Fmr Irish President compares Trump’s refusal to concede US election with ’volatile and undemocratic situations’ in SL

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Former Irish President Mary Robinson has compared US President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the US election with “volatile and undemocratic situations in states such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe”, the Independent.ie reported.

Ms Robinson, along with the group she chairs The Elders, have said they are deeply concerned at US President Donald Trump’s refusal to respect the democratic transition of power.

The group, made up of independent leaders striving for peace, justice and human rights worldwide, have warned that the President and the Republican Party are showing a concerning lack of respect for the US democratic process.

It added that their resistance could have far-reaching consequences beyond the US borders.

“It is shocking to have to raise concerns about US democratic processes as The Elders have previously commented on volatile and undemocratic situations in states such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe,” Ms Robinson said.

“President Trump’s refusal thus far to facilitate a smooth transition weakens democratic values. His fellow Republicans must now affirm their faith in the US Constitution, democratic institutions and the rule of law, so the country can begin a process of reconciliation.”

The group added that accusations from the Republic Party of electoral fraud without any compelling evidence conveys a lack of respect for the US electoral process.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The continued assertions of electoral fraud by the President and some senior members of the Administration and of the Republican Party, offered as yet without any compelling evidence, convey a lack of respect for the integrity and independence of the democratic and legal institutions of the United States.

“Such an unprecedented situation could have far-reaching consequences beyond the United States’ borders. Those who stand to benefit from the current impasse are autocratic rulers and malign actors who wish to undermine democracy and the rule of law across the world.”

The group, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, noted that all living former US Presidents, including the last Republican incumbent George W. Bush, have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and deemed the election outcome to be clear and fair.

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  • lalith de silva Monday, 16 November 2020 05:03 PM

    It shows how illiterate she is

    Paddy Monday, 16 November 2020 07:51 PM

    She was one of the best presidents in the world. Very intelligent woman.

    Franklin Monday, 16 November 2020 05:37 PM

    Sounds about right!

    Dino Monday, 16 November 2020 05:37 PM

    You got that right

    Bandula Jayaratne Monday, 16 November 2020 11:42 PM

    She ignorant, know nothing about Sri Lanka,how democracy work insult to the country the government make a formal protest about this statement and if she is sensible should respectfully withdraw

    Ranjith Monday, 16 November 2020 08:03 PM

    Mary Robinson you got it right worse to come in the near future

    Dolphin Monday, 16 November 2020 09:22 PM

    Hahahaha....she's funny....and utterly stupid, along with those who agree with her...hahahha...

    Lokka Monday, 16 November 2020 09:25 PM

    Unfortunately you are so ignorant. Sri Lanka has been comended for peacefully conduct of elections and transfer of power to the winner without hassle. Please educate yourself before making such false statement

    Dolphin Monday, 16 November 2020 09:26 PM

    Oh...and she's available for money...would say and do anything as long as you pay her... everyone in the diplomatic circles knows it...some famous ones are her involvement with the Dubai government to whitewash their reputation against Princess Haya's harassment.

    ghry Monday, 16 November 2020 10:10 PM

    It is clear that the US tyranny influences the world's destabilization

    Srian de Silva Tuesday, 17 November 2020 09:52 AM

    NO smiling Irish eyes for Sri Lanka!!!!!


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