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The National Coordinator of the Development for Peace Education (DPE) Sofonea Shale

Jan. 8, 2021 2 min read

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The Director of the Development for Peace Education (DPE) Sofonea Shale says leaders need to have proper mindset in order to abide by the democratic principles.

He made the remarks after an armed and angry mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police on Wednesday just as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win.

Mr Shale said what happened this week was a great shock and disappointment to the world as America is internationally renowned as a global leader in democracy.
He said this shows beyond reasonable doubt that not all the Americans are democratic, even though he declined to label President Trump as a dictator.
''He is not necessarily a dictator but a person who can misuse his constitutional powers for political gains,'' he noted.

He nonetheless applauded USA's institutions, saying they are strong enough to control political leaders with porous mindset.
Mr Shale openly supports calls for the removal of President Trump from power, saying he wields so much support and influence that he could derail preparations for the smooth transfer of power on January 20, despite having made a somersault by distancing himself from the rioters, claiming that he would ensure that everything goes on as planned.
He said President Trump's about turn was not enough, adding he objected the presidential results ever since he became aware that he was trailing behind President Elect Biden.
The riots, he said have tainted America's good image globally as the country used to be a model of democracy to other countries.
“Had this happened in an African country, it would have been portrayed as a crisis by the international community,” he noted.

The riots he showed have also proven that not all the Americans are educated enough to uphold democratic principles, adding that public attitude and mindset are key for a good leader, which he believes are qualities President Trump lacks.

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At least four people died in the violence that ensued as pro-Trump protestors breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the Capitol building, smashing windows and brawled with police officers in what is widely being considered one of the worst security breaches in US history.

The mayhem appears to have deepened the divide within the Republican Party, with several leaders pointing a finger at President Trump for inciting violence by urging his supporters to reject the results of the presidential election.

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