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After weeks of crisis the presidential election will take place

After weeks of crisis, the presidential election will take place at the end of March

The Senegalese will vote for their president at the end of March, but the exact date is still unclear. The government announced on Wednesday that the first round would take place on March 24, while the Constitutional Council had scheduled it for March 31. For its part, after a lively debate, Parliament passed an amnesty law for acts related to political violence in recent years.

Published on: 03/06/2024 – 10:11 p.m. Modified on: 03/06/2024 – 11:05 p.m

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The Senegalese were finally due to elect their fifth president at the end of March, following a sudden acceleration of events on Wednesday March 6 in the severe political crisis caused by the last-minute postponement of the vote.

However, there remains some uncertainty about the exact date: the presidency announced that the first round would take place on March 24th, and the Constitutional Council set it for March 31st.

The election would in any case take place before the expiry of President Macky Sall's mandate on April 2, one of the key elements of the crisis, as a broad front of opposition and civil society suspects Macky Sall of wanting to cling to power.

A second round, which is likely based on the current status of candidatures but for which no date has been announced, would take place before or after the 2nd round. However, a Constitutional Council decision published on Wednesday says that compared to the first round, if the turnaround were to take place before the end of the mandate, President Sall would remain in his post until his successor is appointed.

Another reason for tension is that the competition must compete against the 19 participants whose list the Constitutional Council has already confirmed, the Constitutional Council said in a separate decision. The seven “wise men” refused to re-examine this list, which was recommended to the head of state at the end of a “national dialogue”.

The anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye, who has been imprisoned since April 2023, is on this list. For him, however, the question of a possible amnesty arises, which was approved by the National Assembly on the same day.

“Setting the date of the election beyond the term of office of the incumbent President of the Republic violates the constitution,” wrote the Sages. The wise men said they would replace the executive branch because it was “sluggish” in setting the date.

The Senegalese presidency took note of this sudden change in the calendar by announcing in the evening that Prime Minister Amadou Ba had been “relieved” of his post as head of the election campaign. He will be replaced by Interior Minister Sidiki Kaba, a spokesman said.

Since Monday, President Sall himself has referred the matter to the Constitutional Council for an opinion. The head of state presented recommendations resulting from a “national dialogue” that he convened last week to try to emerge from the crisis caused by the postponement of presidential elections, one of the most serious in recent decades.

President Sall shocked a country considered one of the most stable in West Africa and rocked by power grabs by ordering on February 3 the postponement of elections scheduled for February 25.

“National dialogue” was one of President Macky Sall’s responses to the crisis. The other was a bill seeking amnesty for acts of political violence in recent years, a text that has been widely criticized despite being intended to ease tensions.

After debating all day and observing a break visibly lengthened by the unexpected turn of events, the deputies approved, with 94 votes in favor and 49 against, this text, which is seen by its critics as protecting the perpetrators of serious acts, including homicides, was insulted.

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The project amnesties all offenses or crimes, whether tried or not, committed between February 1, 2021 and February 25, 2024 and “related to demonstrations or having political motives.”

Between 2021 and 2023, Senegal experienced several episodes of unrest, clashes, looting and looting, triggered in particular by the standoff between opponent Ousmane Sonko and the government. In February, Senegal was plagued by further unrest following the announcement of the postponement of elections. Since 2021, dozens of people have been killed, hundreds injured, and hundreds more arrested.

The issue of the application of amnesty to Ousmane Sonko and his possible return to the saddle during the election campaign excited the political class. The Constitutional Council's decisions appear to rule out Ousmane Sonko's return to the competition. Ousmane Sonko, third in the 2019 presidential election and declared candidate in 2024, has been detained since July 2023 and was excluded from the presidential election in which he was one of the favorites.

However, the amnesty could pave the way for his release from prison, as well as that of his number two, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, who was chosen by her party as his successor and who could run a campaign as his supporters are loudly demanding in the name of equality of the candidates.

The latest in a series of amnesties passed since independence could, without elaborating, mean the release of dozens of opponents.

The presidency justified the amnesty with the need to “appease the political and social climate.” The law “has the sole aim of reconciliation (…) President Macky Sall does not hide any evil intentions,” assured Farba Ngom, deputy of the presidential camp, during the debate.

