Global Political Calendar: Trump's impeachment trial, Chinese New Year
Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial; Chinese New Year.
The historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump is scheduled to begin in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after being impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, making Trump the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice.
Trump is currently facing allegations of incitement of insurrection in regards of the January 6 riot at the U.S. capitol, which Trump's legal team denies.
A two-thirds supermajority is required to convict Trump, which means at least 17 Republicans, along with the 48 Democrats and 2 independents would need to vote in favor.
Given that Trump is already out of office, the main purpose of impeachment is redundant. But if he is convicted, a separate vote on a simple majority could bar him from ever holding political office again.
He could also lose many of the benefits granted to former presidents, including a pension, health coverage, and funding for travel and staff. It's unclear if his lifetime secret service protection could also be removed or limited.
Day by day:
Monday:Somalia holds presidential elections.
Tuesday: The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins.
Wednesday: A peaceful day for politics.
Thursday: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address in parliament.
Friday: Chinese New Year.
Saturday: World Radio Day.
Sunday: Valentine's Day; 16th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.