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I will work to enhance Ghana’s decentralisation process.— President Akufo-Addo

Ghana mapPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he will work to forge broad national consensus on the direct popular election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’S), to deepen democracy and accountability.

Accra, May 1.– In a nationally televised address on Thursday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the referendum that approved Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, he emphasized that the modification of Article 55(3) of the document, which bars political parties from involvement in district assembly elections, would improve the quality of local governance.

The President noted that one primary goal of the 1992 Constitution was to decentralize the structure of governance in Ghana, so that government would be brought closer to the people.

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GEORGIA: Council of Europe Regional Academy on participatory democracy organised for Kvemo Kartli municipalities

Council of Europe logo Apr.29.– With the aim to contribute to raising awareness and capacity development in civil participation standards and tools of the Council of Europe, academy on participatory democracy was organised for local authorities and civil society representatives of Kvemo Kartli Region in Kachreti, Georgia.

The Regional Academy was led by Council of Europe international and local experts, and was held as part of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening Participatory Democracy and Human Rights at Local Level in Georgia”.

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European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) to discuss democratic governance and deliberative democracy

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The 15th meeting of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) is taking place on 21-22 April 2022 in Strasbourg, in a hybrid format.

Strasbourg, Apr.21.– The CDDG will discuss a draft Recommendation on Principles of Good Democratic Governance applicable to all levels of government, building on the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance at local level. Furthermore, the CDDG will start its work on Deliberative Democracy based on a study prepared recently by the Elections and Participatory Democracy Division of the Council of Europe. Various interventions will be heard, including from Mr Art O'Leary, Secretary General of the Electoral Commission and Secretary to the Citizens' Assembly of Ireland and Mr George Papandreou, Chair of the sub-committee on Democracy, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly.

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Russian oligarchs' secret finances revealed

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) investigations over the years have uncovered massive money movements by prominent
Russians close to President Vladimir Putin who have earned scrutiny by international authorities.

 Apr.21.– Russian oligarchs Boris Rotenberg, Igor Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko have been sanctioned by the U.K., along with five Russian banks, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine last February.

For more than a decade, ICIJ has tracked flows of money globally – stories that have commonly involved wealthy Russians with elite political connections. These projects included the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, FinCEN Files, and the Pandora Papers.

Here are five oligarchs whose financial dealings have been uncovered by ICIJ investigations – and who have received additional scrutiny from authorities.

Alisher Usmanov

Politically connected Uzbek-Russian billionaire.

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403 bodies found so far in Bucha, Ukraine, murdered by Russian troops

► The lifeless bodies of at least 20 civilian men line a single street in the town of Bucha near the Ukrainian capital. Some lie face down on the pavement while others are collapsed on their backs, mouths open in a tragic testament to the horrors of Russian occupation.
► The hands of one man are tied behind his back with a piece of white cloth. Another man lies alone, tangled up in a bicycle by a grassy bank. A third man lies in the middle of the road, near the charred remains of a burned-out car.
► The shocking images of the carnage in Bucha were captured by Agence France-Presse on Saturday, the same day Ukraine declared the town liberated from Russian troops.

Bucha mass gravez Bucha, Apr.11.– The town of Bucha captured the world’s attention with its images of horror. They gave a glimpse into the terrible consequences of a conflict prosecuted without limits.

Today the drive into Bucha looks very different to those first hours after it was liberated.

A gruesome video showing the bodies of civilians left decomposing where they fell, was the first indication of the war crimes perpetrated here.

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