But many political and social actors opposed the project and expressed outrage that neither a member of the security forces nor a government official would be held accountable. “This law is a license to continue murdering Senegalese. Amnesty law, amnesia law: not in my name. Justice for the murdered and tortured,” exclaimed MP Guy Marius Sagna.

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Haley leaves the scene Biden Trump returns in November

Haley leaves the scene, Biden Trump returns in November

The exit of Nikki Haley, who announced the suspension of her campaign for the Republican nomination, finally paves the way for a rematch between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is the inevitable consequence of Super Tuesday, which gave the US president and his predecessor a long winning streak and a large number of candidates for their respective summer congresses. Haley did not support the former president in his speech in Charleston, South Carolina. Instead, she urged him to win the support of moderate Republicans and independent voters who supported her. “It is now up to Donald Trump to win the votes of those inside and outside our party who did not support him.” And I hope that he does,” he said.

“In the best case, politics is about getting people involved in your own cause and not driving them away. And our conservative cause desperately needs more people,” Haley emphasized. Both Trump and Biden were quick to court Haley voters. The president congratulated her on the critical tone she took against Trump in her campaign. He told “the truth” about the tycoon, he said in a statement. Then, referring to Trump's previous claims that he had threatened to “permanently expel” Haley's supporters from his movement, Biden said: “Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not want Nikki Haley's supporters.” I want to be clear: In my campaign There is a place for them.” The tycoon, for his part, did not hesitate to withdraw the fatwà issued some time ago: “It was the most successful Super Tuesday in history and I would also like to invite all Haley supporters to join the largest movement in history. “ Biden “is the enemy” and “is destroying our country,” he wrote in Truth. The former president also received the support of his most powerful domestic enemy, Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell. “It is clear that former President Trump has gained the necessary support from Republican voters to be our nominee for President of the United States. “It should come as no surprise that he will have my support as a candidate,” McConnell said after Haley got out. According to calculations, Trump is expected to reach the number of delegates required to officially win the nomination on March 12th. Biden has to wait until March 19th. Then it will be a long road to the vote on November 5th. A preview of what will happen in the coming months will come Thursday evening with the State of the Union address that President Biden will deliver to Congress.

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ALBA TCP expresses concern about the Haiti crisis|News|teleSUR

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America and the People's Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) expressed this Wednesday “its concern about the serious and ongoing situation” in Haiti.


The Security Council meets due to the violent crisis in Haiti

A statement from ALBA-TCP denounces that “the recent violence deepens the crisis and makes a Haiti-led solution, including a broad dialogue between civil society and political actors, more urgent.”

It refers to the fact that violence in Haiti in recent days has led to the displacement of 15,000 people, according to UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

Indeed, heavy shootings, looting, clashes with police, kidnappings and arson on Tuesday marked a day in which hundreds of people had to leave refugee camps and their homes to avoid falling victim to armed gangs spreading terror across the country.

In this sense, the ALBA-TCP note states that “it is imperative that peace, democracy and the necessary security conditions be restored in the country.”

Faced with the proposal of a new international intervention, the ALBA-TCP reiterates “the need to coordinate efforts so that Sister Haiti can find the final path to peace and resolve the humanitarian needs of its people through effective cooperation mechanisms without interference.”

The Haitian government on Sunday imposed a state of emergency and a 72-hour curfew that could be extended in the Western department, where the capital Port-au-Prince is located, after the two largest prisons were taken over by criminal gangs, causing the escape of more than 3,000 prisoners.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ariel Henry is in Puerto Rico.

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The European Commission wants to weaken the environmental laws that

The European Commission wants to weaken the environmental laws that have been approved

Trade Commissioner Dombrovskis is pushing for new regulations on waste and forest protection to be weakened due to resistance at the WTO.

Brussels. The result could hardly have been much clearer: with 587 votes in favor and eight against, on 27 February in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted in favor of amending the waste shipment regulation, previously agreed with the Council (33 representatives abstained). “The EU will finally take responsibility for its plastic waste, banning its export to non-OECD countries”, rejoiced the parliamentary negotiator, Danish Christian Democrat Pernille Weiss. But at the same time, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for trade policy, had to hear harsh criticism of this export ban in Abu Dhabi. Several developing countries complained to him during the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference that the EU was indirectly imposing environmental standards on them.

