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Ghana’s new government was trying to track down more than 200 cars that have gone missing from the president’s office, a government spokesperson said.
The governing party counted the cars a month after taking power after victory in December’s elections.
After previous transfers of power, state-owned cars have been seized from officials who did not return them.
A minister in the former government said the implied allegation of wrongdoing by his colleagues was false.
Former communications minister Omane Boamah said this was “a convenient way for the new government to justify the purchase of new vehicles”.
Presidential spokesperson Eugene Arhin said officials could only find, among other vehicles:
Seventy-four of the presidency’s 196 Toyota Land Cruisers; Twenty of the 73 Toyota Land Cruiser Prados; Eleven of the 24 Mercedes-Benzes; Two of the 28 Toyota Avalons; and Two of the six BMWs. Ghanaian radio station Citi FM reported that the president had been “forced to use a 10-year-old BMW” as a result.
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One of Russia’s most popular newspapers has told women to be “proud of their bruises”, as the country partially decriminalised domestic abuse this week.
The article, published by Komsomolskaya Pravda, came ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin signing into law a new measure that will see offenders face fewer penalties.
Yaroslav Korobatov, a columnist for the paper, said: “For years, women who have been smacked around by their husbands have found solace in the rather hypocritical proverb: ‘If he beats you, it means he loves you!’
“However, a new scientific study is giving women with irascible husbands new grounds to be proud of their bruises, insofar as women who are beaten, biologists confirm, have a valuable advantage: they’re more likely to give birth to boys!”
The move to partially decriminalise domestic violence in Russia has sparked worldwide anger.
The presidential action, which reduces the assault of a relative from a criminal offence to a civil one, has sparked fears it will send a signal that abuse is not a serious crime. More than 14 000 women die in Russia each year as a result of domestic abuse.
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