Another Belarus opposition politician is taken away by masked men

Maxim Znak, legal adviser and a member of the Coordination Council presidium of the Belarusian opposition, takes part in a press conference given by the coordination council of the Belarusian opposition. Natalia Fedosenko | TASS | Getty Images Belarusian opposition politician Maxim Znak was detained on Wednesday by masked men wearing plain clothes, the Interfax news agency cited his allies as saying. Znak’s reported detention followed the similar disappearance on Monday of Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass …

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee dies at age 84

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died August 31, 2020, 1:05 PM • 1 min read NEW DELHI — Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior leader of India’s opposition Congress party, has died. He was 84. Mukherjee had emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain on Aug. 10 at New Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral. The hospital said he tested positive for COVID-19 after the surgery and his condition was …

Tanzania approves 15 candidates for presidential election

Analysts say a divided opposition is likely to ensure President Magufuli, left, will win a second term [AP] Tanzanian President John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced, with analysts saying a divided opposition is likely to ensure he wins a second term. His main challengers are likely to be Tundu Lissu, who returned to Tanzania last month after spending nearly three years in Belgium for treatment after he was shot during …

Tikhanovskaya pins hopes on dialogue with Belarusian authorities

Tikhanovskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania after the August 9 vote [Mindaugas Kulbis/AP] Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has led the biggest challenge to President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, expressed her hopes to start a dialogue with the authorities, she told Polish Gazeta Wyborcza daily. Belarus is facing its biggest political crisis since the breakup of the Soviet Union, with tens of thousands of demonstrators rejecting Lukashenko’s victory in an August 9 vote his opponents say was rigged. Opponents …