Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — TIGO Tanzania (http://www.tigo.co.tz) has today launched a brand new 4G LTE technology that will make it the biggest and fastest Internet network in the country.

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Photo 1: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1912 (From Left: Tanzanian Socialite Abby Platjes and Musician Vanessa Mdee getting schooled on how 4G LTE technology works by Tigo representatives)

Photo 2: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1911 (Tanzania’s Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Professor Makame Mbarawa (Guest of Honour) addressing stakeholders during the launch of 4GLTE technology by Tigo Tanzania)

Photo 3: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1910 (Ag Tigo Tanzania General Manager Cecile Tiano making her key-note speech during the launch of the fastest Network in Tanzania 4GLTE in Mlimani City, Dar es Salaam)

Speaking at the launch, Tigo Interim General Manager Cecile Tiano said: “This once again demonstrates our company’s commitment to the digital lifestyle transformation and its leadership in delivering cutting edge technology and innovation in this market.”

The 4G LTE network means faster speeds to surf and download content from the Internet and make Skype calls. It also significantly enhances the customer experience for video streaming or conferencing. The new technology is about 5 times faster than the 3G technology currently available in the market.

The 4G LTE technology is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data. It has the capacity to efficiently transfer large amounts of data at an unparalleled speed. It can also accommodate more applications such as video conferencing, high definition content, video blogs, interactive games and video downloads on social networking sites.

With the surging use of smartphones among the Tanzania population, 4G technology will enable Tigo customers to enjoy a world class experience of increased speed and quality of internet access through the network.

“Today’s launch covers Masaki and Mlimani City areas within Dar es Salaam but our plan is to fully cover the city by end of July, ensuring quality coverage in Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke in places such as Upanga, Posta, Tegeta, Mbagala, Tabata, Kimara, Mbezi, Ukonga, Salasala, Mikocheni, Msasani, Sinza and so on,” Ms Tiano explained.

“We will also launch 4G in Arusha, Dodoma, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza and Tanga by end of August. This will make us by far the biggest 4G network in Tanzania,” she added.

The 4G technology launch is part of Tigo’s commitment to continue improving the quality and coverage of its network and bring world class products and services to Tanzanians.

Tigo recently announced plans to invest US $120 million in 2015 on its network expansion and improvement. The investment includes scaling up its 3G sites and fibre network countrywide to make the internet accessible to more users.

FACT BOX:

• Tigo new 4G technology makes Tigo the fastest Internet network in the country

• The company is investing $ 120 million on network improvement and expansion in 2015

• Network has 8.5million total subscribers

• 4G will increase internet speed by 5 times from the current 3G technology

• 4G launch covers Masaki, Mlimani city areas in Dar

• 4G to cover whole city and six regional capitals by August 2015

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Tigo Tanzania.

For further information visit: www.tigo.co.tz or contact:

John Wanyancha – Corporate Communications Manager

Mobile: 0658 123 089

About Tigo:

Tigo Tanzania (http://www.tigo.co.tz) is the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, distinguished as a fully-fledged digital lifestyle brand. Offering a diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered innovations such as Facebook in Kiswahili, Tigo Pesa App for Android & iOS users, and East Africa’s first cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

The Tigo 3G network guarantees the best services to its subscriber’s in all regions across the country. Between 2013 and 2014 alone the company launched over 500 new network sites and plans to double its investment by 2017 in terms of coverage and additional capacity networks for deeper penetration in rural areas. With over 8.5 million registered subscribers to their network, Tigo directly and indirectly employs over 100,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.

Tigo is the biggest commercial brand of Millicom, an international company developing the digital lifestyle in 44 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA. With the certain knowledge that only constant innovation will keep them on top, Millicom keeps creating greater shareholder value; applying their concept of “demand more” is how they do business and retain their position as digital lifestyle leaders in some of the most unique and challenging markets.

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WCC urges South African government to demonstrate leadership after recent xenophobic attacks

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Council of Churches (WCC) has taken a clear stand against recent violent attacks against migrants in South Africa, reaffirming churches’ positions against racist, ethnocentrist and xenophobic acts of violence.

Noting the special vulnerability of migrants and migrant workers, a statement issued in Geneva on 24 April by the general secretary of the WCC urges leaders in South Africa, as well as in other countries in the region, to promote the observance of human rights at all times.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, commented that “The spasm of violent attacks against migrants in South Africa has a special poignancy, in light of South Africa’s historic leadership in fighting against racial discrimination and exclusion.”

“The victims of these attacks represent the same neighbouring countries and people who stood with the marginalized majority of South Africans during the dark days of the Apartheid era,” Tveit observed, and he asked, “Where is the recognition of that African solidarity, and the commitment to the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’?”

