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Code Napoléon. Olympic laïcité scholarship with foreign influence characteristics
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 03:56:02 PM EST
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the-star.ke bbc |Who's up, who's down in South Africa's election and why, 31 May
Here are three factors that explain how South Africa got here, why and what the future holds.

[1] Behind the ANC's free-fall...after three decades in power it has become synonymous with corruption and bad governance....

[2] The return of Zuma...to the political frontline under the banner of a new party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), or Spear of the Nation. Results released so far suggest that the ANC has bled support mostly to MK, which could take control of KwaZulu-Natal province....

[3] The dawn of coalition politics... This is the result that many ANC members had resigned themselves to during the election campaign, and said the party could remain in power in coalition with smaller parties—like the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which draws its support mainly from ethnic Zulus in KwaZulu-Natal, or the Muslim Al Jama-ah party. But if the ANC falls below 45%, it is likely to need a big party as a coalition partner.

31 May 'coalition country'. Partial election results put ruling ANC well below 50%
...Democratic Alliance [DA] leader John Steenhuisen said he was open to working with the ANC, although he would have to first speak with a group of other smaller parties with which he has a pre-election agreement. He said the possibility of the country's biggest political shift in 30 years "opens up a whole new universe for politics in South Africa and to start building something better for the people of South Africa."...
wapoo | South Africa's president urges parties to find common ground in talks after election deadlock, 2 June
...The ANC had said earlier Sunday that it was starting its negotiations with all major parties. More than 50 parties took part in the election, and at least eight had significant shares of the vote. At least 26 of them, including the MK Party led by former President Jacob Zuma, have lodged objections and complaints with the electoral body alleging voting irregularities, which it has promised to address....
sabcnews | Julius Malema has played the opening move on coalitions (02.06.24)
He has confirmed that the EFF does not only intend to work with the ANC but in fact wants to work with the ANC. He argues that they have done their strategic evaluation and are keen to go into a coalition with the ANC because it will never grow, along with everything else they mentioned. In the 2024 elections, in essence, the Economic Freedom Fighters [EFF] find themselves in the realm of the ambiguous in terms of their growth prospects in this election. The party's results were hovering at 8,67% when 18.19% of the votes were counted by midday on Thursday.
sabcnews | Supporters voted for Zuma believing he still represents ANC: Mtolo
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 10:42:04 PM EST
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citizen.co.za | Date of president's inauguration will be announced, says Ntshavheni (03.06.24)
The seventh democratic Parliament has to be ushered within 14 days of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) declaring the election results. The first sitting of the National Assembly will elect South Africa's new president. Ramaphosa is reportedly already facing calls for his resignation in light of the ANC's performance in the general election. But ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has ruled out Ramaphosa stepping down as the party enters coalition talks with other political parties.
ANC NEC meeting opts for Government of National Unity over coalition, 6 June
"We have looked at various scenarios for setting up a government, as the ANC, with its 40% return of votes, cannot set up a government without cooperating with others," says Ramaphosa, pointing out that the NEC [National Executive Committee]  meeting has reached a consensus on the way forward.
EFF rejects ANC's proposal of a GNU if it encompasses DA, FF Plus, 7 June
On the other hand, the DA says it will only agree to be part of the ANC's proposed Government of National Unity if the MK Party, the EFF, and Patriotic Alliance (PA) are excluded.
polity.org.za | Ramaphosa congratulates Modi on third consecutive term in office, 7 June
He emphasised the importance of the two countries' continued cooperation to promote the agenda of the Global South, notably the reform of the global system of governance, and to align positions in global fora in the interest of strengthening multilateral organisations.
sabcnews | 'Formation of government won't be smooth sailing', 9 June
With eighteen political parties expected to form a government within the stipulated 14 days after the declaration of election results, political analyst Dr Oshupeng Maseng from the University of Mpumalanga believes this will not be smooth sailing. The ANC has already announced its stance, choosing a Government of National Unity as its preferred form of government. Maseng says coalitions in some of the municipalities in the country depict the instability that coalition government may bring.
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 07:03:29 PM EST
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sabcnews | Over 50 delegates to be sworn in at NCOP's first sitting on Saturday, 12 June
Up to 54 permanent delegates drawn from nine provinces are expected to be sworn in at the first sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Saturday after the nine legislatures have been constituted. This will happen a day after the first sitting of the National Assembly which is expected to take place on Friday.
apanews  | Af'Sud : rejet de la tentative de Zuma de bloquer le parlement, 13 June
La Cour constitutionnelle d'Afrique du Sud a rejeté une demande de l'uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) visant à bloquer la première séance du parlement prévue vendredi, estimant qu'il n'était pas dans l'intérêt de la justice d'examiner l'affaire du parti de l'ancien président Jacob Zuma.
« Le requérant n'a pas réussi à justifier le fait qu'il n'ait pas introduit cette requête plus tôt alors qu'il était conscient de l'obligation constitutionnelle de convoquer l'Assemblée nationale au plus tard 14 jours après la proclamation des résultats de l'élection », a déclaré la Cour. L'urgence de la requête était donc « auto-créée », a jugé la Cour.
sabcnews | Teams ready to usher in 7th Parliament, 13 June
...Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced that Friday is the first sitting to swear in MPs, elect the President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker. This per the Constitution, which states that the first sitting must be held no later than 14 days after the declaration of election results....
citizen.co.za | MK party slams 'conglomerate of rejects' as NFP leaves them out in the cold in KZN, 13 June
The National Freedom Party (NFP) will enter the Government of National Unity (GNU). This was announced by its leader President Ivan Barnes on Thursday. He announced the party will join the ANC, DA, and IFP in forming a government in KZN [KwaZulu-Natal], leaving the MK party without power despite it getting the most votes in the province last month.
by Cat on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 09:28:00 PM EST
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citizen.co.z | Ramaphosa re-elected as president, 14 June 283 votes to 44
"He will be inaugurated next week in Pretoria and is set to announce his cabinet soon."
by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 03:54:23 PM EST
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aljazeera | Iran opens registration for presidential race to replace late Raisi, 30 May
On Thursday, state media reported that "around 30 people" came forward to submit applications for candidacy, but "none of them met the basic conditions for qualification".
mehrnews | Names of Iran's presidential election candidates announced, 9 June
Masoud Pezeshkian, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, Saeed Jalili, Alireza Zakani, Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf are set to compete at the upcoming presidential elections which is set to be held on

