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Tanzania: Freedoms Threatened Ahead Of Elections 

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Tanzania: Freedoms Threatened Ahead Of Elections 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Tanzanian authorities of suppressing dissent.  The rights group says Tanzanian authorities have stepped up repression of opposition parties and Non-Governmental Organizations ahead of next month’s elections.

Human rights watch has also criticized new media restrictions which prevent media outlets from covering politically sensitive topics, including the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Human rights watch also said, since mid-June at least 17 opposition party members and critics of the government have been arrested.

It says it is no coincidence that the Tanzanian government has increased its repression so close to October’s elections.

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The rights group says the national electoral commission has banned some organizations that have monitored previous polls from doing so this time.

A private media house, Clouds TV, was suspended last week for announcing election statistics that had not been approved by the electoral body. Observers of the Tanzanian political scene are expecting a free and fair election.

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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.

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