The Police on Monday said a hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble flared overnight following Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election. The authorities said those detained in Menilmontant, a north-eastern district of Paris, were accused of offences ranging from throwing missiles at the police to damaging property. The demonstrators were protesting both against Macron – criticized by many on France’s far left as a member of a discredited elite in thrall to global capitalism – and against his defeated far-right nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen. Macron beat Le Pen by 66 percent to 34 on a platform of market-friendly reform and closer European integration. However, an abstention rate of over 25 per cent, and the fact that more than 11 per cent of those who turned out chose neither candidate, pointed to a high degree of disillusionment with the choices on offer in the runoff. The hardline leftist CGT...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS A young man has been killed in violence in the Venezuelan city of Valencia, amid protests against the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Hecder Lugo, in his early 20s, died from a head wound. Officials said he had been shot. Youths looted shops in several cities. In Caracas an armoured vehicle was filmed ploughing into protesters. At least 36 people have died and hundreds have been injured in weeks of protests. Demonstrators are angry over what they describe as Mr Maduro’s plans to amass power in his own hands. They were particularly incensed by a recent decree that creates a 500-member constituent body to rewrite the constitution, a step that would bypass the opposition-controlled National Assembly. A women’s march took place on Saturday. An AFP correspondent in the northwestern city of Valencia said it looked like a disaster zone. The looting, which broke out earlier in the week, has angered local shop staff. “There was a...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS French presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron has been the victim of a “massive and coordinated hacking operation,” his campaign team said, slamming the attack as a last-ditch attempt to undermine him before Sunday’s election. The document dump happened on Friday night, less than 48 hours before the country votes in the final round of the presidential election, which pits the independent centrist Macron against the far-right Marine Le Pen. The files were released just before 2 p.m. ET Friday, around four hours before the election campaign period officially closed with its restrictions on campaigning, reporting and polling. These restrictions are aimed at preventing last-minute scandals from emerging and influencing the election’s outcome. Around 14.5 gigabytes of emails, personal and business documents were posted to the text-sharing site Pastebin through links to more than 70,000 files, a CNN look at the data shows. Officials from Macron’s En Marche! Party said in a statement that...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Donald Trump has waded into the row over Obamacare once again, this time by suggesting that a “good shutdown” would help “fix the mess” in Washington. Efforts in recent weeks and months have failed to get the votes to pass through a new health care act as part of Trump’s plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Over two tweets, Trump said: “The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” A US government shutdown was narrowly avoided on Monday when they managed to agree on a spending bill to see the country through to September. A government shutdown occurs when most services would stop except those deemed “essential”, such as national...
Poets won’t be wrong, if they title the current rumbling in the South Africa’s ruling African Nation Congress, ANC ‘A Spit On Mandela’s Grave.’ In the decade preceding Nelson Mandela’s Presidency, analysts have not stop wondering why ‘a freedom’ earned with tears, sweat and blood, be sacrificed on the altar of greed and avarice. The fallout of the on toward turn of events in the ANC has resulted in intense mobilisation for the ousting of President Jacob Zuma, who has become increasingly isolated after his shock cabinet reshuffle last week. The midnight announcement, which included the dismissal of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, has resulted in a rebellion within the ANC and widespread calls across ANC supporters for him to be ousted. The funeral and memorial services for ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who was critical of Zuma, were used as the springboard for this campaign. The reshuffle sparked an...
Nigeria and Bangladesh are to strengthen their military and economic relationship, a Bangladeshi official reveals. The Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Hug, disclosed this after a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “I just met the Vice President and before that I met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff and other Chiefs. “We discussed bilateral issues relating to strengthening the relationship between the two armed forces. “This meeting we also had the same issues relating to the armed forces. “And also how we can strengthen the bilateral relationship at the national level and also I would say increase and improve the economic and other cooperation in other sectors.’’ Hug noted that the Bangladeshi and Nigerian armed forces had a very long standing relationship. “Nigeria sends armed forces and a lot of officers to train in Bangladesh in different training institutions like...
The Chairman and President of Huajian Group, Zhang Huarong has stressed that security and a good environment are vital for investing in Africa. Huarong said this while hosting the China Africa Press Centre 2017 participants at the factory’s headquarters in Dongguan city, Guangdong, China. Huarong suggests that Africa should provide best services and environment (infrastructure) for investors as security is a vital issue for both staff and property. The group will be willing to expand its business in Africa so long as it’s dealing genuinely. "If a country wants to develop, the government has to be very open," he elaborated. Huajian Group hopes to expand investments by 2020. Huajian Group is considered to be the largest ladies shoe manufacturer in the world. Zhang Huarong is currently the Chairman of Asia Footwear Association, and Chairman of World Footwear Headquarters Base. The group’s export volume is about 80 million US dollars, with the Group's...
The Deputy Director General, African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Dai Bing has said that Africa will play a vital role in the upcoming Maritime Silk Road Initiative at the upcoming Belt & Road Summit in Beijing, China next month. This he highlighted recently, during a meeting with the China Africa Press Centre (CAPC). "Next month China will host the Belt & Road Summit. Africa will be invited as a vital participant of the Maritime Silk Road," he said. The Maritime Silk Road Initiative is another project alongside the Belt & Road Initiative. The project will link China through sea routes to countries and cities across South Eastern and Southern Asia, Europe and Africa. China's cooperation with Africa is further strengthened by the cooperations established as a result of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). "Chinese investments in Africa has been developing rapidly. FOCAC, is the latest...