2019-04-16: Social Media Postees

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Pelosi Says Democrats Must "Hold the Center," Snubs AOC Wing of Party
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people." | Speaking to CBS's "60 Minutes," the California Democrat said the group aligned with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to learn to toe the party's center line. | "Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates," said correspondent Lesley Stahl. "And you yourself said that…
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US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-16
US Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi met with three former Labour MPs on 14 April. Two of them helped found The Independent Group after … | Read more US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Mitch McConnell Is Single-Handedly Destroying the Senate
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn't want. | America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body has become a partisan lap dog. | Recently McConnell used his Republican majority to cut the time for debating Trump's court appointees from 30 hours to two — thereby enabling Republicans to ram through even more Trump judges. | In…
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Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full
Joshua Holland | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…
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Democrats Raise $75 Million So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke came in third with $9.3 million, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who capitalized on a flurry of publicity to raise $7 million. | The rest of the field of more than a dozen candidates raised $…
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Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
Sean McElwee | thenation.com | 2019-04-16
Why Won't New York State Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
thenation.com/article/cuomo-climate-chan…

Vanishing green shoots and the possibility of another crisis
C.P. Chandrasekhar | mronline.org | 2019-04-16
Governments and central banks that were upbeat about global economic recovery are turning pessimistic. A coordinated fiscal stimulus across nations is the need of hour. | Source…
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Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Vision is Incoherent and Dangerous
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-16
While Sanders positions himself as an anti-war candidate, so too did Trump. Sanders even echoes the Trump talking points: China and Russia are our enemies; Maduro won his presidency through election fraud; and Iran is a sponsor of terror.
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There's Nothing Wrong With Being Successful. Bernie Never Said There Was
Ben Cohen | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
There is something fundamentally wrong with a democracy in which political campaigns are largely funded by corporations and extremely wealthy individuals. (Photo: Michael Vadon/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Bernie Sanders Releases 10 Years of Long-Awaited Tax Returns
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
The Vermont senator, now a millionaire, says that he has been fortunate after growing up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck.
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Sanders Takes the Campaign Against the Center for American Progress to Eleven
Thomas Neuburger | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
Bernie Sanders is not backing down this time. (Photo: Paul Weaver / Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Fox News' Town Hall With Bernie Sanders Backfires Spectacularly
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-16
During a town hall hosted by Fox News Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders countered one of the most common right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and made the case for transitioning to a single-payer system–sparking applause from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania audience. | "Millions of people, every single year, lose their health insurance. You know why? They get fired. Or They quit. And they go to another employer," said the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender a…
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Walking tour brings radical Sydney to life
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-16
Key sites of radical struggle in Sydney's history were included in a "Radical Sydney Walking Tour" conducted by historians Rowan Cahill and Terry Irving, and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, on April 13. | Some 60 people enjoyed an afternoon of revelations about the often forgotten progressive history of this city. Cahill and Irving are labour historians at Wollongong University and are co-editors of the highly informative book Radical Sydney. | Starting at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, the tour traversed…
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Bernie Sanders stuns establishment with Fox News town hall success
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-16
US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for an hour-long town hall special on Monday night — and much to the shock and surprise of Fox and other media, the democratic socialist not only survived, but thrived. | …
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Thawing Permafrost Emitting Higher Levels of Potent Greenhouse Gas Than Previously Thought: Study
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
As the Arctic enters an "unprecedented" state of warming, a new study shows that emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from thawing permafrost in the planet's northernmost region may be 12 times higher than previously thought. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'That Backfired': Watch Bernie Sanders Counter Right-Wing Talking Point, Make Case for Medicare for All on Fox News
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
The Fox town hall audience cheered when moderator Bret Baier polled support for transitioning to a single-payer system | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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SF Green Film Festival Presents: "Understanding the Stories Within the Apparel Industry"
San Francisco Green Film Festival | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, 94102…
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House Democrats Ramp Up Probe of Trump's Finances With Deutsche Bank Subpoena
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
The only major bank that President Donald Trump has been able to count on for financial backing was among those that were issued subpoenas Monday, as House Democrats ramp up their probe of the president's finances. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-16
"Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don't understand this by now will never get it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-15
Neera Tanden, a long-time ally of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has joined other establishment insiders in celebrating the arrest of transparency … | Read more Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Michael Arria | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-15
A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…
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Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake
Laila Lalami | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake…
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Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-15
Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…
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Who Are Venezuela's Colectivos?
Federico Fuentes, Green Left Weekly | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-15
Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes recently visited Venezuela, and offers his account on the famed "colectivos" who are so demonized by the mainstream press.
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Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to "Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-15
President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states' ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"
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How Bernie Sanders' Position On Filibuster Is Needlessly Complicated
Jon Walker | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-15
Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to blowback following his defense of the filibuster. He called for the return of the "talking filibuster" and suggested his administration would rely on the vice president to ensure his agenda passed under budget reconciliation. | But a "talking filibuster" would not end obstructions and allow more policymaking. Effectively, it would allow more senators to hold the floor for hours, possibly even while they piss themselves or come close to their le…
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Bernie Barnstorms the Midwest
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-15
"I can understand why people voted for Trump based on what he said. For too long the political establishment did not listen to the needs of working families."
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Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact that the Medicare for All (M4A)…
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"Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-15
As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…
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'She is out of control!': Trump takes fresh aim at Ilhan Omar after 9/11 furor
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his heated criticism of Democrat Ilhan Omar, accusing the congresswoman of anti-Semitism and claiming "she is out of control." | …
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Episode Two of "Animal Matters": How the Cause Went From the Leftist Fringe to the Trans-Ideological Mainstream
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-15
The cause of animal rights is about far more than just the treatment of animals. It is central to our most pressing global challenges and debates.
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Pick old man Biden, talk trans rights, make Ilhan Omar the star: 5 ways Dems can lose 2020 to Trump
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
The Democratic Party appears to be ignoring the warning signs along a road that could see Donald Trump celebrate a mathematically unlikely victory next November. | …
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Kent State Gun Girl turned InfoWars reporter kicks up storm after getting booted from Bernie event
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
Infowars' Kaitlin Bennett, best known as the Kent State Gun Girl for flaunting an AR-10 rifle at her graduation, has been kicked out of a Bernie Sanders campaign event, which appears to have been members-only. | …
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'Bad faith smears': Sanders lashes out at liberal think tank over personal attacks & corporate cash
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-14
Senator Bernie Sanders has written a scathing letter to the board of the Center for American Progress accusing it of being a "destructive" force in the "critical mission to defeat Donald Trump." | …
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Solidarity protest against new death penalty law in Brunei
AlexBainbridge | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
More than 100 LGBTI activists and supporters attended a rally on April 13 targeting the Royal on the Park Hotel which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who recently introduced the death penalty for homosexuality, adultery, blasphemy and apostasy. | The rally is the first of many actions to oppose the sultanate's draconian new laws. | Speakers called on people to boycott the hotel to put pressure on the Sultan's business interests and help force the repeal of the draconian laws. | The laws in Brunei have drawn condemnation from across the globe and sparked the grassroots call to boycott the Sultan's hotels. | Speak…
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John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…
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These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They're Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-04-13
The Democrats are using a technical loophole in the Federal Election Commission's designations for PACs to take corporate cash.
theintercept.com/2019/04/13/democrats-co…

