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Parties Say They’ll Boycott Next Month’s Parliamentary Vote

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Bahrain’s Shia-led opposition has said it will boycott parliamentary elections planned for next month, saying the vote would cement “absolute authoritarianism” in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

Four opposition groups, including the main Shia movement Al-Wefaq, said on Saturday that they would pursue “peaceful protests” instead, until their demand for a constitutional monarchy was achieved.

The Gulf kingdom had scheduled elections for a new 40-seat lower house of parliament on November 22, the first since protests rocked the country in 2011.

The opposition groups denounced the planned elections as “a new autocratic step” by the government and urged Bahrainis to join the boycott.

“The fact that the authority has taken this decision… [is] a new autocratic step added to its continuous persistence to maintain its totalitarian rule,” it said.

In a statement published on twitter, Al-Wefaq accused Bahraini authorities of not representing “the will of the people,” calling it “absolute authoritarianism.”

A proposal by authorities in September to relaunch a national dialogue was given a frosty reception by Al-Wefaq.

Bahrain’s opposition is demanding an independent election commission and the dissolution of the Consultative Council, parliament’s upper chamber whose members are appointed by the king.

They are also demanding the prime minister be appointed by parliamentary majority, instead of the king.

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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.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

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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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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