WORLD NEWS JUNE 20TH 2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • WORKS MINISTER DEFENDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S STANCE ON BORROWING.
  • ECOWAS TO LAUNCH SINGLE CURRENCY IN 2027.
  • EX-UK SPEAKER DECAMPS TO DOWN GRADES PRIME MINISTER’S GOVERNMENT.
  • ON SPORTS, UGANDA TEAM MEMBER TEST POSITIVE OF COVID-19.

FG/BORROWING

THE MINISTER OF WORKS AND HOUSING, BABATUNDE FASHOLA, HAS DEFENDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S RESORT TO LOANS TO EXPAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN NIGERIA.

FASHOLA MADE THE DEFENCE WHILE ADDRESSING NEWSMEN, SAYING THE COUNTRY WOULD NOT MAKE MEANINGFUL PROGRESS WITHOUT TAKING LOANS TO BOOST INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE MINISTER, WHO SAID BORROWING IS NOT A SIN BUT PART OF THE ESSENCE OF KEEPING ECONOMY GROWING, EXPLAINED THAT THE MOVE WAS IN THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY, NOT INDIVIDUAL’S INTEREST.

ECOWAS/SINGLE CURRENCY

THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES, ECOWAS HAS AGREED TO LAUNCH THE PROPOSED SINGLE CURRENCY ECO IN 2027.

ECOWAS COMMISSION PRESIDENT, JEAN-CLAUDE BROU, MADE THIS KNOWN IN ACCRA, GHANA’S CAPITAL, NOTING THAT EFFORTS ARE BEING DOUBLED TO ROLL OUT THE CURRENCY.

BROU ADDED THAT THE ROAD MAP WOULD COVER THE PERIOD BETWEEN 2022 -2026, AND 2027 BEING THE LAUNCH OF THE ECO.

ACCORDING TO HIM, THIS IS ONE OF THE AGREEMENTS REACHED AT THE 59TH SESSION OF THE AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN GHANA.

MEANWHILE, IN DECEMBER 2019, THE LEADERS ADOPTED ECO AS THE SYMBOL FOR THE CURRENCY TO BE USED IN 15 COUNTRIES, LIKE BENIN, BURKINA FASO, CAPE VERDE, GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, IVORY COAST, LIBERIA, MALI, NIGER, NIGERIA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE AND TOGO.

PERU/ PROTESTS

SUPPORTERS OF PERU SOCIALIST, PEDRO CASTILLO AND CONSERVATIVE, KEIKO FUJIMORI HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CANDIDATES AS TENSIONS ROSE OVER THE RESULT OF A JUNE 6 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE COUNTRY.

REPORT SAID CASTILLO, WHO RECEIVED 50.125 PERCENT OF THE VOTE WITH A DIFFERENCE OF 44,058 BALLOTS, HAS DECLARED HIMSELF WINNER OF THE POLL WHILE HIS RIVAL, FUJIMORI GOT 49.875 PERCENT OF THE VOTES AND HAS MADE CLAIMS OF LARGE-SCALE ELECTION FRAUD.

CASTILLO’S SUPPORTERS WANT ELECTION RESULTS UPHELD, BUT FUJIMORI’S BACKERS WANT THE VOTE ANNULLED.

ISRAEL/ELECTION

ISRAEL HAS CALLED ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS FOR THE ELECTION OF THE IRAN’S NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT, EBRAHIM RAISI.

A SPOKESMAN FOR ISRAEL’S FOREIGN MINISTRY, LIOR HAIAT, GAVE THE WARNING IN A TWEET, DESCRIBING RAISI AS IRAN’S MOST EXTREMIST PRESIDENT WHO WILL INCREASE IRAN’S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES.

RAISI, WHO WILL BE INAUGURATED IN AUGUST WAS DECLARED WINNER OF IRAN’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON JUNE 19, 2021 IN A RACE THAT WAS WIDELY SEEN AS BEING DESIGNED TO FAVOUR HIM.

THE NEW PRESIDENT, FOLLOWING HIS VICTORY, HAD PROMISED TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC TRUST IN THE GOVERNMENT, AND BE A LEADER FOR THE ENTIRE NATION BUT REACTING, HAIAT SAID THE PRESIDENT COMMITMENT TO IRAN WAS TO RAPIDLY ADVANCE MILITARY NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

UK/EX SPEAKER

FORMER UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENT SPEAKER, JOHN BERCOW HAS LEFT THE CONSERVATIVES PARTY TO JOIN THE OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY, LAUNCHING A BLISTERING ATTACK ON PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON.

BERCOW, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN SAID THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY UNDER JOHNSON WAS REACTIONARY, POPULIST, NATIONALISTIC AND XENOPHOBIC.

HE DESCRIBED THE PRIME MINISTER AS A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNER BUT A LOUSY GOVERNOR WHO IS NOT MOTIVATED BY SUPPORT FOR EQUALITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTERNATIONALISM.

THE 58-YEAR-OLD SPEAKER, WHO SERVED AS A CONSERVATIVE MP FOR BUCKINGHAM FOR 12 YEARS BEFORE BEING ELECTED SPEAKER IN 2009, BECAME THE YOUNGEST TO HOLD THE ROLE FOR 100 YEARS.

