WORLD NEWS 12-07-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SULTAN DECLARES JULY 20 AS DATE FOR 2021 EID-EL-KABIR.
  • EGYPT LAWMAKERS MOVE TO IMPOSE HEAVY PENALTIES FOR SEXUAL CRIMES.
  • LIGHTENING STRIKES 11 PEOPLE DEAD IN INDIA.
  • ON SPORTS, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, F.A KICK AS RACISM COMMENTS TRAIL ENGLAND’S EURO 2020 LOSS.

SULTAN/EID-EL-KABIR

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian supreme council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has formally declared Tuesday, July 20, as date for celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.

This was contained in a statement signed and released to journalists by the Wazirin Sokoto and Chairman, advisory committee on religious affairs sultanate council Sokoto, Professor Sambo Junaidu.

The Sultan, therefore, felicitated with Nigerian Muslims and wished them Allah’s guidance and blessings, urging them not to relent in praying for the peace, progress and development of the country.

With this declaration by the Sultan, Nigerian Muslim Ummahs will observe the 2021 Eid-El-Kabir on Tuesday, July 20, which is equivalent to the 10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442 AH.

JEGA/ELECTRONIC VOTING

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has faulted the National Assembly for the exclusion of electronic transfer of results in its ongoing review of the electoral amendment act 2010 as amended.

Jega expressed this while featuring on a televised interview, asserting that the 9th assembly’s decision to allow INEC to use electronic voting without the electronic transmission of results is counterproductive.

He maintained that electronic voting and electronic transmission of results go hand in hand in bringing efficiency and transparency in the electoral system, urging the assembly to diligently work to ensure that the bill is appropriately amended before being passed.

Reacting to the assembly’s screening of the Presidential Aide, Lauretta Onochie as INEC’S National Commissioner, Jega called on the lawmakers to apply the laws regarding the issue so as to avoid a situation whereby elections she participates in may be viewed as being biased.

EGYPT/MPs

Egypt’s members of parliament, MPs, have approved a draft law that will impose tougher penalties for sexual crimes.

The bill reportedly makes sexual assault a criminal offence, as opposed to a misdemeanor, carrying a potential prison sentence of seven years where a weapon is used, or multiple attackers are involved, while the minimum jail term would also be increased to 18 months.

The approval follows a move last year to encourage women to report sexual harassment and assault by giving them an automatic right to anonymity.

In their reactions, female politicians welcomed the development as a leap forward to end the rising incidents of gender-based violence in Egypt, particularly in major cities.

S’AFRICA/ZUMA

South Africa’s constitutional court will today hear former President Jacob Zuma’s appeal against his imprisonment for contempt.

Zuma is set to ask the top court to let him out of jail by rescinding its 15-month sentence for snubbing anti-graft investigators.

The 79-year old is seeking to have the court’s ruling set aside on the grounds that it was made in his absence and is also asking to be released from the Estcourt prison in eastern Kwazulu-Natal province on the grounds of his age and ailing health.

The Ex-South African leader was sentenced to 15 months in jail for repeatedly failing to appear before a commission investigating corruption during his tenure as president.

I’COAST/ICC

A former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, is accusing the International Criminal Court, ICC, of being biased in its recent prosecution against him over charges bordering on war crimes.

Gbagbo, who was acquitted of charges of crimes against humanity in 2019, made the accusation after receiving a hero’s welcome in his home village, mama, situated in the south-western axis of the country.

Speaking about his acquittal, the 76-year-old berated the ICC for attempting eliminate an inconvenient man and competitor, reiterating that he had not committed any crime.

In another development, former Ivorian Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro, who has been living in exile for the last two years, has rejected a verdict that sentenced him to life imprisonment, insisting that the trial aims to put an end to his political ambitions.

CUBA/PROTESTS

Thousands of Cuban demonstrators have taken to the streets of major cities in rare protests against the President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s communist government.

The anti-government demonstrations reportedly come as the country experiences its toughest phase yet of the coronavirus crisis and amid a severe economic crisis.

Armed with various placards bearing different inscriptions, the protesters chanted various slogans such as “down with the dictatorship”, “we want liberty”, among others, to press home their demands for president Diaz-Canel to step down.

In his reaction, the President blamed the united states of being responsible for the unrest, warning that further provocations would not be tolerated.

HAITI/PRESIDENT

The Haitian police have arrested a doctor who is believed to be a key suspect in organizing last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

While addressing reporters, Haiti’s Police Chief, Leon Charles, said the doctor, Christian Sanon, who was identified as a 63-year-old Haitian National, flew into the country on a private jet in early June with political motives but did not give any further details.

The Police had earlier announced that the 53-year old Haitian President was killed at his residence on July 7 by 28 foreign mercenaries, while his wife, Martine, who was also severely injured in the attack is currently receiving treatment in Florida.

In the meantime, a delegation of senior United States security and justice officials arrived in Haiti on Sunday, July 11, to assess the security situation and as well meet with the three Haitian politicians, who are each claiming to be the country’s legitimate leader.

INDIA/LIGHTENING

No fewer than 11 people have been killed and many more wounded when a lightning struck the city of Jaipur in Northern India.

It was gathered that the victims were taking self-portrait photograph famously known as selfies in the rain on top of a watch tower at the city’s 12th century Amer Fort, which is a popular tourist attraction, when the lightning struck them.

A senior police officer, who confirmed the incident, disclosed to journalists that 27 people were on the tower and the wall of the fort when the incident happened, adding that most of the people among the dead at the fort’s tower were young.

Commenting on the incident, Rajasthan State’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, announced the sum of 500 thousand rupees equivalent of 6,700 dollars as compensation for the families of those who have died.

SPORTS

England’s Football Association, F.A and British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, have condemned the online racist abuse of English players following the team’s penalty shoot-out loss to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

This comes as Black-England players- Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who all missed their spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out, reportedly came under attack by some unknown racists.

Reacting in a statement released to newsmen, the Association berated the online racism against the players as appalling, assuring that all steps will be taken to support the players affected and as well promised the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

Similarly, Prime Minister Johnson stood behind the players who he said deserved to be lauded as heroes, while the British police vowed that the racists’ posts would be investigated.

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