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Ivory Coast: constitutional revision adopted.
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Ivory Coast: constitutional revision adopted.

“It is true that constitutional revisions arouse distrust and suspicion, because of the recent history of our country and that of many others have shown that they have often been used as a pretext to perpetuate a power or to exclude political adversaries from the electoral race”, had warned the Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara before the deputies and the senators met in a session on March 5th. A two-thirds majority of the 344 deputies and senators was necessary for the revision to be adopted.

Ivoirian president added“I want to reassure you: the draft revision of the Constitution that I will submit to you is not in this light. However, it appeared necessary to undertake some adaptations in the Constitution of the Third Republic, in order to improve this constitution and to perpetuate a model of executive function which has demonstrated its success and its effectiveness”. It seems that the message was well received by the two chambers. Out of 248 voters, 246 voted for,and only 2 parliamentarians voted against, there were no abstentions during this congress held in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political and administrative capital. The opposition boycotted the vote in the Assembly and the Senate. “We, the opposition, are against touching a comma in the Constitution a few months before the presidential election,” NGoran Djedri of the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast said, “It’s a masquerade. None of the elementary rules were respected for this modification ”. He added
The project wanted by President Alassane Ouattara affects all powers, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary.

Elected in 2010, re-elected in 2015, the 78-year-old head of state had, in theory, the possibility of hanging on since the 2016 Constitution made it possible to run for a new presidency term. But Alassane Ouattara chose to hand over. A decision that did not convince the opposition, which threatens to boycott the October presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire. Alassane Ouattara, who announced that he would not run again and wants to give the illusion of his departure, while retaining control of the main governance levers said Henri Niava, president of a small party, during a press conference bringing together the main Ivorian opposition parties on March 12th.

The political climate is tense in Ivory Coast seven months before the presidential election, which will take place ten years after the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011 which left 3,000 dead. The 2018 municipal and regional elections were marked by a lot of violence and fraud.

Sanders and Biden unite against Trump

Sanders and Biden unite against Trump

Everyone wants a better future for America, but while the American people are naïve enough to be taken into Trump’s sugar coated assertive speeches, those standing against him are trying very hard to make the truth come to the front.

As contenders have fallen off the race for Presidency one after the other, the only two standing tall are stalwarts. Bennie Sander and Joe Biden have both been seen only unite (technically) when it comes to ousting the current president to replace with someone who can truly fight for the unity of the country.

For the Vice President’s post, both feel a female candidate would be the most appropriate choice. Speaking over a weekend television appearance, both seem to be giving diverging points of view when it came to some of the most pertinent questions facing the American population. This includes health care and climate change, all amidst the growing pandemic threat that looms hard and dark over the American population.

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Biden, the former vice president was happy to announce that he was committed to naming a woman as his running mate if he wins the party’s nomination. In response, Mr. Sanders said he would “in all likelihood” do the same. Neither mentioned any names, though. Both also agreed on the fact that Trump did not seem to show any caliber or leadership in handling a small time emergency facing the nation, like the novel virus spread.

His ideas were definitely something that should get people thinking. Calling it a war with the virus for the American people, Biden proposed the expansion of drive-through testing, for the military to be used to set up emergency hospitals and for government help to make sure people who lose their jobs are able to pay their mortgages and small business loans. Mr. Sanders’ on the other hand proposed a signature Medicare-for-All system which was not second by Biden.

On the flipside, both contenders in their 70s are traversing dangerous health conditions to have made an appearance on television where a live audience was not to be found. Both were also divided over whether the government would bail out industries effected by the coronavirus create slump in the economy. Biden vote for the thought while Sanders opposed it.

This performance could be the only chance for Sanders to move the vote bank towards him, something that Biden has already achieved in the past few weeks.

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What shifted focus from Sanders to Biden?

What shifted focus from Sanders to Biden?

It seems that no one has been able to stand up against President Donald Trump. One-by-one, the candidature fell to dust, the most recent being the promising presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The one, who had promised to stand by the working class, fell off the race from presidency. The Tuesday nomination contest said it all very clearly. Those who have fell off the race had decided to side with either Sanders or the more promising Joe Biden. The latter is now known to have won at least four of the six states that voted, including the biggest prize of Michigan, dealing another blow to the “political revolution” promised by 78-year-old Sanders.