i24news.il | Iran announces final presidential candidates ahead of election

The exclusion of several high-profile figures, including ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, has stirred controversy and speculation about the direction of Iran's leadership.
presstv.ir | Iran gears up for 14th presidential election, 2 min. video (EN)
constitutional process, last Art. 131 election? 1981
iranintl.com | Iran OKs Final Six Presidential Candidates, Rejects Key Figures
On the other hand, the 'reformists' must be somewhat disappointed as only one of their official candidates has his credentials approved, Iranian analyst and Iran International contributor Behruz Turani said. The only reform-minded candidate, Pezeshkian's chances to win the presidency is uncertain because of his [Pishevari?] ethnic voter base, something that Khamenei is known to detest.
mehrnews | Iran acting FM departs for Moscow to attend BRICS meeting
by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 08:47:49 PM EST
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telesur | Iran and Bahrain to Begin Talks on Bilateral Ties Resumption, 24 June
On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that its country and Bahrain [.BH] have agreed to start talks on the resumption of bilateral political relations following an eight-year diplomatic freeze......In 2016, Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Iran following Saudi Arabia's decision to cut ties with Tehran. The move came in response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, which occurred after the execution of a Shiite cleric by Saudi Arabia.
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In March 2023, Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a ground-breaking agreement in China to restore diplomatic relations and re-open their embassies and missions.
archive China brokers Saudi-Iran ...breakthrough
Joint Trilateral Statement by the People's Republic of China, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran
The two countries formally declared in April of last year the resumption of diplomatic relations with immediate effect.

