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Romanians Hold Mass Protests Against Corruption Despite PM’s Resignation

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Thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets of the capital for a second night to call for end to corruption despite the resignation of the country’s prime minister. Prime Minister Victor Ponta quit earlier on Wednesday after mass protests triggered by a night club fire that killed 32 people.

More than 30,000 people demonstrated in Bucharest and other major cities to demand a “profound change” in the government, AFP news agency reported.

Wednesday’s turnout was even bigger than one the previous evening when some 20,000 demonstrators massed in Bucharest’s Victory Square, the seat of government, calling for Ponta’s resignation and that of his interior minister, Gabriel Oprea. Protesters said the government’s resignation should be just the beginning of reforming a political class and public administration widely seen as corrupt.

“We came here first of all to fight against corruption, people who are corrupt and the system which defends corrupt people. If the system doesn’t remove corrupt people by itself, people will make their own justice. If in 1989 (anti-Communist revolution) people fought for liberty, in 2015 we are fighting for justice,” said protester, Hans.

Aljazeera.

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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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