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The Honduran Supreme Court Lifted A Constitutional Ban On Presidential Terms And Hondurans Are Protesting The Decision

The electoral commission gave the Honduran presidency to incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández.

The electoral commission of Honduras ruled that Juan Orlando Hernández will serve as president for a second term. Critics say that this decision is against the country’s constitution that limits presidents to only one term. The Honduran Supreme Court lifted a constitutional ban that limited presidential terms, which allowed for U.S.-backed Hernández to run for re-election. Officials with the Organization of American States (OAS), and organization that brings leaders from the Americas to address issues and opportunities in the region, are pressuring Honduras for a new vote because of irregularities they found in the voting process. The irregularities are too suspicious to have just happened by coincidence, according to critics.

Honduras has been rocked by violence since the election took place on Nov. 26. The discrepancies in the vote counting led to weeks of protests, strict nationwide curfews, and the deaths of activists at the hands of police. Reports claim that dozens of people have been killed in clashes during protests. The new announcement by the electoral commission has sparked new protests around the country.

“There were multiple opportunities for fraud in this election, and only a determination by impartial international observers that the vote tally was fair and transparent will provide the necessary credibility to the process,” Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, told The New York Times.

Protesters have taken to the streets demanding that Hernández step down as president.

“Fuera JOH” has become a rallying cry for Hondurans in the country and around the world. Officials for OAS are calling the election results too inconsistent. According to an analysis by Georgetown University professor Irfan Nooruddin, there was a sharp shift in votes favoring Hernández after 68 percent of the votes were counted. While this could be a sign of early v. late-reporting, Nooruddin claims that the amount of change across all departments is too great for it to be by chance.

Protesters have shut down major roads to bring awareness to the contested election results.

Protesters are using starting fires and using objects to create road blocks that impact major roadways in the country.

Honduras has not seen this level of political turmoil since 2009 when a coup was mounted to oust the leader at the time.

Pressure continues mounting for a new election, with more regulation to make sure votes are properly counted. Only time will tell if the Honduran government will allow for new elections.


READ: After Claims Of Electoral Fraud, Hondurans Are Fighting Their Government For A More Transparent Vote Recount

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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