This announcement occurs in the middle of the electoral campaign for the early Iranian elections that will be held next Friday. This electoral process is being held as a result of the death of President Ebrahim Raisí in a helicopter accident that took place on May 19.

archive The Gulf Case, Dialing down US-KSA expectations, Abraham Accords Peace In Name Only in a Disturbed Joe Biden

BTW Blinken the undertaker (14 June 28-min A/V), Joshua Landis struggles to rationalize Biden? Middle East crazy talk, fails

by Cat on Mon Jun 24th, 2024 at 08:46:05 PM EST
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Thousands of polling stations set up in Iran for presidential election, 27 June
and two candidates have dropped out, leaving Masoud Pezeshkian, Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi, Saeed Jalili, and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf on the ballot.
by Cat on Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 08:41:25 PM EST
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mehrnews | Iranian expats in Canada can cast their votes on US soil, 27 June
Ballot boxes for Iran's presidential elections will be set up on the border between Canada and the United States following coordination with Iran's Interest Section in Washington
VOA asked the State Department how authorizing ballot stations in the U.S. for Iran, whose poor human rights record it has strongly criticized, is consistent with the U.S. view of Iranian elections as neither free nor fair.
after Canada refused to allow Iranian nationals residing in that country to have ballot boxes in its territory, he said.
presstv.ir | Polls close and vote counting begins in Iran, 28 June (20:30 GMT 29 June)
Simultaneously with the electoral procedure inside the country, as many as 314 polling stations have been serving Iranian expatriates throughout more than 100 foreign countries.
NY Yella Cake v.1 | Amid Perilous Times, Iran Holds Vote, 28 June 12:12:28 a.m. ET

NY Yella Cake v.2 7:12 p.m.ET: As voting proceeded in Iran's presidential election on Friday, early estimates from campaign officials showed that only about 40 percent of eligible voters appeared to be casting ballots. The low turnout was a potential blow to the ruling clerics, who made voter participation a marker of their legitimacy and had hoped to achieve 50 percent turnout, compared with 70 percent in past presidential elections.

ChatGPT reuters | Iran extends voting hours after supreme leader calls for high turnout in presidential election, 28 June
Khamenei called for a high turnout to offset a legitimacy crisis fuelled by public discontent over economic hardship and curbs on political and social freedom.

"The durability, strength, dignity and reputation of the Islamic Republic depend on people's presence," Khamenei told state television after casting his vote. "High turnout is a definite necessity."
Critics of Iran's clerical rule say that low and declining turnouts in recent years show the system's legitimacy has eroded. Just 48% of voters participated in the 2021 presidential election and turnout plumbed a record low of 41% in a parliamentary election in March.

punchline | India-Iran makeover, 28 June
by Cat on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 12:37:39 AM EST
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F24 | Iran to hold runoff election between reformist Masoud Pezeshkian and hard-liner Saeed Jalili, 29 June
The election this coming Friday will pit reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian against the hard-line former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Mohsen Eslami, an election spokesman, announced the result in a news conference carried by Iranian state television. He said of 24.5 million votes cast, Pezeshkian got 10.4 million while Jalili received 9.4 million. Parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf got 3.3 million. Shiite cleric Mostafa Pourmohammadi had more than 206,000 votes.... The election authority counted a total of 1,056,159 spoiled* ballots [excluded?].
[...]The turnout then was just under 49 percent [?], which at the time was the lowest in any presidential election in Iran.

