “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in the country which has been in near anarchy since its president was overthrown by rebels 10 months ago.
Former rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, who replaced the ousted president, resigned this month along with his prime minister after failing to check the religious violence.
Following the resignation, Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui, the capital, was elected interim president of the Central African Republic, making her the first woman to hold the post.
The UN resolution allows for sanctions against the ringleaders of groups blamed for massacres and human rights abuses, but did not name initial targets for measures.
It also calls on the Central African Republic’s interim government to speed up moves towards new elections.
A transitional accord between rival groups set a deadline of February next year for elections. The council said polls should be held in the second half of 2014 if possible.
Gerard Araud, France’s UN ambassador, said the resolution was “a new stage” in efforts to help the Central African Republic out of the strife in which thousands are feared killed and more than 900,000 people have fled their homes.
“There is an incredible amount of resentment and hatred between the two communities,” he said of the clashes between Muslim and Christian groups, but added that there are signs of improvement.
Separately, thousands of jubilant residents took to the streets of Bangui to celebrate on Tuesday after peacekeepers escorted dozens more rebels from military bases in the latest sign the fighters are losing their grip on the country.
Their departure from Camp Kasai comes a day after others left the hillside Camp de Roux in central Bangui for another base on the northern outskirts, witnesses said.
Other top brass from the Seleka movement were escorted by peacekeepers north of the capital on Sunday, and were believed to be heading towards neighbouring Chad.
“We are liberated! This is our New Year!” the crowds shouted as the rebels left under the protection of French and African regional forces.
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
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.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
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.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
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.
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.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
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.
“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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