“We urge the South African government to demonstrate leadership to bring the situation under control and promote the observance of human rights and adherence to the standards and norms as contained in international human rights instruments,” stated Tveit.

“We are in solidarity with all the affected individuals and their families, and call for their protection, restitution, and for the criminal accountability of those responsible for the attacks against them,” he added.

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“Ad Limina” visit of the bishops of Lesotho and Namibia: be generous in bringing Christ’s tenderness to those who suffer

VATICAN, Holy See, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today Pope Francis received in audience the bishops of Lesotho and Namibia, “lands known for their flourishing Christian faith”, at the end of the “ad Limina” visit. In the written discourse he handed to the prelates, the Pope recalled the labours and sacrifices of many missionaries, who were supported by generations of indigenous companions in lands which have often presented great challenges, both environmental and social, but which are known for their churches and chapels, parishes, mission stations and outstations, “which draw many to a community life centred on prayer and work”.

“Renowned too are your numerous schools at every level, your clinics and hospitals, built with love and faithfulness from the materials of Namibia’s soil and Lesotho’s mountains. I encourage you to continue supporting and nurturing these great blessings, even when resources are sparse, for the Lord promises that he will not fail to bless us”.

He continued, “I know that your communities face many challenges daily, and I am sure that this weighs heavily on your hearts. Strengthen them in love to overcome selfishness in private or public life; be generous in bringing them the tenderness of Christ where threats to human life occur, from the womb to old age – and I think particularly of those suffering with HIV and AIDS”. He encouraged them to “not only win them to the cause of Christ but also make them protagonists of a renewed African society”.

The Pope goes on to mention Christian families that are fragmented due to employment far away from home, or because of separation or divorce and urged the bishops to continue offering them help and guidance, preparing couples for Christian marriage, and constantly sustaining families by offering generously the Church’s Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of mercy. “I thank you for your efforts in promoting healthy family life in the face of distorted views that emerge in contemporary society. … The family is the best setting for learning and applying the culture of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation. … From healthy families will come numerous priestly vocations, families where men have learned to love inasmuch as they have been unconditionally loved …having learned respect, justice, the role of authority expressed by parents and loving concern”.

“In a time of an apparent decrease in vocations to the priesthood and to religious life, it is important to speak openly about the fulfilling and joyful experience of offering one’s life to Christ”, continues the Holy Father. “For when your Christian communities are built up by your own continued example of ‘living in truth and joy your priestly commitments, celibacy in chastity and detachment from material possessions’, then vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life will most certainly abound”. He thanks God for “the continued witness and service of so many communities of religious brothers and sisters who are vital to the praying heart of the Church, along with the many committed sodalities and other lay associations of the Church in Lesotho and Namibia”. He also notes, when developing pastoral plans, in paying careful spiritual attention to the poorest in society. “I ask you to be particularly mindful of those most in need in your Churches, entrusting all your initiatives to God’s care”.

Finally, he exhorts the bishops to “persevere as men of deep and constant prayer, in the way of Blessed Joseph Gerard, who listened to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in all matters. Prayer precedes and leads to authentic evangelisation. As you know from experience, when the Church summons all Christians to constantly take up anew the task of evangelising the world, ‘she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfilment'; that is, she is showing us the path to our deepest happiness”.

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“Merck More Than A Mother “ a new initiative in partnership with Nairobi university and university of Indonesia to address the social suffering of infertile women in Indonesia , Kenya and rest of Africa as part of Merck Capacity Advancement Pro

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Merck in collaboration with University of Indonesia kicked off two important initiatives “More than A Mother” and “Fertility is a Shared Responsibility” to address the social suffering and stigmatization of infertile women as part of Merck Capacity Advancement program (CAP) in fertility management in Indonesia. Same program will be launched in Kenya in partnership with University of Nairobi.

These two initiatives will not only provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners in Indonesia but will also address the social perception of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples.

The 5-year program is accredited by European Council of Continuous Medical Education (EACCME). The classes will be taught by fertility experts from Germany, Canada and Indonesia.

As one of the most populous countries in the world, Indonesia is facing a heavy burden of health problems in addition to this; there is an issue in the area of infertility. This became a major concern due to the high infertility rate and the limited number of infertile couples who have access to proper health facilities as well as the cultural value of parenthood in Indonesia.

“Access to adequate comprehensive reproductive health services, including infertility care, is a basic right regardless of the economic circumstances in which individuals are born into. Therefore, Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Program will contribute to identifying and implementing strategies to improve access to high quality biomedical fertility care in Indonesia and through the initiative of “More than a Mother” interventions to decrease social suffering from infertility and childlessness will be defined” said Rasha Kelej, Head of Global Business Responsibility and Market Development at Merck’s biopharmaceutical business Merck Serono.

