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Monday 16th November 2020.

Americas

In Peru interim president Manuel Merino has resigned just 6 days after taking office...

<Merino resigning in Spanish>

“I present my resignation as President of the Republic and I ask all Peruvians for peace and unity.”

 Last week President Martin Vizcarra was removed from power, accused of corruption by congress. The removal of Vizcarra has been seen as a coup d’etat by many Peruvians, and large protests followed Merino’s assumption of the presidency. At least two people have died in protests against the removal of Vizcarra. Protesters say that it was not Vizcarra who was corrupt, but the congress which removed him. Peru has been in a political crisis since 2017, which has been worsened by the COVID19 pandemic. Peru has one of the highest COVID19 death rates in the world. Over one in every thousand Peruvians is reported to have died from COVID19.

In The United States there were protests in support of President Trump this weekend. There were arrests and many weapons were confiscated from protesters who believe Trump’s claim that there was fraud in the presidential election. This weekend President Trump seemed to acknowledge his defeat in the Presidential election. Speaking on Saturday President Trump appeared to almost refer to the Biden team as the “next administration”- before saying “time will tell” which administration will be in office next year...

“and hundreds of thousands of jobs every single day - ideally we won’t go to a lockdown - I won’t go to a lockdown - this administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the....the ...whatever happens in the future - who knows what administration it will be. I guess time will tell. But, I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.”

Last night, President Trump again tweeted that the elections were rigged. Preliminary results show that President-Elect Joe Biden won the state of Georgia - the first democrat to win Georgia since 1992. A recount of Georgia’s votes has started, requested by the Republican party, however, even if Trump does win Georgia, it will not affect the result of the election.

Africa

In Ethiopia at least 34 people have been killed when a civilian bus was attacked by men with guns. There has been no claim of responsibility. It is not known if this attack is related to the continuing fighting in the North of Ethiopia. This weekend, fighting continued between between national government forces and the local government forces of the Tigray region. Yesterday Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Tweeted that the campaign in the Tigray region was going well, and that “justice will prevail”. At least 20,000 people have crossed the border into Sudan to avoid fighting.

In Malawi, Shepherd Bushiri, a controversial Chrisitna preacher announced he had returned to Malawi, despite a court-order to remain in South Africa. Bushiri is facing charges of fraud in South Africa. Bushiri is believed to be a millionaire who has started evangelical churches in many African countries. Bushari said yesterday that he had to go to Malawi for his own safety. He refers to himself as “the prophet”.

“and the human rights groups in Malawi wrote to the South African rights commission, human rights commission, where they addressed them that “the prophet” in your country is going through a lot of injustices and threats.”

Europe

In Belarus hundreds of people were arrested this weekend in another week of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Yesterday, protesters chanted “I’m going out” - the last known words of Roman Bondarenko, who died last week, allegedly after being beaten by security forces.

In Moldova, results from the first round of the presidential election have shown a small advantage for the pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu. Sandu gained 36% of the vote, against 33% of the vote for President Igor Dodon, who is considered the Pro-Russia candidate. Many analysts say that the third party candidate Renato Usatii may be able to influence the outcome of the election by announcing his support for one of the two candidates. Usatii is the mayor of Moldova’s second city Balti, and gained 17% of the vote.

In Romania a fire at a coronavirus intensive care unit has killed at least ten people. The fire started on Saturday in the city of Piatra Neamt in the north of Romania.

Asia

In Georgia there were large protests this weekend demanding new elections. The governing Georgian Dream party, lead by Georgia’s richest person Bidzina Ivanishvili, narrowly won election on 31st October. However, the largest opposition party, the United National Movement, and seven other opposition parties have said that they will boycott parliament.

Pakistan has blamed India for sponsoring terrorism and trying to destabilize Pakistan’s economic partnership with China. Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had sent evidence to the United Nations that showed India was operating from Afghanistan to plan attacks in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to make his first visit to Afghanistan as Prime Minister next week.

And in Turkey, Lewis Hamilton, the British formula one racing driver, has won a seventh Formula one title at the Istanbul Grand Prix. Hamilton is now tied with German Michael Schumacher with the most Formula one titles.

That’s your news in seven minutes. Read the transcript of today’s episode or listen to past episodes at send7.org I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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