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Obama Urged Not To Visit Argentina On 40th Anniversary Of Military Coup

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Human rights activists in Argentina have called on Barack Obama to cancel – or at least reschedule – his visit to the country this month because it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the brutal 1976 coup that installed a military dictatorship that was at first supported by the US. The US president is due to arrive in Buenos Aires on 24 March, four decades to the day after a military junta imposed martial law and unleashed a “dirty war” that continued until the restoration of democracy in 1983.

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his human rights work during the dictatorship, said that Obama’s arrival would coincide with huge marches in commemoration of victims of the coup, and could even provoke confrontations. “Obama represents a country that was responsible for various military coups in Latin America, including those in Chile and Argentina,” he told the Guardian.

Although the exact number of victims remains uncertain, it is estimated that anything between 20,000 and 30,000 mostly young leftwing opponents were made to “disappear” during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship. Pérez Esquivel – who was tortured and held without trial for 14 months in the late 1970s – has written an open letter to Obama asking the US president to postpone his visit. “In 1976, while you were only 14 years old, we were starting the most tragic period of our history, with the implementation of a state terrorism which subjected our people to persecution, torture, death, and the forced disappearance of persons,” Pérez Esquivel wrote. “I am writing as a survivor of that horror [which included] financing, training, and coordination by the United States.”

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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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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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