mehrnews. | Iran presidential election goes to runoff, 29 June
The ninth update showed Pezeshkian had garnered 10,415,991 votes and Jalili 9,473,298 out of 24,535,185 votes counted. Ghalibaf and Pourmohammadi also received 3,383,340 and 206,397 votes, respectively.
Pezeshkian and Jalili will head into a run-off set for July 5. The second round is required if no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, plus one. The two candidates are allowed to begin their election campaign from Sunday until Wednesday [3 July], Vahidi said. Campaigning has to stop 24 hours before the vote.
mehrnews "Front pages of Iran's English dailies on June 29"
Iran Daily, Tehran Times, and Kayhan Int'l featured, I guess, because of their large print circulation
More than 61 million Iranians were eligible to vote in Friday's election, many of them first-time voters.
turnout (%): 40
Iran presidential election heads to July 5 runoff between Pezeshkian and Jalili, 29 June
[Mohsen Eslami] said of 24.5 million votes cast
@PrssTVElection 29 June rolling ballot count
4:04 AM ballots: "over 25M"
5:26 AM ballots: 24,535,185
5:31 AM ballots: 24,535,295
former health minister and senior lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian got 10.4 million while former lead nuclear negotiator and chief of the top security body Saeed Jalili received 9.4 million.
Voting was extended three times on Friday, each time by two hours, after 6:00 p.m. local time when the polling was supposed to close as per the Constitutional requirement of a 10-hour voting period.
* 5:26 AM  4 candidate sum = "over 25M" cast - "spoiled ballots". m'k. Word on the vine is, "spoiled ballots" are blank ballots cast. So, total "participation" including "protest" indeed exceeded 25M, which is not "just under 49%" of 61M anyway.
by Cat on Sat Jun 29th, 2024 at 06:19:23 PM EST
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barrons | Mauritanian Presidential Election Set For June 29, 20 Apr
The first round of Mauritania's presidential election will take place on June 29, with a possible second round on July 14, according to a presidential decree published on Saturday. Outgoing President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, 67, is expected to be the clear favourite in the election though he has not yet announced his candidacy.
Seven prominent opponents have so far said they will take part in the election. The well-known anti-slavery activist and opponent Biram Dah Abeid, who was a runner-up in the last presidential election, has also said he intends to stand as a candidate.
apanews | Presidential election in Mauritania: the campaign officially starts this Thursday, 13 June
Un an après la tenue des élections législatives, municipales et régionales, les Mauritaniens sont encore appelés aux urnes. Le samedi 29 juin 2024, ils éliront leur président de la République pour les cinq prochaines années.

Officiellement, les sept candidats engagés dans la course au palais iront à la rencontre des électeurs du 13 au 27 juin 2024. Le président Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, dont le parti est arrivé en tête des dernières élections, brigue un second mandat.

Face à lui, il y a l'opposant et « militant des droits humains » Biram Dah Abeid et le candidat Mohamed Lemine Elwavi, haut fonctionnaire au Trésor mauritanien. Tous deux ont participé au scrutin de 2019.

risis24.garda | Mauritania: Political gatherings and associated disruptions likely in cities across country in lead-up to June 29 presidential election, 13 June SECURITY THREATS
by Cat on Thu Jun 13th, 2024 at 09:47:27 PM EST
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thehindu | BJP poised to get third term; both BJP and Congress may register small gains in vote share (02.06.24)
The BJP made every effort this time to make an impact in both States of the east, and of the south. These efforts are likely to pay off with BJP's vote in these regions increasing compared with last time. On the other hand, for the Congress, its gains are likely to be rather chaotically spread across a few States, perhaps not enough for the party to make an impressive gain in terms of seats. This asymmetry of performance is likely to help the BJP and disappoint the Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is Congress' ally only in Gujarat, Haryana and Delhi; and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) only in Uttar Pradesh.
ptinews | Cong, INDIA bloc trying to undermine electoral process, alleges BJP, 2 June
The delegation submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission (EC) in this regard.

"We had to call upon the Election Commission today in light of the repeated attempts by a section of political parties, like the Congress and their INDI alliance partners, and also by certain motivated civil society groups and NGOs who are trying their level best to undermine the integrity of India's electoral process," Goyal told reporters after meeting EC officials.
Earlier in the day, a delegation of opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress' Abhishek Singhvi, met the EC and urged it to ensure that all the guidelines, including declaring the postal-ballot results before the outcome of the EVMs is announced, are followed on June 4. ...Terming the exit polls "bogus", the Congress on Sunday said they were a "deliberate attempt to justify rigging" of the elections and part of "psychological games" being played by Prime Minister Modi to lower the morale of the INDIA bloc workers. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi dubbed the exit polls as "Modi media poll".