Dr. Budi Wiweko , IVF Consultant and Research Manager of Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia emphasized “Unfortunately, only a very limited number of reproductive couples experiencing infertility have accessed proper health facilities. One of the strategies to increase health service access is to improve the referral system for infertility care and strengthen the links between general practitioners and infertility providers. Medical students as future general practitioners should therefore understand the basics of infertility management. Therefore we believe that our partnership with Merck to implement their Capacity Advancement Program will help us to achieve this goal.”

“This program will also help the participants to understand the cultural, psychological and caring aspects related to fertility management and the model of early stage counseling of couples with fertility problems “he added.

During the scientific program at University of Indonesia, Dr. Klaus Bühler, director of Gynecology, Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine Ulm and Stuttgart center, Germany explained “Infertility affects men and women equally. Approximately one-third of cases of couple infertility is due to male factors, one-third to female factors and one-third relates to a combination of male and female factors or has no identifiable cause, today together with Merck and University of Indonesia, we launch “ Fertility is a shared Responsibility “ initiative to raise awareness about male infertility and encourage men to acknowledge and openly discuss their infertility issues and strive for a team approach to family building with their partners in order to progress toward Shared Fertility Responsibility among couples”

Dr Sylvia Elvira, Consultant, Indonesian Psychiatric College explained “Women’s reproductive success determines their social status, the roles they play in a given society, and indirectly, the control they can exercise over their own lives and their continued wellbeing, they are also overwhelmingly perceived as being the party responsible for a couple’s infertility, and subsequently the social suffering associated with infertility tends to be greater for them than their husbands. Together with Merck capacity advancement program we will challenge this perception of infertile women, their roles and worth in society, both within and beyond the medical profession in order to achieve any systemic shift in the current culture of gender discrimination in the context of fertility care”.

Merck CAP is a 5 year program aiming to expand the professional capacity in Africa and developing countries in the areas of research and development, advocacy building, supply-chain integrity and efficiency, pharmacovigilance, medical education, and community awareness.

As part of the CAP, by end of 2015, more than 5,000 medical students in partnership with African universities such as University of Nairobi, Makerere University, Namibia University and University of Ghana, in addition to Asian universities such as Maharashtra university, India and University of Indonesia will benefit from European-accredited clinical chronic diseases management training, which is seeking to equip them with skills to avert the diabetes epidemic.

“Merck is planning to target more than 15,000 students by the end of 2018 expanding to more African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern countries with special focus on non –communicable diseases such as Diabetes, cancer and fertility management.

The program will also kick off initiatives on building research capacity and improving supply chain in order to improve patient safety in Africa” Kelej added..

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Humphreys Elkington.

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UNAMID peacekeepers repel two attacks in South Darfur

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID peacekeepers have repelled two attacks by unidentified armed men in Kass, 85 kilometers north-west of Nyala, South Darfur. The ensuing exchange of fire resulted in at least four attackers killed and six peacekeepers and one assailant injured.

“I condemn the attacks on the peacekeepers and reiterate the Mission’s resolve to continue to respond decisively and robustly to any acts of this kind,” said African Union-United Nations Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Abiodun Bashua. The Head of the Mission wished the injured a full and speedy recovery.

The first attack took place on 23 April around 18:00 hours when about 40 gunmen on horses and camels opened fire on Nigerian troops protecting a water point. The attackers made off with one of the Mission’s vehicles after shooting the driver. The peacekeepers pursued and recovered the vehicle.

Four attackers were killed and two peacekeepers and one assailant injured during the exchange of gunfire. The Mission handed over the corpses of the four attackers and the injured person to the Government of Sudan Police. The wounded peacekeepers were evacuated to Nyala for medical treatment.

On the morning of 24 April, a UNAMID patrol travelling from Nyala was attacked near the Mission’s base in Kass. Four peacekeepers were injured during the exchange of fire.

Mr. Bashua called on the Government of Sudan to speedily investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to book, noting that “the continuing climate of impunity and failure to prosecute those who attack peacekeepers and humanitarian workers have to end.”

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General elections in Burundi: Political actors must prevent the escalation of violence

PARIS, France, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Burundian President’s party, the CNDD-FDD, will hold its caucus next Saturday, during which it may nominate its candidate for the upcoming Presidential election in June. Ahead of the incumbent, Pierre Nkurunziza’s likely nomination, tension is rising and there is apprehension around the possibility of escalating violence. FIDH and its member organisation ITEKA, who have documented multiple cases of pre-electoral violence and who fear a real deterioration of the security situation as the elections approach, call upon all political actors to refrain from any action which could lead to widespread violence, for which they could be held accountable.

