Mali: Killing of 'democracy' in Mali, army postpones next month's elections till 2026, UN expresses concern

Mali: Killing of 'democracy' in Mali, army postpones next month's elections till 2026, UN expresses concern

The United Nations chief has urged Mali's military leaders to expedite steps to restore democracy in the country. The UN chief expressed "extreme concern" over the recent announcement by the Mali army to postpone next month's elections to 2026 . UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters on Thursday, 'It is absolutely necessary that the Mali government gives an acceptable date from the point of view of the election.'

Guterres said he spoke to the presidents of Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria, Algeria's foreign minister and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, and hoped to contact Mali's government soon. . Ghana is the head of the West African regional division 'ECOWAS', which imposed new sanctions on Mali on Sunday in response to Mali President Asimi Goita's announcement of delaying elections, suspending most commerce and financial aid and other ECOWAS members. Also land and air borders were closed.

Ghana tells army to be ready
Ghana also instructed the division's additional force to be prepared, saying, "It has to be prepared for any eventuality." Guterres said he was working with ECOWAS and the African Union (AU). The struggle to stop the Islamic extremist insurgency has been going on in Mali since 2012 (Mali Elections February). The extremist rebels were forced to withdraw from power in Mali's northern cities with the help of a French-led military campaign, but they regrouped in the desert and launched attacks on Mali's army and its allies.

Threat to people's safety increased in Mali
Attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers have compounded the insecurity. In August 2020, Mali's President Boubacar Ibrahim Keita was ousted by a coup, which also included the then army colonel Goita. Last June Goita was sworn in as president of a transitional government (Coup in Africa) after a second coup in nine months. The military regime had initially agreed to hold new elections in late February, but earlier this month the military leadership said growing insecurity across the country delayed the election until 2026, giving Goita four more years. Will remain in power.

Goita asked to think on sanctions
Goita urged ECOWAS to reconsider the sanctions and said he was ready to cooperate with the regional segment (Mali Elections 2022). Guterres noted that ECOWAS has said that if Mali's government announces acceptable dates for the election and moves in that direction, it can "gradually lift the sanctions".

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Tonga Volcano: 'Terrifying' scene captured in satellite pictures, see how giant volcano erupted under sea, panic for many countries

Tonga Volcano: 'Terrifying' scene captured in satellite pictures, see how giant volcano erupted under sea, panic for many countries

In the island country of Tonga ( Tonga Volcano ), the situation became worrying after a sudden volcanic eruption inside the sea on Saturday . The sound of volcanic eruption was heard in many neighboring countries. Videos and satellite pictures of this incident are being shared fiercely on social media since evening ( Volcano Eruption ) . In which a very dangerous scene can be seen. Whereas there is a video in which the beach area after the explosion is seen to be completely submerged in water. At the time of the incident, it seemed as if a bomb had exploded.

Ashes and small pebbles were raining everywhere, while the sky was covered in darkness. Smoke and gas were also seen coming out of the water (Tonga Volcano New Zealand). After the volcanic eruption, a tsunami warning was issued from nearby countries New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Australia and Samoa to Alaska in the US, although the tsunami threat had started to subside by Sunday, but how much damage has been done to Tonga so far (Tonga Volcano is Located Where). It could not be estimated.

New Zealand will help soon
New Zealand has said that it is monitoring the situation closely. And as the water waves subside, the neighboring country will extend help to Tonga (Tonga Volcano Eruption Aash Cloud). Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the capital of Tonga, Nuku'Olfa, had suffered a lot. But there is no news of any injury or death (Tonga Volcano Eruption Tsunami Warning). He has said this at a time when countries and humanitarian groups in the Pacific are trying to contact Tonga. Telephone and internet services were snapped here after the incident. Due to which about 105,000 people have been affected.

high plume of smoke was observed
Satellite images showed that plumes of smoke caused by the volcanic eruption were seen up to about 20 kilometers (12 mi) above sea level (Tonga Volcano Tsunami Advisory). Boats parked on the seashore were washed away in the water and people's houses were drowned. Residents were sent to higher places in time. Tsunamis occurred in Tonga, as well as tsunami waves were seen in Australia and Japan (Tonga Volcano Satellite Video). US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter that he is 'deeply concerned for the people of Tonga due to the volcanic eruption and tsunami (Tonga Volcano Latest News). America is ready to provide assistance to its neighbors in the Pacific region.

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