Coup D’état in Mali
Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was arrested and forced to resign, an escalation in the political crisis that has been felt for several months, marked by anti-government protests, and failed mediations by regional leaders.
After the arrest and seizure of power by the military, there were several reactions and calls that arose for the return to political normality. The heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States called for the reinstatement of the President and the United Nations condemn the Coup D’état.
The situation had deteriorated, which materialized into multiple demonstrations against corruption and electoral fraud. The opposition group ‘’June 5 movement’’ accused Keita of allowing the collapse of the Malian economy and of poor management of security issues in the north and center of the country, which led to UN intervention. Ideologically motivated movements revealed ethnic tensions and political aspirations, leading to an increase of violence in the Sahel, with violence spreading to countries like Niger or Burkina Faso.
Suspected poisoning of the main opponent of Vladimir Putin
Alexander Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s political opponent, is unconscious, following suspected poisoning. Navalny has been for several years a staunch critic of Putin, having stated in June that the votes to amend the constitution were a ‘coup’ and a violation of the constitution.
The activist was taken to Berlin to be treated for suspected poisoning, after his wife and friends begged Vladimir Putin to transfer him from the Siberian hospital where he was staying. Doctors in the city of Omsk refused to allow him to leave the hospital, however, he eventually obtained permission to fly in an air ambulance sent by a German charity in the early hours of Saturday.
Over the past century, several political opponents of Putin have mysteriously fallen ill, many of whom have died. All of them, apparently, were victims of the secret poison laboratory in Moscow, created by Lenin in 1921, which was in charge of dealing efficiently with the enemies of the state. After Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 2000, political assassinations returned intensely, so it was speculated that the laboratory would be functioning again.
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