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Diplomats Warn Zimbabwe Against Using Covid-19 To Restrict Citizen Rights

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Diplomats Warn Zimbabwe Against Using Covid-19 To Restrict Citizen Rights

Seven western diplomats have issued a statement to warn Zimbabwe against using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to restrict citizens’ rights.

The diplomats statement came as more than a dozen Zimbabweans are in hiding, afraid of reprisals for organizing an anti-government protest.

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The seven countries, including the United States, have called on president Emmerson Mnangagwa to abide by his inauguration pledge in 2018 to respect human rights.  The countries have also pledged continued assistance to Zimbabwe as it struggles with the humanitarian crisis created by continued droughts and the covid-19 pandemic.

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The Zimbabwe government says it would not comment on the statement by the U.S., Germany, Poland, Britain, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. But, the country’s information minister says “this is just a piece of rubbish.”  He said this is meant to stifle Zimbabwe from criticizing those countries, especially for what he called the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

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Soaring Inflation Hampers South Sudan Government / ANN News

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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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