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An education minister in one of the world’s poorest countries has been sacked after a cockamamie plan to order $2 million in lollipops for schoolchildren.

Rijasoa Andriamanana, Madagascar’s education minister, had ordered the lollies to help mask the “bitter” aftertaste of a herbal remedy — still untested — for coronavirus, according to the BBC.

The plan was called off and he was booted after objections from Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina.

Rajoelina is pushing the unproven tonic, called Covid-Organics, as a coronavirus cure in the country which has 1,000 cases of the virus and seven COVID-linked deaths.

Despite the Presidential approval, Madagascar’s National Medical Academy has questioned the artemisia-based tonic, arguing that it could hurt people who take it.

President Rajoelina claims criticism of the drink by Western institutions are based in racism, telling French news station France 24, “If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so.”

According to the World Bank Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world with 75% of the population living on less than $1.90 per day.

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Entire NY Democratic congressional delegation now calling for Cuomos resignation

The entire Democratic congressional delegation of New York has called on Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Investigators grilled Cuomo for 11 hours in sexual harassment investigation New York state teacher's union opposes staff vaccine mandates MORE to resign after an independent investigation in the state attorney general's office found he had sexually harassed multiple women.

House Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Jeffries: 'Sick and cynical' for GOP to blame Pelosi for Jan. 6 Democrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker MORE (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksUS delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral Biden announces delegation to attend Haitian president's funeral Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (D-N.Y.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) issued a statement on Tuesday, saying “the time is right” for Cuomo to resign after an investigation found that he sexually harassed multiple women.

“The office of Attorney General Tish James conducted a complete, thorough and professional investigation of the disturbing allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo,” Jeffries, Meeks and Suozzi said.

“We commend the brave women who came forward and spoke truth to power. The time has come for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and resign,” the congressmen said said.

Today, @RepTomSuozzi @RepJeffries, and @RepGregoryMeeks released the following statement:

— Tom Suozzi (@RepTomSuozzi) August 3, 2021

The statement came shortly after James’ office announced the results of the investigation, which found that Cuomo harassed several women, including people who worked in his office.

The report also found that the governor and his aides retaliated against at least one aide who came forward.

Most of the 19 Congressional Democrats previously called for Cuomo to resign in in March. At the time, Jeffries, Meeks, and Suozzi were the only three New York House Democrats that did not.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPoll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTreat broadband as infrastructure and we have a chance to get it right House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors To make energy green, remove red tape MORE (D-N.) also called for Cuomo to resign at the time.

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“@NewYorkStateAG led a thorough & fair investigation. What I said in March stands. Governor Cuomo must resign,” Maloney said.

[email protected] led a thorough & fair investigation.

What I said in March stands.

Governor Cuomo must resign.

— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) August 3, 2021

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