Російський голова анексованого Криму Сергій Аксьонов вирішив відмовитися від суміщення посад голови Криму та керівника уряду. Як повідомляє близьке до окупаційної влади Криму видання «Кримінформ», це випливає з порядку засідання російського парламенту Криму 1 жовтня.

Повідомляється, що Аксьонов вніс на розгляд російського парламенту Криму кандидатуру Юрія Гоцанюка для призначення на посаду голови уряду. Це питання депутати розглянуть на засіданні у вівторок.

Зараз Гоцанюк очолює російський уряд Криму в статусі виконувача обов’язків віцепрем’єра, цей пост він зайняв після переобрання Аксьонова главою Криму 20 вересня.

20 вересня на сесії кримського парламенту Аксьонова переобрали на новий п’ятирічний термін главою Криму.

8 вересня російська влада провели в Криму і Севастополі вибори депутатів кримського парламенту і місцевих рад. У МЗС України назвали «юридично нікчемними» російські вибори в Криму і Севастополі та закликали міжнародне співтовариство дати «принципову оцінку» проведення цих виборів.

Європейський союз не визнає проводення 8 вересня російською владою в Криму і Севастополі вибори депутатів парламентів і місцевих рад.

11 вересня Верховна Рада України визнала нелегітимними російські вибори в Криму і Севастополі.


A U.S. airstrike in Libya has killed seven Islamic State fighters, according to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

It is the fourth U.S. strike this month against the terror group in the southwestern Libyan town of Murzuq.

One airstrike last week killed 17 IS militants, and another killed 11, according to AFRICOM. A strike on Sept. 19 killed eight IS militants.

The strikes were carried out in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord to degrade IS’s “ability to effectively conduct operations against the Libyan people,” said Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, AFRICOM director of operations.

U.S. officials say the deteriorating security situation in Libya has allowed militants affiliated with IS to expand their presence in ungoverned spaces of the desert in the country’s south.

Troops affiliated with the Government of National Accord have been fighting forces led by strongman Khalifa Haftar, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army. The fighting has left hundreds of people dead in Tripoli and in nearby cities and towns.

In recent months, IS has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks against Libyan civilians and military personnel.  

But as IS has become more emboldened by the current political chaos in Libya, U.S. officials tell VOA they have also made themselves an easier target.

Some reports say that between 500 and 750 IS fighters are currently active in Libya, but experts think the number is higher than what has been reported as foreign fighters continue to flee there from Syria.


 Lyonel Desmarattes in Washington, Sony Louis in Leogane, Jaudelet Junior Saint-Vil in Fort Liberte and Hernst Eliscar in Les Cayes contributed to this report
 

WASHINGTON / PORT-AU-PRINCE – Hundreds of demonstrators protested across Haiti Monday, responding to calls by the opposition and anti-corruption militants to take to the streets and build roadblocks to force President Jovenel Moise to resign.

In Port-au-Prince, police fired on protesters who were trying to burn down a police station in the Carrefour Aeroport neighborhood, wounding a local radio reporter. Protesters did manage to set fire to a police car.

In the southern city of Les Cayes, protesters set ablaze a police station located in the southern part of the city. The local office of national electric company EDH was looted.

In Fort Liberte, hundreds took to the streets early. Some wore costumes as they marched through the tow,n holding a casket draped in white fabric, adorned with black crosses and the words, “Goodbye Jovenel,” written in black marker on the sides.

The Tet Ansanm pou Rebati Ayiti (Union to Rebuild Haiti) group, which includes various opposition organizations, Sunday called for the protests.     

Opposition leader Andre Michel gives a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sept. 29, 2019.

“Jovenel Moise is no longer president; the people have fired him, but the people must remain mobilized. The roadblocks must go higher and the mobilization has to go higher until we install a provisional government,” said lawyer Andre Michel, a member of the Democratic and Popular Sector party.