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Boluarte the Peruvian government39s weakened strategy to weather the crisis

Boluarte, the Peruvian government's weakened strategy to weather the crisis


June 3, 2024 8:38 p.m

An alleged corruption scandal has deprived Peruvian President Dina Boluarte of her chief of staff and righthand man. But even without his strongest support, with the economy in the red and unfavorable polls, analysts believe it is unlikely that his turbulent tenure will not end in 2026.

Boluarte, whose popularity in polls does not exceed 10% and who does not have his own party in a Congress controlled by the right and the far right, counted on Alberto Otárola as a skillful political operator.

But above all as his squire in the face of investigations into the suppression of protests against his takeover of power in 2022, when, according to international human rights organizations, around fifty demonstrators died as a result of the use of state forces.

It was Otárola, as defense minister and later prime minister, who proposed the repressive strategy against leftwing groups that opposed the dismissal of Pedro Castillo, the arrested and prosecuted former president who unsuccessfully tried to dissolve parliament.

Boluarte, until then his discreet vice president, seized power in a country that had recently been marked by instability.

How is the government surviving the protests and scandal? Here are some keys:

1 May everything stay the same

Otárola, a 57yearold lawyer, was forced to leave the government after a scandal over the publication of audio recordings in which he referred to a woman under 30 as “love” and last year contracts with the state worth around US$69 Dollar received a thousand reais, in an alleged case of influence peddling that the now former prime minister denies.

In his place this Wednesday was the centerright lawyer Gustavo Adrianzén, Peru's former representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).

The president “got a prime minister very similar to Alberto Otárola. I assume that there will be no significant substantive changes,” analyst Augusto Alvarez Rodrich told AFP.

The fact that Adrianzén is the only new face in an 18member cabinet of ministers after the recent scandal “gives the impression that only the main character has been changed, so nothing changes.” And as was the case with Otárola, he will be the counterweight to the congressional benches,” he adds.

“May everything change so that everything stays the same,” summarizes Rodrich.

2 Coexistence and convenience

Therefore, with the arrival of Adrianzén, the president wants to avoid clashes with the legislature at all costs.

Since 2017, Peru has had six presidents, two of whom were removed from office by Congress; two who resigned before suffering the same fate; One who ended his short transition period of eight months and Boluarte who refused to resign or bring forward the elections despite bloody protests.

“It is very likely that Dina Boluarte will finish her term because the opposition on the street has no interest in removing her and because there is also no interest in Congress from the various left or right sides.” They all want to “Complete their legislative period in July 2026,” says analyst José Carlos Requena.

Until that date, all forces will try to maintain a tacit coalition government. In practice, Boluarte still has “the support of Congress and I don’t think the opposition will grow,” he concludes.

According to the analyst, “the big incentive for Congress not to move the waves is its own survival.” Dissolving the chamber in March 2024 and bringing forward elections in the event of a crisis or conflict is not a scenario supported by the majority of parliamentarians is desired, only a minority wants new elections.”

3 Human Rights and Economy

Boluarte's weak point remains his negative human rights record following the suppression of protests.

“The fall of Otárola may cause human rights organizations to intensify their criticism of the government, but I do not think they will be enough to threaten the continued existence of the regime,” says Requena.

On the other hand, the economy is also unlikely to fuel popular discontent, even though the country has been in recession since 2023.

Indicators for 2024 predict improvements and inflation is on track to remain in the expected annual range below 3.0%.

“The people of Peru will not mobilize for anything, they have lost confidence in the protests, the economy is improving in terms of investments and there will be improvements in the second half of the year,” says analyst Augusto Alvarez.

Although the Peruvian economy has moved from one crisis to the next, it has proven resilient with an informal share of 70%. Today, the Peruvian currency is practically the same price as before the scandal (1 dollar is worth 3.77 soles).

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A condominium association had to pay 22000 because of a

A condominium association had to pay $22,000 because of a hot water problem

A co-ownership association was recently ordered to pay more than $22,000 at the end of a legal battle led by two Montreal co-owners who had hot water problems at their previous residence for years before the problem was resolved.

In 2014, Erik Robitaille and Pierre Chatelain acquired shared ownership on the sixth floor of the then newly built real estate complex U31 in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie district. They lived peacefully in their home for three years until September 2017, when they noticed that they had to run the water for several minutes before it got hot. They then have to take lukewarm or even cold showers and also have difficulty washing their dishes, underlines a decision made on February 16 by Quebec Court Judge Catherine Pilon.