When labor won in Jacksonville: Lessons for a strategic alliance in the South
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-12
Jacksonville, FL – Dixie money rules in Jacksonville, Florida, but it shouldn't. | Backed by developers and big business, Republicans won big in last month's city elections. Democrats declined to field a candidate for mayor, left seven city council seats uncontested and offered no concrete platform for the struggling working class majority. It's no surprise that less than 25% of registered voters turned out. | The dismal election results have sparked important conversations about politics and strategy. Jacksonville has seen an explosion of activism and people's movements in the last five years, but this has not t…
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The Anzac Myth — Australia's most powerful brand
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Consuming Anzac: The History of Australia's Most Powerful Brand | Jo Hawkins | University of Western Australia Publishing, 2018 | 173 pages | It can be hard to give a monkey's if forced to choose between the obligatory, sombre commemoration of war and the grubby commercial profit-making from it. Consuming Anzac, by University of Western Australia academic Dr Jo Hawkins, shows that this is the unsavoury choice on offer to those who feel that neither war nor consumer capitalism have all that much going for them. | Australia's secular worship of war is centred on Anzac Day, that endlessly hyped day of pa…
greenleft.org.au/content/anzac-myth-%E2%80%94-australia%E2%80%99s-most-powerful-brand

South Africa: New party 'serious about revolution'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
"Equality, work and land" is the slogan of a new radical political party in South Africa that seeks to revolutionise South African politics and contest elections in May. | The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party (SRWP) held its launch congress over April 4-6 in Johannesburg. More than 1000 party militants and cadre attended from provinces across the country, as well as international guests from countries such as Zambia, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Morocco and Nepal. | The Congress was dedicated to "Fieldmore" Mapeto Baldwin Langa, a member of NUMSA (the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa), who passed…
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Who are Venezuela's colectivos?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela's colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly's Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out. | As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement came through Cucaracho's walkie talkie: "We are in a war and the main target of this offensive is the popular movements, the colectivos. This is no coincidence: they know the colectivos are their main obstacle and 23 de Enero is the tip of the iceberg." | Cucaracho — "that's what they call me" — is a member of the…
greenleft.org.au/content/who-are-venezuela%E2%80%99s-colectivos