Referring to a protest last Friday which the opposition considered a nationwide success, Michel said, “On Sept 27, 2019, the people fired Jovenel Moise as their president…Jovenel Moise is a president in hiding….he is no longer leading the country.”

‘Where is Jovenel?’
 

FILE – Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Moise has not been seen or heard from since he delivered a national address on September 25, during which he sought to calm a furious nation and extend an olive branch to the opposition.

The latest protests stem from the Haitian leader’s decision more than a year ago to end fuel subsidies, a move that came at the request of the International Monetary Fund. While Moise reversed the decision after an eruption of violence, frustration has mounted over his inability to turn the economy around and end corruption.    

Instead, Moise has infuriated the opposition and protesters and sparked the most destructive and violent protests to date. Asked if Moise is in hiding, presidential advisor Cange Mackenson told local radio station Magik 9 Monday morning that the president has control of the country and is “reflecting like a good coach.”

Late on Sunday, a series of decrees was issued by acting Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin announcing new Cabinet appointments to head various ministries, including those for finance, public planning, migration, Haitians living abroad and tourism. The move followed shakeups in the interior and justice ministries.  

Le citoyen Joseph JOUTHE est nommé Ministre a.i de l’Economie et des Finances @MEFHaitipic.twitter.com/STa0GaHwQ8

— Communication Haïti (@MCHaiti) September 30, 2019

More calls for resignation

Police stand near a barricade built by protesters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sept. 30, 2019.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops has added its voice to those expressing concern over Haiti’s political quagmire. The conference issued a statement asking the president to face the consequences of his irresponsibility. “Is there a violence worse than living with constant insecurity? Is there a misery worse than the black misery that removes all hope? No people should resign themselves to accepting misery, poverty and violence as a way of life,” the statement said. “The officials at the highest level of government must take responsibility to guarantee the country and its institutions are able to function properly. They are morally responsible for the security and well-being of the people, first of whom is the president.”

An association of artists and actors also decried the political crisis. A statement issued Sunday cited corruption and impunity as the main culprits.

Protesters turn and run as police began to fire tear gas as they gather in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sept. 30, 2019.

“We artists realize that these two factors are responsible for the terrible situation we find ourselves in, where many young people are leaving in search of a better life overseas,” the statement, signed by some of Haiti’s most popular and successful artists, said.  

Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic reportedly reinforced its border with Haiti, adding more than 1,000 soldiers to boost security in anticipation of the planned protests.

 

 


The Treasury Department is targeting Russians suspected of trying to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.
 
Treasury says, however, there is no indication that they were able to compromise election infrastructure in ways that would have blocked voters, changed vote counts or disrupted vote counting.
 
 Monday’s action targets for sanctions four entities, seven individuals, three aircraft and a yacht that are all associated with the Internet Research Agency and its Russian financier, Yevgeniy Prigozhin.
 
Treasury says the IRA used fictitious personas on social media and disseminated false information to attempt to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections and try to undermine faith in U.S. democratic institutions.

 


President Donald Trump has congratulated Gen. Mark Milley on becoming chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

Trump is attending a rainy welcome ceremony for Milley at a military base in Arlington, Virginia. Trump says he’s always heard that rain on a big event brings luck and tells Milley, “Mark, I think you’re going to be the luckiest general in history.”
 
The role of the Joint Chiefs chairman is to advise the president, defense secretary and the National Security Council on military issues.
 
Trump also calls Milley his friend and adviser and says he “never had a doubt” about nominating Milley for the position.
 
Milley, formerly the Army chief of staff, succeeds Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.
 
Trump chose Milley over a candidate favored by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

 

 


U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican congressman from western New York, is expected to plead guilty in an insider trading case accusing him of leaking confidential information in an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic, according to court records filed Monday.

A federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled a hearing for Collins to enter a guilty plea to unspecified charges in the case Tuesday afternoon. A similar hearing has been scheduled Thursday for the congressman’s son, Cameron Collins.

Collins’ congressional office declined to comment on Monday. His attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan also declined to comment.