Hindustan Times: OpenAI Makes Big Interference In Indian Elections Claim, Draws Israel Link; Modi Minister Responds, A/V (EN) 4:6
archive Phase 3, 4, 5
by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 11:18:38 PM EST
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Official ballot tally is incomplete. BUT. The headlines are. The WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRACY trimmed BJP majority in the LOK SABHA to 40% of seats.
by Cat on Tue Jun 4th, 2024 at 07:54:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jun 6th, 2024 at 08:26:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 9th, 2024 at 06:27:04 PM EST
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Mexicans elected Claudia Sheinbaum president. So far, Anglo-american press has reserved judgment to (a) FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT and (b) FIRST JEWISH PRESIDENT...
with scant reference to curriculum vitae, campaign debate topics, (Morena) partisan agenda, congress election results, and inauguration date (1 Oct).
by Cat on Tue Jun 4th, 2024 at 08:29:26 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Niger's highest court lifts immunity of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, 14 June "mutinous soldiers"
The proceedings before the State Court have been marred by serious irregularities, including violations of Bazoum's rights to present evidence in his defense, to communicate with his legal counsel, and to be heard before an independent court, according to Human Rights Watch, a leading rights group. Bazoum's lawyer, Reed Brody, criticized the ruling as a "mockery" of the rule of law in Niger.

"We never even got to speak to our client," Brody said. "This is a travesty of justice."

Bazoum's lawyers have been unable to communicate with him since last October and have had restricted access to case material, according to HRW [!]. Late last year, the highest court of West African regional bloc ECOWAS ruled that Bazoum and his family were arbitrarily detained and called for him to be restored to office.

Russia formally charges WSJ journalist with spying for CIA, 13 June dual-use Evan Gershkovich
Investigators claimed in a statement that they have evidence proving the US citizen was acting on behalf of the foreign intelligence agency when he tried to collect classified information about Uralvagonzavod, a major Russian producer of tanks and armored vehicles, in Ekaterinburg in March 2023.
ofac.treasury.gov | "Updated Guidance for Foreign Financial Institutions on OFAC Sanctions Authorities Targeting Support to Russia's Military-Industrial Base"
On June 12, 2024, OFAC updated the definition of "Russia's military-industrial base" to include all persons blocked under E.O. 14024 (FAQ 1181 and 1151). The updated definition reflects the Kremlin's increasing use of Russia's entire economy to support its war in Ukraine.
American officials have reportedly contacted other governments about potentially taking custody of prisoners who they believe may be of interest to Russia in a swap for Gershkovich. Brazil, Norway, Germany, and an unnamed former Soviet bloc country have been approached with such requests, according to Western media.

by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 04:31:37 PM EST
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Türkiye confirms contract signed with US for F-16 warplanes, 13 June
The Defense Ministry's statement came days after the U.S. State Department said Türkiye had signed a letter of offer and acceptance to purchase the Lockheed Martin-made warplanes. That brings the two NATO allies closer to completing the prolonged process that sometimes fueled tensions and tested Washington's ties with Ankara.
Türkiye's strategic bid for BRICS membership, 14 June
Although Türkiye has not yet formally applied for membership, Fidan expressed interest in joining BRICS during his recent visit to Beijing.
From Russia's viewpoint, Türkiye's potential inclusion in BRICS is strategically multifaceted.
Summit on Peace in Ukraine Participating countries and organizations
Hakan Fidan, FM, Türkiye
List of states and international organisations supporting the Joint Communiqué
Russia perceives Türkiye's potential inclusion as a move that could enhance the group's global influence and sees benefits in boosting trade and investment opportunities within the BRICS framework. Politically, Russia and Türkiye share a complex relationship characterized by both cooperation and competition.
RT | Russia names main condition for BRICS membership (18.06.24)
Countries seeking to join the group must not be involved in unilateral sanctions schemes, Russia's deputy foreign minister has said
Thus, Russia might consider Türkiye's BRICS membership as a means to reinforce their political alignment on specific international issues while simultaneously managing their regional rivalries.
archive Macron asks for invitation to BRICS summit
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 08:33:31 PM EST
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dailysabah | French police arrest New Caledonia independence leader, 7 others , 19 June
Christian Tein leads a branch of the Caledonian Union called the Field Action Coordination Cell (CCAT), which organized protest barricades across the capital Noumea that have disrupted traffic, movement and food supplies. He was among the pro-independence political figures who met with French President Emmanuel Macron during his lightning visit to New Caledonia last month. In a statement, Caledonian Union President Daniel Goa urged calm among CCAT protesters and told youth not to respond to what he said was a "provocation."

