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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Accuses U.S. Envoy Of Funding Protests, Threatens To Expel Him

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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Accuses U.S. Envoy Of Funding Protests, Threatens To Expel Him

Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, has threatened to expel US envoy- Brian Nichols. The ruling party accused the American embassy of sponsoring Friday’s planned anti-government protests.

Party spokesperson, Patrick Chinamasa said the protests, intended to condemn corruption in government, were an attempt to overthrow the government and suggested they could be met with force. Chinamasa also accused Nichols of “acting as a thug.”

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The US embassy had rejected allegations that it is trying to destabilize the country.

The US has slammed Zimbabwe with targeted economic sanctions over what America calls poor human rights record. Zimbabwean authorities tightened lockdown restrictions, and imposed a night time curfew following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

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Meanwhile, opposition groups have accused the government of using the pandemic to clamp down on fundamental freedoms, including the right to assemble peacefully. The united nations human rights office and the US have warned that the pandemic should not be used to restrict freedoms.

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Last week an opposition politician was arrested for organizing the protests. A freelance journalist was also held for supporting the demonstration.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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