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Thai Railway Chief Fired After Train R*pe

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The head of Thailand’s state railway has been sacked by the country’s military government after a public furore over the rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in her berth on an overnight train.

The junta, which took power in a May 22 coup, broadcast a decree over television on Thursday, ordering State Railway of Thailand Governor Prapas Chongsa-nguan to leave his post in order to make railway operations more “orderly”.

He had earlier declined to resign in response to calls for him to show responsibility.

Police arrested a railway worker for the rape and killing of the girl travelling on Saturday night from the south to Bangkok.

Police said he had confessed to the crime and to tossing her body from the car, which was not found until Tuesday morning.

The crime sparked a public outcry calling for capital punishment for rape.

The railway chief’s ouster has a political element as well.

The junta has been purging senior civil servants and political appointees of the former elected government in a bid to strengthen its hand over the country’s administration before elections it has planned for around October 2015.

Prapas was closely linked to the former ruling party of ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government’s plan for an expensive high-speed rail network, which
was scrapped after the army takeover.

By firing Prapas, the junta, which has been waging an extensive public relations campaign to paint itself as promoters of social good and enemies of crime and corruption, can at the same time claim credit for responding to the considerable public clamour over the girl’s killing.

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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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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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