“The court would like to emphasize that there is nothing inappropriate, unlawful or extravagant [à] It is necessary to live in a place that is properly or efficiently supplied with hot water for the needs of daily life in both winter and summer,” explains the judge.

The co-owners therefore contacted their co-owners' association, which was responsible for managing the building. They initially informed them that this problem with the hot water supply was “normal in winter”. The co-owners then repeatedly requested the intervention of an expert who could find the cause of this problem with the hot water supply, but the union instead carried out some work in the couple's co-ownership, where in particular a plumber was sent. .

However, “none of these steps were successful, so the plaintiffs, through their lawyer, had to send a formal notice to the union on June 11, 2020, so that it appoints an expert to identify the person hired due to the low hot water supply.” ”takes the decision from Judge Pilon.

Design defects

Only after the co-owners had decided to take legal action did the co-ownership community finally use the services of an engineering firm. It was subsequently determined that the hot water supply problem was related to a design flaw in the common areas of the building. This problem was then resolved by the developer of the real estate project.

For their part, the co-owners, who sold their accommodation in April 2022, continued their lawsuit against the union, demanding compensation for the inconvenience they suffered during the years in which they had problems with hot water supply, as well as reimbursement of their legal costs Cost. In doing so, they relied on Article 1077 of the Civil Code of Quebec, which provides that the co-ownership syndicate “is responsible for damage caused to co-owners or third parties by reason of defects in design or construction or lack of maintenance of common areas, without prejudice to any rights of recourse.”

The Quebec court upheld a legal obligation that the union failed to comply with for several years. “It took almost four years and injunction proceedings before the union finally decided to appoint the right experts so that the problem could be identified and a solution found,” laments Judge Catherine Pilon, noting that the union “abused “acted by dragging things out.” without really taking the plaintiffs’ situation seriously.” Instead, the union should have hired an expert from the start who would have been able to find the cause of the hot water supply problem in this co-ownership association, the judge added in her eight-page decision.

“As the plaintiff Robitaille, himself a doctor, said in his statement, a diagnosis must be made before prescribing a remedy,” the judge added, according to which the co-ownership association had acted in “bad faith” in this file.

The Quebec court therefore awarded the co-owners $7,200 in compensation for the inconvenience they had experienced in their previous accommodation for several years. The court also granted the couple access to $15,280 in restitution to cover some of their legal fees for the years this legal saga dragged on.

An “extraordinary” decision

“It really shows the commitment of the co-ownership association to ensure that the rights of the co-owners are respected, including the right to full enjoyment,” notes the plaintiffs' lawyer, Philippe Gagnon-Marin, in an interview.

The latter also points out that it is “extraordinary” that the Quebec court allows the reimbursement of extrajudicial fees in cases of this type. He also points out that cases of co-owners claiming compensation for hot water problems are rare and more common in the rental market. The lawyer hopes that this decision will help raise awareness among co-ownership associations of the importance of complying with their legal obligations.

“The ruling could be a warning sign for unions that may not be sufficiently aware of their obligations,” believes Me Gagnon-Marin.

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1709775387 Brazil39s indigenous leaders are asking President Pedro Sanchez to help

Brazil's indigenous leaders are asking President Pedro Sánchez to help protect their land and environment

Brazil39s indigenous leaders are asking President Pedro Sanchez to help

The indigenous people of Brazil are a small, extremely well-organized minority whose political weight far exceeds their demographic weight. Spanish President Pedro Sánchez visited the Memorial of Indigenous Peoples in Brasilia this Wednesday to learn first-hand about the wishes and demands of this group, which represents less than 1% of the population but plays a crucial role in protection and therefore the Containment of tropical forests plays a role in climate change. Sánchez has announced that the funding line for indigenous peoples developed by the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) will finance two projects in Brazil for the first time.

After a meeting and lunch with Lula, Sánchez visited the Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, to whom he stressed that the defense of democratic values ​​is one of the pillars of Parliament. Social progress. And he visited an exhibition about the damage caused in the attack on the three powers' headquarters in January. 2023.

The Indigenous Peoples Memorial welcomes visitors with a humble sign reminding them: “12,000 years on this earth.” The visit begins with an exhibition of. spectacular feather headgear that gives an impression of the rich diversity of this group.