Collins, who was among the first members of Congress to support President Donald Trump’s run for the White House, had been scheduled to go to trial next year on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. Prosecutors accused him of sharing non-public information from a biopharmaceutical company with his son, allowing Cameron Collins and another man to avoid nearly $800,000 in stock losses.

The case, filed in August of 2018, initially caused the 69-year-old Collins to drop a reelection bid, but he restarted his campaign a month later as Republican leaders were deliberating who would replace him on the ballot.

At the time he said the “stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress.”

The charges turned Collins’ expected easy reelection in a strongly Republican district into a close race, but he managed to fend off Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by a thin margin.

A conviction would likely lead to Collins’ resignation from Congress. The most serious charge carries a potential prison term of up to 20 years.

The charges stem from Collins’ business ties with Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd., a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia. He was the company’s largest shareholder, with nearly 17% of its shares, and sat on its board.

According to the indictment, Collins was attending the Congressional Picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the company’s chief executive saying that a trial of a drug the company developed to treat multiple sclerosis was a clinical failure.

Collins responded to the email saying: “Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible???” the indictment said.

It said he then called his son, Cameron Collins, and, after several missed calls, they spoke for more than six minutes.

The next morning, according to the indictment, Cameron Collins began selling his shares, unloading enough over a two-day period to avoid $570,900 in losses before a public announcement of the drug trial results. After the announcement, the company’s stock price plunged 92%.

Cameron Collins is accused of passing along the information to his fiancée’s father, so he could also dump his stock.


Посол України в Турецькій Республіці Андрій Сибіга засудив намір російської влади провести в Стамбулі «турецько-кримський економічний форум».

«Чергова марна спроба окупанта разом з місцевими маргіналами провести «кримські» заходи в Туреччині під назвою «Економічний форум» у Стамбулі, приховується чергова провокація і порушення українського та міжнародного права», – йдеться в повідомленні Сибіги у Twitter.

Дипломат закликав турецьких бізнесменів «бути пильними» і не брати участі у «форумі». Він подякував Туреччині «за підтримку».

Російська влада не коментувала намір провести «кримський форум» в Стамбулі.

Туреччина не визнала анексію Криму Росією. У серпні цього року міністр закордонних справ Туреччини Мевлют Чавушоглу повідомив, що позиція його країни з питань анексії Криму Росією і утисків кримських татар залишається незмінною.


Експрезидент Грузії й колишній голова Одеської обласної держадміністрації Міхеїл Саакашвілі заявив, що повернеться до Грузії до проведення там парламентських виборів у 2020 році.

«У наступному році в Грузії за графіком повинні відбутися парламентські вибори. І, попри загрозу арешту і не тільки арешту зі сторони проросійського режиму олігарха Іванішвілі, а й зі сторони Лаврова, який два дні тому почав вимагати припинити мою активність у Грузії, я обов’язково повернуся туди до виборів і допоможу народу розібратися з олігархом», – написав Саакашвілі у фейсбуці.

За словами Саакашвілі, зараз він перебуває в Одесі й «активно» займається «місцевою проблематикою».

Партія Міхеїла Саакашвілі «Рух нових сил» брала участь у позачергових парламентських виборах в Україні у липні цього року.

Саакашвілі був відсутній в Україні з лютого 2018-го (коли був видворений з країни)​ до травня 2019 року.

Міхеїл Саакашвілі повернувся в Україну 29 травня цього року – напередодні Володимир Зеленський повернув йому українське громадянство, якого його позбавив попередній президент України Петро Порошенко.

 

У червні 2018 року в Грузії заочно засудили Саакашвілі до шести років позбавлення волі в справі про побиття колишнього опозиційного депутата Валерія Гелашвілі у 2005 році.

Тбіліський міський суд визнав експрезидента Грузії винним за звинуваченням в умисному нанесенні тяжкої шкоди здоров’ю і в зловживанні владою із застосуванням насильства.