When Batswana marched on Rome

In the early hours of July 25, 1943, the Fascist Dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini was voted out of power by his own Grand Council and arrested upon leaving a meeting with King Vittorio Emanuele.

During the Council meeting, which had begun in the evening of July 24, Mussolini was tired, unwell, and seemingly overwhelmed by Italian military reverses.

Council member Dino Grandi argued that the dictatorship had brought Italy to the brink of military disaster, elevated incompetents, and alienated large portions of the population. He proposed a vote to transfer military power to the king. The motion passed.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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