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Mali struggles to fill political vacuum

International | Mass political unrest boils over into a coup
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/28/20, 02:13 pm

A week and a half after a military coup in Mali, other countries in the region and around the globe are nervously waiting to see what comes next. If the coup leaders don’t take steps to form a new, democratic government soon, problems with insecurity and terrorism in the African Sahel region could worsen and spill into other parts of the world.

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A defiant dictator

International | Belarusians enter another week of protests calling for Lukashenko’s ouster
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/24/20, 07:47 pm

BELARUS: Protests demanding the ouster of “Europe’s last dictator,” President Alexander Lukashenko, continue for a second week, with the embattled leader landing by helicopter at his residence and emerging before the crowd wearing body armor and carrying an assault rifle.

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Coup leaders in Mali promise elections

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/19/20, 05:27 pm

The soldiers who overthrew Mali’s government call themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People. The coup leaders claimed on Wednesday they would eventually hold democratic elections. They also announced a closed-borders policy and a nighttime curfew, then called for a return to business as usual. “The social and political tension has undermined the proper functioning of the country for quite a while,” spokesman Col. Maj. Ismael Wague said.

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