The French High Commission ["Louis le Franc"] said in a statement that the city center was "free and secure," as media reported many cars leaving. The New Caledonia prosecutor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

archive riot-hit New Caledonia
by Cat on Wed Jun 19th, 2024 at 08:40:13 PM EST
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F24 | New Caledonia independence activists sent to France for detention after deadly riots, 23 June
"This transfer was organised during the night by means of a plane specially chartered for the mission," Yves Dupas, the public prosecutor in the territory's capital Noumea, said in a statement....
by Cat on Mon Jun 24th, 2024 at 03:17:13 PM EST
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usnews reuters | One Person Killed, Over 200 Injured in Kenya Anti-Tax Demonstrations (21.06.24)
Protesters want the government to abandon its finance bill, saying it will choke the economy and raise the cost of living for Kenyans who are already struggling to make ends meet. The IMF, however, says that the government needs to increase revenues to reduce the budget deficit and state borrowing. Lawmakers are expected to meet on Tuesday to vote on proposed changes to the bill, which parliament's budget committee says would blow a 200 billion Kenyan shilling ($1.56 billion) hole in the 2024/25 budget, and compel the government to make spending cuts.
chathamhouse | Kenya's debt deeper than Chinese loans (31.05.23)
"The contribution of commercial external lending to Kenya's debt problem also must not be overlooked, particularly as the Ruto administration's current scramble for liquidity is overwhelmingly focused on a $2 billion Eurobond maturing in June 2024."
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 12:19:20 AM EST
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F24 | Kenyan police force arrives in Haiti for UN-backed security mission, 25 June
Kenyan police streamed out of the plane at the capital's airport as a small crowd, mostly airport personnel, greeted them on the tarmac.
the-star.co.ke | UN Security Council authorises Kenya to deploy police to Haiti for a year (03.10.23)
Ruto volunteered in last July to lead an international force to stem the latest wave of violence to afflict Haiti, where gangs control most of the capital Port-au-Prince while carrying out widespread killings, kidnappings, and sexual violence.
nation.africa | Haiti mission to cost Kenya Sh36bn in a year as MPs poke holes in deployment (09.11.23)
The Kenyans will be joined by police from the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Chad, and Jamaica for a total of 2,500 officers that will be deployed in phases for an annual cost of some $600 million, according to the UN Security Council.
nbcnews | Part of Kenya's parliament on fire as thousands of protesters enter
The protesters outmaneuvered police to enter parliament shortly after legislators voted to pass the bill. Lawmakers fled through a tunnel, but protesters allowed opposition legislators who voted against the bill to walk out of the besieged building. The office of the Nairobi governor, a member of the ruling party, also was on fire. The office is located near parliament. Police water cannons were being used to extinguish the fire. Protesters could be heard shouting, "We're coming for every politician."
aljazeera | Ruto says 'criminals' hijacked protests, laments 'loss of lives'
by Cat on Tue Jun 25th, 2024 at 06:40:27 PM EST
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whitehouse | FACT SHEET: Kenya State Visit to the United States (23.05.24)
"We must isolate crime from democratic expression... I shall continue to lead a government that is fully committed to maintaining the integrity of our state, promoting the unity of our nation, and enhancing the peace and security of all citizens and their livelihoods," Ruto declared, reinforcing his stance against what he perceives as threats to national stability, fananciers of the unrest
nation.africa | Kenya's youth-led protest movement leaves Ruto fumbling for a response
As John Aron headed out to join the protests raging outside parliament, he felt something huge had already shifted in Kenyan politics, jolting it away from decades of dominance by party strongmen and ethnic loyalties. At least eight people died when police opened fire on crowds trying to storm the assembly to protest against tax hikes on Tuesday. President William Ruto blamed "criminals". Aron, from Nairobi's Kibera slum, said the demonstrators were part of a brand new movement....Over just one week, what began as an online outpouring of anger by young, tech-savvy Kenyans at proposed taxes on bread and diapers has morphed into nationwide movement untethered from the politicians who have traditionally rallied the masses.
the-star.ke | Ruto formally asks Parliament to withdraw Finance Bill (26.06.24)
"In exercise of the powers conferred to me by Article 115(1)(b) of the Constitution, and having reservations on the content of the Bill in its entirety, I decline to assent to the Finance Bill, 2024, and refer the Bill for reconsideration by the National Assembly with the recommendation for deletion of the clauses thereof," the memorandum seen by the Star reads. This means the Bill stands withdrawn and the decision can only be overturned by two thirds of the 349 MPs (233).
apanews | Kenya: Ruto recule après de violentes manifestations, 26 June
by Cat on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 07:45:52 PM EST
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aljazeera | Kenya protests simmer after deadly week of anti-finance bill demonstrations (28.06.24)
Hundreds gathered for the funeral of a teenage demonstrator killed during Kenya's anti-government protests as the death toll from days of unrest rose to 27. Three more protesters died overnight Friday as police continued a violent crackdown with the Kenyan High Court ordering security forces to halt the firing of live rounds, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas, and water cannon into crowds.
barrons afp | At Least 30 Killed In Kenya Anti-government Protests: HRW (29.06.24)
"'Shooting directly into crowds without justification, including as protesters try to flee, is completely unacceptable under Kenyan and international law,' said Otsieno Namwaya, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch."
the-star.ke | I have no blood on my hands, Ruto says on killed protesters (30.06.24)
Speaking during an engagement with the media from State House Nairobi, said he has kept his promise that there would be no extra judicial killing in Kenya. Asked how he felt about the death of a 12-year-old boy in Rongai, Ruto said any life lost must bother everyone, including him. "I will give the mother of the 12-year-old an explanation of what happened and make sure that we bring this to a situation where like myself who has children, her child can be accounted for," he said.
TVC News Nigeria | Some Members of Parliament Under Siege, A/V (EN) 00:24:00
"So let's talk about President Ruto before we get into this particular crisis and struggle we've seen in the last few days in Kenya. Before this particular crisis at home he was seen as the jet setting global voice, especially by the west..."
nation.africa | Kenyan diaspora in US reject Ruto's plan to engage Gen Zs (30.06.24) Kenyans living in Washington DC, USA, have rejected President William Ruto's plans to engage the public through the recently announce National Multi-Sectoral Forum and instead want the head of state to speak directly to Gen Zs in the country.
by Cat on Sun Jun 30th, 2024 at 10:18:45 PM EST
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Chatham House London conference 2024 in conversation with Hsiao Bi-khim, Vice-President of Taiwan, 20 June