HE STEPPED DOWN AS SPEAKER AFTER 10 YEARS IN OCTOBER 2019, NOTING THAT HE JOINED THE LABOUR PARTY BECAUSE HE SHARED ITS VALUES.

ETHIOPIA/ELECTION

AN ETHIOPIA PRIEST HAS CALLED ON ETHIOPIANS TO PRAY FOR PEACEFUL VOTE AHEAD OF THE COUNTRY’S KEY ELECTION.

THE PRIEST, NAME WITHHELD MADE THE CALL DURING A PROCESSION DRIFTED SILENTLY TO CELEBRATE A REVERED SAINT IN THE COUNTRY, ARCHANGEL MICHAEL.

THE SPIRITUAL HEAD ALSO TASKED THOUSANDS OF WORSHIPPERS, WHO GATHERED AT THE CHURCH IN AMHARA, THE SECOND-LARGEST REGION OF ETHIOPIA TO PRAY FOR PEACE AND PROTECTION FROM EVIL AT THE STAGING OF THE LONG-AWAITED ELECTIONS COMNG UP TOMORROW, MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021.

HE THEREFORE PRAYED THAT EVERY ETHIOPIAN PARTICIPATING IN THE ELECTION WOULD PEACEFULLY ACCEPT THE OUTCOME OF THE POLL.

MEANWHILE, PRIME MINISTER ABIY AHMED, WHO ROSE TO POWER IN 2018, PROMISED TO HOLD THE ETHIOPIA’S MOST COMPETITIVE ELECTIONS, A VOTE WHICH REPRESENTS HIS FIRST ELECTORAL TEST SINCE THE PRIME MINISTER EMBARKED ON A SUITE OF DEMOCRATIC AND ECONOMIC REFORMS.

BRAZIL/COVID DEATHS.

THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS IN BRAZIL HAS EXCEEDED 500,000, THE SECOND-HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, AS EXPERTS SAY THE OUTBREAK COULD WORSEN AMID SLOW VACCINATION AND THE START OF WINTER.

THE HEALTH INSTITUTE, FIOCRUZ NOTED THAT THE SITUATION IS CRITICAL AS ONLY 15 PERCENT ADULTS HAD BEEN FULLY VACCINATED.

THE INTITUTE REVEALED THAT THE VIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD AS PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO REFUSED TO BACK MEASURES LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE CONGRESS IS CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS HANDLING THE PANDEMIC.

IN THE MEANTIME, PRESIDENT BOLSONARO HAS BEEN HEAVILY CRITICISED FOR NOT IMPLEMENTING A CO-ORDINATED NATIONAL RESPONSE AND FOR HIS SCEPTICISM TOWARD VACCINES, LOCKDOWNS AND MASK-WEARING REQUIREMENTS.

TAIWAN/DECISION

TAIWAN HAS PROMISED TO ADJUST THE OPERATIONS OF ITS OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION IS COMING AFTER AUTHORITIES IN HONG KONG DEMANDED THAT TAIWANESE OFFICIALS SIGN A DOCUMENT SUPPORTING BEIJING’S CLAIM TO TAIWAN UNDER ITS ONE-CHINA POLICY.

HONG KONG, WHICH IS CHINESE-RULED, HAS BECOME ANOTHER BONE OF CONTENTION BETWEEN TAIPEI AND BEIJING, ESPECIALLY AFTER TAIWAN LAMBASTED A SECURITY LAW CHINA IMPOSED ON HONG KONG AND BEGAN WELCOMING HONG KONG DISSIDENTS TO THE ISLAND.

IN A STATEMENT, TAIWAN’S MAINLAND AFFAIRS COUNCIL SAID SINCE JULY 2018, HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS REPEATEDLY SET UNREASONABLE POLITICAL CONDITIONS FOR STAFF VISAS, DEMANDING THE SIGNING OF A ONE CHINA COMMITMENT LETTER.

SPORTS

A MEMBER OF UGANDA’S OLYMPIC TEAM HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND BARRED ENTRY INTO JAPAN.

REPORT SAID EIGHT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TEAM LEFT IN THE EARLY HOURS OF TODAY, CHARTERED BUS FOR HOST TOWN OSAKA, CENTRAL JAPAN, WHERE COVID-19 CASES ARE STILL BEING REPORTED.

THE DETECTION IS SAID TO BE THE FIRST INFECTION AMONG ATHLETES ARRIVING FOR THE TOKYO GAMES OPENING IN FIVE WEEKS.

A MINISTER IN CHARGE OF ECONOMIC POLICY IN JAPAN, YASUTOSHI NISHIMURA, HOWEVER, SAID THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING INTO WHAT HAPPENED WITH BORDER CONTROLS, BUT NOTED THAT ATHLETES ARRIVING TOKYO’S NARITA AIRPORT, WERE ALL FULLY VACCINATED WITH THE ASTRAZENECA JABS.

SO FAR MORE THAN 14,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE CORONAVIRUS IN JAPAN.

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