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Palestinian PM Offers To Resign

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Prime Minister of Palestine, Rami Hamdallah has offered to step down in a move which may pave the way for a unity government agreed between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, the Palestinian news agency WAFA has reported.

Hamdallah’s offer on Friday came a day after Israel suspended US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

“I present my resignation, and the government is in your excellency’s hands whenever you wish,” WAFA news agency quoted the prime minister telling Abbas.

Hamdallah, whose role is limited to domestic governance, offered his resignation last year in a dispute over his powers, but retracted it shortly afterwards.

The reconciliation pact agreed between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah party on Wednesday envisions agreeing upon a government of independent technocrats within five weeks and holding elections six months later.

No national polls have been held since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006, leading to a brief war between Hamas and Fatah the next year in which the armed group seized control of the Gaza Strip.

In the political vacuum which followed, Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, personally appointed Hamdallah and his predecessor Salam Fayyad, while Hamas’s own prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, has served in Gaza.

In response to Wednesday’s reconciliation pact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas could “have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas but he can’t have both”.

He said his country could not negotiate with an administration that embraces an armed group sworn to Israel’s destruction.

“As long as I’m prime minister of Israel, I will never negotiate with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas terrorists that are calling for our liquidation,” Netanyahu said on Thursday.

US President Barack Obama, whose administration dragged the two sides back to the negotiating table last July after a three-year hiatus, called the Palestinian unity deal “unhelpful”.

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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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