ill-conceived headline w/e 22 June

inews.uk | Taiwan learning from Ukraine to prepare for Chinese attack (20.06.24)
The self-styled "cat warrior"—a parody of China's idea of "wolf warrior diplomacy"—said there were parallels with Ukraine's struggle against a larger neighbour at an event hosted by British think-tank Chatham House in London on Thursday. "We are learning from Ukraine's defence, where smaller combat forces have proven nimble and adaptable," said the 52-year-old, who loves cats and has four. "We know we must reform and decentralise our military command structure. And we understand that's not only relevant for our military, we are working to enhance our whole society's resilience, incorporating civil defence in our homeland."
archive DPP party loses control of legislature ibid "re-sequencing deliveries"
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 12:31:58 AM EST
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telesur | Claudia Sheinbaum Presents her New Administration, 20 June
"Presentamos a 3 mujeres y 3 hombres que formarán parte de nuestro gabinete. Todas y todos creen en la Cuarta Transformación. No le vamos a fallar a nuestro pueblo."
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 01:27:03 PM EST
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yna.kr | Signing ceremony of the DPRK-RF Treaty on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, 20 June
"The [RF] government directly and indirectly helps North Korea strengthen its military power," Jang Ho-jin, KR Director of National Security said. Any cooperation with the [DPRK] State is a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution and the international community. It clearly emphasizes that it [DPRK] is subject to surveillance and sanctions, "
Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation, 19 June 2024 full text (autotranslate)
by Cat on Wed Jun 26th, 2024 at 09:21:11 PM EST
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