While many like his manifesto of success and uniting the American population. But strangely, most voters want someone who can defeat Donald Trump. So the voter has changed its loyalties and moved towards Joe Biden who seems to hold much more ground when it comes to the American agenda.

Sanders lost his battle both in Michigan and Missouri. A similar fate had eluded his win in 2016, to Hilary Clinton, who eventually fell victim to the Russian created negative propaganda led defeat. Sanders could only secure a win the small county of North Dakota, an insignificant win when it comes to the number of delegates that the small state holds.

Indeed, Sanders said he was winning “the ideological debate” on issues such as universal healthcare that are popular with many Americans, as well as the “generational debate” with his appeal to younger voters. Yet he acknowledged many Democrats were still choosing Biden because they believe the former vice president is the best candidate to defeat Trump.

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Warren’s withdrawal from the Democratic race, Biden’s interest, not Sanders’?

Warren’s withdrawal from the Democratic race, Biden’s interest, not Sanders’?

A Reuters / Ipsos poll shows that the withdrawal of candidate Elizabeth Warren from the US Democratic Party race for the presidential election is in the interest of candidate Joe Biden more than his opponent, Bernie Sanders.

The poll was conducted from Friday to Monday and showed that 47 percent of the registered Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden if the nomination elections were held in their state today, which is seven points higher than a similar poll conducted before Warren suspended her campaign on Thursday.

The results indicate that Warren’s supporters were not attracted to Sanders, her liberal ally on many issues, but rather turned around Biden, who turned the Democratic Race course by winning the South Carolina primary and then winning most of last Tuesday’s big elections.

Six states, including Michigan and Washington, will hold elections on Tuesday.
Warren, Massachusetts state senator, has not announced support for a particular candidate. Other, more moderate withdrawers, including Pete Potdajj, Amy Kloppshark, Michael Bloomberg and Kamala Harris, have announced their support for Biden, who previously served as vice president.

The poll found that nearly six out of every ten Sanders supporters would vote for Biden if he won the Democratic nomination to compete with Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3rd, election.

A Reuters / Ipsos poll was conducted online across the United States, with the participation of 1,114 adult Americans, including 541 people who said they were registered Democrats or independents. The margin of error is five percentage points.

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‘I need ‘no assistance from any nation’ in 2020 presidential election, says President Trump

‘I need ‘no assistance from any nation’ in 2020 presidential election, says President Trump

On Tuesday, President Trump told journalists that he required no foreign assistance in the 2020 presidential election and that he wasn’t offered any such help.

“I want no help from any nation, and I have been given no assistance from any nation,” Trump told reporters at a press meet in New Delhi, India, when asked whether he would commit on not accepting foreign assistance in the upcoming election.

The president’s comments additionally come after reports surfaced last week that a U.S. intelligence official had advised members of Congress in a classified setting that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. election with an end goal to assist Trump with winning it.

The president and other White House officials have dismissed meeting any intelligence and the denied possibilities of Moscow’s mediating to help in Trump’s reelection. Trump has also emphasized that subsequent reports showing that the official who informed administrators may have exaggerated the evaluation of Russian meddling and stated that Democrats leaked the subtleties as a significant aspect of a “misinformation campaign.”

According to The Hill, U.S. intelligence authorities have likewise informed Democratic presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign that Russia has tried to meddle in the primary to help him.

Trump, on Tuesday, denounced House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, saying, “I think it was leaking from the Intelligence Committee,” “In my opinion, Schiff leaked it,” The Hill reported.

The president advised Democrats don’t need Sanders to win “for evident reasons.”

As per The Hill, it isn’t evident whether Congress has been primed on any tries by Russia to meddle in the primary on the part of Sanders.

The U.S. intelligence committee evaluated that Russia meddled in the 2016 election with the point of harming Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.

Trump faced the impeachment trial as he misused his power by asking Ukraine’s president to investigate Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden during a call in July.

Trump was found not guilty, and the Senate acquitted him from the impeachment trial last month.

Article Credit: The Hill/BBC

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