5 things to know on 19 January: Inauguration, Transition, Kovid-19, Russia, Uganda

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1. Opening

In Washington, DC and states across the country, officials are beefing up security ahead of the presidential inauguration tomorrow. The DC National Guard chief even said that the FBI is vetoing troops to keep the US Capitol safe so that any threat can be averted. However, there is no indication that there is such a danger, the acting Defense Secretary said. Minor protests took place in some state capitol cities over the weekend, including a mob of armed protesters in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. Meanwhile, Vice-Presidential Election Kamala Harris officially resigned from the Senate position in anticipation of her new role, and Melania Trump trades by not inviting her successor Jill Biden to visit the White House living quarters Will break.

2. White House Transition

President Trump is expected to release a full 100-day uproar and uproar in his office today. The list of alleged pardon acts includes white-collar criminals and high-profile rappers but Trump is not yet himself or a member of his family (Trump has spoken of forgiving himself in the wake of the capital riots). The president also wanted to decouple information related to the Russia investigation before he left office, but with the hours ticking, it is unclear what will happen. Even after he leaves his post, Trump has at least one thorny battle waiting for him: his impeachment trial, which will likely begin in the Senate. Speaking of the Senate, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell are preparing a plan for how the Senate will be divided. Democrats would make schedules, and each party would potentially hold the number of committee seats.

3. Coronavirus

China and the World Health Organization may have acted more forcefully to prevent the onset of the Kovid-19 outbreak. This is the conclusion for the Epidemic Preparation and Response of the Independent Panel of Switzerland. The panel also said that the world needed a “global reset” to deal with such situations. In the US, there is bad news and, well, slightly less bad news. More than 60% of all Kovid-19 cases nationwide have been reported since Election Day, increasing nightmare-level infection rates. However, there has been an 11% drop in peak bite cases in the past week. Experts say this is too soon for optimism, as such a dip may not be sustainable. In China, too, a dangerous situation is unfolding as the state’s media have conducted disruptive campaigns against questions about the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese medical company Synovac.

4. Russia

Alexei Navalny has been ordered to remain in custody for 30 days after returning to Russia this weekend. The Kremlin critic was detained soon after moving from Germany to Moscow, then subjected to a surprise hearing yesterday. Navalny was placed on the country’s federal wanted list last month for violating probation conditions related to the 2014 conviction for fraud, which he described as politically motivated. It has been only five months since Navalny was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Many Western officials and Navalny openly blamed the Kremlin for this act. After yesterday’s hearing, Navalny urged his followers to “not keep quiet” and take to the streets. A nationwide demonstration is being organized to demand his release.

5. Uganda

Most people in Uganda are back online after a five-day internet outage, which critics are calling a “pre-meditated, textbook case of pre-election internet blackouts”. The people of Uganda recently held their presidential election, and Internet connectivity was restored after President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner for a record sixth term. His opponent, Bobby Vine, a singer-turned-politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulaini, has opposed the results, saying he has evidence of fraud and intimidation. He said an alcohol arrest occurred after he surrounded his house on Friday. The heavily armed forces and police raided their party offices in Kampala yesterday. The winery’s brewery has been met with international condemnation of arrests and internet blocking.


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