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12/23/2019

Elections in Afghanistan, protests in India, Trump’impeachment, crisis in Lybia

Elections in Afghanistan, protests in India, Trump’impeachment, crisis in Lybia

Afghanistan Ghani

Afghanistan’s incumbent President Ashraf Ghani is leading the race to retake the country’s leadership according to preliminary election results, according to the Afghan National Election Commission.

According to an election commission spokesman during a press conference broadcast on the commission’s Facebook, Ghani won with 50.64% of the vote, according to preliminary results.

In Second place with 39.52% of the vote was the current Afghan executive head, Abdullah Abdullah. Former Afghan Prime Minister and leader of Hezb-e-Islami (the Islamic Party of Afghanistan) Gulbeddin Hekmatyar received only 3.85% of the vote.

Abdullah wrote on his Facebook page that he did not agree with the preliminary results and referred to them as “rigged”.

Protests in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for peace as  protests against the new law granting citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants have been on-going for five days.

Mass demonstrations are taking place in India’s largest cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Calcutta.

On Sunday, at least 50 people were injured in clashes with police in Delhi.

People take to the streets for a variety of reasons: some say the new law is anti-Islamic, others fear large-scale immigration.

Trump’s impeachment

The Democrats have brought charges against the US President in the House of Representatives, supporting his being impeached. They are, however, in no hurry to refer the case to the Senate, where Republicans have the majority.

Immediately after the historic vote in the House of Representatives on December 18, the Democrats asked to allow four key witnesses to testify in the Senate.

President Trump expects to retain the presidency, as he will be supported in the Senate by a Republican majority. He also hopes that the victory in the Senate will strengthen his position in the run-up to the 2020 presidential elections.

Turkey’s military involvement in Libya?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that Turkey is ready to support the Libyan Government of National Accord. The Turkish Parliament ratified the Memorandum of Military Cooperation concluded with the Government in Tripoli on Saturday. Earlier, Erdogan had announced the possibility of sending Turkish military personnel to Libya, if Lybian authorities will ask Turkey to do so.

In late November, Erdogan and al-Sarraj, the head of the GNA,  signed memorandums of cooperation in the military sphere and mutual understanding on maritime zones. The memorandum on maritime zones was ratified by the Turkish parliament and sent to the UN.

 
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