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Thai Coup Leader Rules Out Elections For One Year

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No elections will take place in Thailand for the next one year, head of the country’s military regime has said.

He also promised that soldiers would head back to their barracks once the country’s unresolved political issues have been addressed.

“The (ruling military regime) have a timeframe of one year and three months to move towards elections,” said army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in a televised national address on Friday, a week after the army took power.

“Give us time to solve the problems for you. Then the soldiers will step back to look at Thailand from afar,” he said.

According to him, a first phase of around three months would focus on “reconciliation” in the ferociously divided nation, with a cabinet and new draft constitution put in place to enact reforms during a second year-long phase. Only after this could elections be held.

He noted that during this time, the regime would not tolerate protests.

Thailand’s military seized power on May 22 and set about rounding up scores of political figures, academics and activists.

Authorities have scrapped the constitution, curtailed civil liberties under martial law and imposed a nightly curfew.

Around 300 people have now been held for periods of up to a week, with those released threatened with prosecution if they continue political activism.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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