“The upcoming elections are crucial for Burundi. However, the current context is not conducive to free and secure elections. Thousands of Burundians have fled their country out of fear for their safety. Opposition protests are being repressed violently. There are persistent abuses being perpetrated by the Imbonerakure, and civil society continues to be stigmatized. These are bad signs and Burundian political actors must take appropriate measures to prevent an escalation of the situation,” declared our organisations.

Increased repression against those who oppose a third term for Pierre Nkurunziza

The president Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, could be nominated by his party, the CNDD-FDD, as its presidential candidate. These past months, many voices, including those of the main opposition parties, civil society organisations, churches, foreign diplomats and even members of CNDD-FDDD, have spoken out against his candidacy, which they consider to be a violation of the provisions of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi (2000) and the Burundian Constitution (2005).

FIDH and ITEKA, who interviewed several Burundian political actors, civil society representatives, and diplomats in Bujumbura in February 2015, fear that the intensification of the repression against those who oppose a third term for Nkurunziza will lead to the multiplication of politically-motivated abuses. “Contestation of a possible third term for Pierre Nkurunziza is on the rise, tightening the noose around his neck and reducing the support he has within his party. As we approach his party’s caucus, the regime seems to be responding to this pressure with force, sanctions, and intimidation,” added our organisations.

On the 19 April 2015, violent clashes occurred between Burundi police forces and hundreds of people demonstrating in Bujumbura, the capital city, against a third term for Pierre Nkurunziza. To disperse the protesters, the police used water canons, tear gas and batons. Two police officers were injured in the clashes and 105 protesters were arrested, including 65 that were charged with participating in an insurrectionary movement and transferred to Muramvya prison, about 50 km from the capital. They face up to ten years in prison. Monday, 20 April, at a joint press conference, the Ministers of the Interior, Defence, Justice and Public Safety hardened the tone and suggested that the authorities intensify the repression against those who oppose a third term for Nkurunziza.

Within the presidential party, those who have openly opposed the candidacy of the incumbent have been the targets of sanctions. In a petition dated 20 March 2015, 17 senior representatives of CNDD-FDD called upon the President to comply with the position of the Party Council requesting that he not run at the risk of seeing the country descend into chaos. Among the signatories of the petition were the President’s spokesperson, the spokesperson of the party, and the Governor of Bubanza province, all of whom were dismissed. The Governors of the provinces of Bujumbura Rural, Muramvya, and Karusi, and the Director General of Burundi National Radio and Television (RTNB) all suffered a similar fate. Our organisations have also learned that a dozen senior executives of the CNTB (National Commission on Land and other Assets) and twenty employees of Parliament have recently been dismissed for the same reasons.

Thousands of Burundians flee the country, fearing for their safety

“Many acts of pre-electoral violence have occurred in recent months in several provinces in Burundi, particularly targeting opposition activists and opponents of a third term for Pierre Nkurunziza. People fear that the situation will deteriorate and consequently seek shelter. It is the stability of Burundi and the sub-region that are now at stake,” our organisations warned.

Fleeing the pre-electoral violence and fearing an escalation of insecurity with the approach of the elections, nearly 8,000 Burundians have left their country to seek refuge in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to our information, some have also begun to arrive in Tanzania. According to UNHCR, refugees, who are primarily from Kirundo, in northern Burundi, have reported politically motivated acts of harassment and intimidation, forced disappearances of their relatives, and forced recruitment by members of the youth league of the ruling party, the Imbonerakure.

In February 2015, FIDH and ITEKA interviewed people from the province of Kirundo who were victims of pre-election violence. One of them, a member of the opposition party FRODEBU-Nyakuri told our organisations: “On January 26, 2015, I left the capital of the district of Bugabira and went home. I heard stones thrown on the roof of my house. I went out to see what was happening and was captured by Imbonerakure of our hill area, who dragged me down the road. They beat me with steel bars, clubs, and sticks. It was a group of over twenty people from my hill area. They fled when my neighbours came to see what was going on […] Today, we are in a standoff. In our area there are representatives of UPRONA, FNL, the CNDD-FDD, and FRODEBU. Now there are places we are afraid to go because they are controlled by CNDD-FDD. They call us ‘Ibipinga’ [the people who you have to do battle with]. Today, I continue to attend the meetings of my party. But the Imbonerakure come to our meetings and disrupt them. They throw stones at us so we can’t hold the meetings. It is mainly the UPRONA and FRODEBU-NYAKURI that are harrassed by the Imbonerakure. The President of FRODEBU-NYAKURI is originally from the province of Kirundo. Most of the party members live in this province. No justice is expected when it is the Imbonerakure who commit the crimes. They are untouchable, protected by the law. Me, I cannot run away. You know, they frighten us because they want us to leave. They want us to flee so they remain the only ones during the elections. That is why we refuse to flee.”

