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Sierra Leone

Soap And Pamphlets: With Anti-Ebola Patrols In Sierra Leone

Teams of volunteers were combing the country to try to stem the spread of the virus during a recent three-day quarantine.

A woman washes her hands outside a community health center in Ebola-affected Freetown.
A woman washes her hands outside a community health center in Ebola-affected Freetown.
Paul Benkimoun

FREETOWN — After a compulsory three-day quarantine, life has mostly returned to normal here in the capital of Sierra Leone, and elsewhere around the West African country in the center of the Ebola outbreak.

According to the Ministry of Health, 22 new cases have been identified and 60 bodies of Ebola victims have been discovered in the West of the region, which includes Freetown. They were immediately buried.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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