The rise to power of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva just over a year ago marked the end of the dark Bolsonaro era for Brazil's indigenous population. The right-wing extremist president gave wings to the predators of the jungle, wanted to legalize the commercial exploitation of minerals from indigenous lands and fulfilled his promise not to demarcate a single inch of land. For this reason, Lula's victory was a balm for them. And he also had the gesture of creating a ministry for indigenous peoples and appointing an indigenous woman to head it, Sonia Guajajara. He placed another native, Joenia Wapichana, at Funai, the official foundation for the protection of the indigenous population. The incumbent president has also created six new reservations, far fewer than indigenous people demand.

That same afternoon, several of the President's interlocutors stressed the importance of the need for legal protection in the areas where indigenous people still live, in order to protect themselves from the constant attacks of all kinds of poachers and in view of the expansion of the agricultural sector. . One of them even went so far as to say that the main enemy of the indigenous population at the moment is Congress, where Bolsonaro's allies are in the majority.

They also emphasized their diversity. The 1.7 million indigenous people belong to 266 cities and speak 160 languages. They are currently defending their rights on board motorcycles with satellite phones or with legal arguments before the Supreme Court.

One of the projects that Spain will finance is called Morîîpe Upastakon Yamoinonpa (Taking Good Care of Our Land). It will support the Roraima State Indigenous Council, which brings together 465 communities across 10 million hectares. The idea is to strengthen their work as security forces for the indigenous population themselves, brigade members, etc. The other will fund FUNAI projects to train locals in the ecologically sustainable management of their own territories, based on the knowledge of their ancestors passed down from generation to generation.

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Discover which country the Asian ancestors of Nayib Bukele President

Discover which country the Asian ancestors of Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, come from

It is very likely that you have heard of Nayib Bukele more than once President of El Salvador, either for his celebrated method of fighting crime or for his controversial statements that have managed to roil the political echelon on more than one occasion. However, there are some lesser-known aspects of the popular presidentsuch as where its origins come from and how it managed to achieve the overwhelming popularity it enjoys today.

What is known about it? Bukele It revolves around his role as president of El Salvador, which, for better or worse, brought him a stunning re-election in the Central American country's recent elections. According to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE)In the presidential election on February 4, just a month into 2024, the president received more than 85% of the vote.

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Nayib Bukele, a Salvadoran of Asian descent

There are very few who know this information about the personal life of the Salvadoran president. Son of Armando Bukele KattanNayib was born on July 24, 1981 in El Salvador, a country where he had a prosperous childhood thanks to his ancestry. The president comes from a family of Palestinian immigrants who came to El Salvador at the beginning of the 20th century and managed to build a diverse business consortium of companies from different sectors.

Bukele is the son of a Muslim father originally from Bethlehem (West Bank) who spearheaded the construction of one of the first mosques in Latin America. Nayib Bukele pointed out more than once the influence his father had on him. Photo: El Pais.

The struggle of their Palestinian ancestors, who had to deal with prejudices and bureaucratic obstacles, allowed Nayib's generation in the Bukele family to achieve certain privileges, such as a family education Pan American Schoolan elite bilingual school “reserved for an upper socioeconomic segment,” as he described it Oscar PicardoBukele's primary school teacher, for whom International media BBC.

Although Nayib has now become the representative face of El Salvador, he has not hesitated to invoke it Palestine. This genuine love for his heritage would not be an act of populism since, according to Picardo, Nayib did not hesitate to point out his heritage whenever he could. “Every student wrote something in his yearbook that defined him, and he came up with (…) a sentence that more or less said: 'The blood of the student is like that of the martyr', a bit like: jihadist.”

1709775200 528 Discover which country the Asian ancestors of Nayib Bukele PresidentNayib Bukele's father is considered an important figure in El Salvador. Photo: Diario El Salvador.

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Christian origin who converted to Islam

Although Nayib Bukele's ancestors were Christianshis father Armando made the decision to bring about change and convert to Islam, which made him an important figure of this religion in El Salvador. Bukele Kattan He founded four mosques, including the first in the Central American country, and hosted the television show “Clarify concepts”.

Although Nayib often speaks about his father's influence on him, he affirms this is not a religious practitioner, although he believes in Jesus Christ and often resorts to the Bible in a country with many Catholic and Protestant believers. “I've said it before. I have accepted Christ into my heart. I believe that a person’s relationship with God should be personal because I believe religion distances us from God.”

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