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What is João Laurence’s resignation and unanswered questions in the fight against corruption hiding – Observer

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Sociologist Paulo Ingles believes there are two reasons for the dismissal of Pedro Sebastian and other officers of the President’s Security House. “The first [objetivo de João Lourenço] it is getting rid of a few people who can ultimately hurt your image as a fighter against corruption. Second, it has electoral goals. Trying to use it to your advantage. “– emphasizes the Angolan sociologist.

The next presidential election is slated for 2022 and the current president of Angola is expected to be a candidate alongside Angola, observer Adalberto da Costa Junior noted. during a visit to Portugal at the end of April, is already participating in the election campaign, and the MPLA opposition is completing the creation of a united “democratic front” in order to fight João Lourenço next year.

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In addition to his electoral goals, Filomena Vieira López of the Democratic Bloc adds that after the dismissal of a very close person [Pedro Sebastião]João Lourenço intends to “preserve the prestige of the fight against corruption.” “The idea is to rebuild positions, to try to say that the fight against corruption is not selective because people in your own office are involved and punished.”, underlines.

When he took office in 2017, replacing José Eduardo dos Santos, João Lorenzo made the fight against corruption a core of his mandate. almost four years laterdespite targets close to its predecessor (namely sons of Jose Eduardo dos Santos), the President of Angola showed greater resistance to taking action against important figures in the MPLA or those close to him, which led the opposition to talk about double criteria and double standards in the fight against corruption.

Joao Lawrence. Three years in power in an omnipresent absence: José Eduardo dos Santos

What can be seen as an attempt to respond to criticism of recent days, on Tuesday the inauguration of Francisco Pereira Furtado, who replaced Pedro Sebastian as head of the President’s Security House, Lawrence called for the end of the “ghost” officers. (fraudulent payment scheme) in the Angolan security forces and asked BNA and the Financial Information Group to tighten controls over banking operations to prevent the recurrence of cases such as those being investigated under Operation Crab.

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“[João Lourenço] goodwill may exist, but the problem of corruption in Angola is not only goodwill, but reforms that will revitalize institutions. And these reforms were never made “– complains the economist Prezioso Domingos.

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EU close to compromise on lifting partial blockade of Kaliningrad – columnist

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Freight traffic through Lithuania to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad could resume within a few days. The information was disclosed to Reuters two sources familiar with the case say European authorities are seeking an understanding with Lithuania to resolve the dispute with Russia.

Since June 17, Lithuanian authorities have partially blocked the delivery of goods to the enclave, which mainly uses Lithuanian rail and road networks to transport goods.

The measure, justified by the fourth package of EU sanctions against Russia, affected the industrial sector, including the transportation of coal, metals and building materials, and became hotbed of tension with the Kremlin.

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Russian leadership accuses Lithuania of “unprecedented” measures what kind constitute a “violation of international law”. The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, guarantees that it does not apply any individual sanctions against Moscow, explaining this by the fact that it only implements the measures prescribed by Brussels.

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According to Reuters sources, who wished to remain anonymous, negotiations are underway to free the territory from sanctions. One of them says that despite the West’s willingness to continue to support Ukraine, it is proving difficult to maintain restrictive sanctions.

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Kyiv is negotiating with Moscow on the release of foreign fighters – News

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Moscow is holding captive “thousands” of Ukrainians and “military personnel from all over the world who have volunteered” to defend Ukraine, Zelensky reminded in statements to the US television channel NBC.

The head of the Ukrainian state thanked for the support of volunteer fighters, whom he considers “heroes”, and confirmed that negotiations are underway to release those who were captured.

“Everyone understands that the war in Ukraine today is here on this earth, but tomorrow it can happen anywhere in Europe, and the “day after tomorrow” can happen in the United States,” the Ukrainian president said.

Thus, he added, “it would be absolutely fair to say that the war in Ukraine is already a war in Europe and the United States, only – territorially – it is happening here.”

Zelenskiy’s announcement came on the same day that the defense of British citizen Sean Pinner, who was sentenced to death in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, announced that he had appealed the sentence.

Pinner, 48, was sentenced to death on June 9, along with fellow Briton Aiden Aislin, 28, and Moroccan citizen Braquim Saadoun, after being found guilty of participating in hostilities “as mercenaries” in support of Ukrainian forces.

Two Britons were captured by Russian forces during Moscow’s siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov, Brakim Saadoun was taken prisoner in March.

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Turkey lifts veto on Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO

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Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Tuesday.

The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey has lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining the Atlantic Alliance after signing a memorandum that “answers Ankara’s concerns.”

“We have completed a very constructive meeting with the President [da Turquia, Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or President [da Finlândia, Sauli] Niinistö and the Prime Minister [da Suécia, Magdalena] Andersson, and I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that paves the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spoke at a press conference at the Exhibition Park of Madrid, in the northeast of the Spanish capital, where the summit of the leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place.

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Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine ended the historic policy of neutrality.

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