Another resident originally from Kirundo, also a member of the FRODEBU-NYAKURI party, told our organisations, “On December 23, 2014, a Gitobe administrator drove by my shop and threatened me, saying ‘You Ibipinga here, I will work on you today.’ Later, he came back to my shop in a vehicle filled with Imbonerakure. They attacked my shop. I managed to flee. The next day, I took all that was left in my shop and I moved to another place in Busoni. But in January 2015, two Imbonerakure tried to force open my shop. I think a war will start in our community. Knowing the CNDD-FDD, even if they are defeated, they will not give up power.”

“The Burundian authorities should take the measures necessary to putting an immediate end to threats, harassment, and intimidation of opposition activists or people perceived to be close to the opposition. If they do not do so, the credibility of the electoral process will be tainted. They must ensure full respect for the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest. Furthermore, they should ensure that the Imbonerakure are held responsible for their actions before the courts,” said our organisations.

“The international community, particularly the African Union and the United Nations, must increase pressure on Burundian authorities to prevent the escalation of violence and guarantee free, credible, and inclusive elections,” they added.

The challenges presented by a possible third term for Pierre Nkurunziza

Under Article 7 of the Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation (2000) and Article 96 of the Constitution (2005), the President of the Republic of Burundi is elected by universal direct suffrage for a five-year term, renewable only once. While the CNDD-FDD admits that Pierre Nkurunziza has served two presidential terms, the party recalls that in 2005, Nkrurunziza was elected by the Parliament and therefore did not serve his first term (2005-2010) as a result of universal direct suffrage. However, the opposition and civil society believe that this argument ignores Article 103 of the Constitution, which states that “the term of the president begins on the day he is sworn in,” and the fact that the incumbent President was sworn in twice (2005 and 2010). Those opposed to a third term also stress that article 302 of the 2005 Constitution explicitly states: “The first President of the republic post-transition is elected by the National Assembly and the Senate.” They have pointed out that this is the same section of article 302 of the Constitution that the ruling party tried unsuccessfully to amend in 2014, a sign, according to the opposition, that the ruling party will do anything in order to allow Nkrurunziza to run for another term.

In February 2015, FIDH and ITEKA were able to interview several Burundian political actors and diplomats in Bujumbura and witnessed the real tensions that surround the question of a possible candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza. Several opposition members say they are strongly opposed to such a candidacy. For one of them, “the candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza will contribute to exacerbating tensions. Articles 96 and 302 of the Constitution should be read as complementary articles. The term of the President of the Republic shall take effect on the day of his swearing in.” Another said: “We are adamant that there is no way that Nkurunziza can stand for a third term. A third term would be equivalent to a descent into hell. He never had a half-term. If he runs for a third term, it will mean that there is no commitment to the Arusha Agreement, or the Constitution, so disorder is permitted.”

For Pascal Nyabenda, President of CNDD-FDD, who met with our organisations: “The problem is that people want to compare Burundi with Congo. But the situation is different. We are in a country still in transition. The term from 2005 -2010 was a shared term. The term from 2010 to 2015 was different. Article 96 of the Constitution says that the President is elected through universal suffrage. Some refer to Articles 103 and 302 of the Constitution. Those who were in Arusha said that we had agreed that the President could serve a maximum of two terms. The Constitutional Court has not yet ruled on the matter because it has not yet been seized. The opposition is afraid of our President, that’s all.”

The diplomats that met with our organisations also expressed fears that the political and security situation is deteriorating, as tensions crystallize around the issue of the third term of the incumbent. For one of them, “The question of a third term is a risk factor that could incite people to violence.” Another went even further by stating: “The third term is not legal. If article 302 of the Constitution had been removed, there would be no debate about the third term. That is why the government wanted to remove it. But the review process failed. From my point of view, we must interpret the two texts [the Arusha Agreement and the Constitution] together.”

FIDH and ITEKA reiterate their call on the authorities to ensure a truly inclusive electoral process that allows opposition candidates to participate freely, and to fight effectively against acts of political violence. For our organisations, while the debate surrounding the possibility of President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term must revolve around the law, it must also serve to push the current government to fully guarantee democratic principles and avoid an authoritarian turn.

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