Climate strike in the belly of the beast
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
In early March, we saw the raw power of fossil fuel capitalism on full display in Perth. | The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released a policy requiring big offshore oil and gas operators to provide 100% carbon offsets for all their emissions. | The contribution of the gas industry to Australia's greenhouse gas problem cannot be overstated. While pollution from coal is decreasing, half of Australia's rise in carbon dioxide emissions last year came from just one source — Chevron's Gorgon project in the Pilbara. | With so much attention on the terrible Adani coalmine it is ea…
greenleft.org.au/content/climate-strike-belly-beast

The HDP and the Turkish elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a historic defeat in Turkey's local elections that even they could not spin as a victory. | Following the AKP's loss of the three biggest economic centres of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara, Erdoƒüan's balcony speech sounded defeated and defensive. | How did this happen? What role was, and will be played by the country's main leftist coalition party, the People's Democratic Party (HDP)? | The opposition and the government: | As in previous elections, the AKP-MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) coalition government u…
greenleft.org.au/content/hdp-and-turkish-elections

Hastily written tech laws threaten online privacy and security
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Politicians are generally pretty bad at understanding information technology (IT) and the internet, especially when it comes to legislation. But Australia's parliament is leading the world in terms of bad laws that effect technology. | From the 2017 metadata retention laws to the social media laws passed in early April following the New Zealand far-right terror attacks, federal parliament has approved several hastily written bills that put onerous requirements on the IT industry while undermining online privacy, security and civil liberties. | The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and…
greenleft.org.au/content/hastily-written-tech-laws-threaten-online-privacy-and-security

Sudanese community demand 'Bashir out!'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Members of the Sudanese community protested outside a meeting between representatives of the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Australian business groups, in Belmore on April 10. | Protest spokesperson Rashid Hussein told Green Left Weekly: "We are here to say no to a group of people representing the Bashir dictatorship attempting to launder money stolen from the Sudanese people. | "We call on the Australian government to stop this large-scale corruption. We don't want these war criminals to operate here. | Hussein said "huge demonstrations against the regime have continued in Sudan since December…
greenleft.org.au/content/sudanese-community-demand-bashir-out

Change the Rules
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Thousands of unionists rallied around Australia on April 10 in the latest round of Change the Rules protests. | The largest rally was in Melbourne, where more than a 100,000 workers walked off the job and took to the streets for several hours. Members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, who have faced threats from the Australian Building and Construction Commission for taking action, took part in the march. | Speakers celebrated the recent victory for Chemist Warehouse workers as an example that strike action wins. | Held just days after the budget, unions used the rallies to push th…
greenleft.org.au/content/change-rules

Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Single mother of three Juanita McLaren lodged a complaint in the United Nations in March against the Australian government over its discrimination against single mothers. | McLaren is being supported by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children which wants the parenting payments' scheme and the newly-introduced ParentsNext program to be held up to greater scrutiny. | Since 2012, single parents have been moved from the single parenting payment (now $384.25 a week) to the News…
greenleft.org.au/content/single-mother-takes-action-against-parentsnext-mission-impossible

The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…
theintercept.com/2019/04/11/the-u-s-gove…

West Papua: Destruction and displacement in Nduga
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Independent human rights monitors are reporting that thousands of people have been displaced and healthcare facilities burned as a result of Indonesian military operations in Nduga, West Papua, according to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). | The investigation is the latest documentation of the horror of Indonesia's military occupation of West Papua. | The Nduga Case investigation team from Front Line Defenders gathered extensive information on the humanitarian crisis in the region in March. | They estimate that more than 32,000 people have been internally d…
greenleft.org.au/content/west-papua-destruction-and-displacement-nduga

Algeria: Bouteflika resigns, parliament appoints interim president
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-12
Algeria's Senate leader Abdelkader Bensalah has been appointed interim president following a decision by the National People's Congress on April 9 to declare the presidential post vacant. | Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned on April 2 after months of protests. | The decision to appoint Bensalah as interim president was supported by the majority National Liberation Front (FLN), which has governed the country since 1962, and its ally, the National Democratic Regroupment (RND). | MPs…
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