Monday 9th November 2020.
Joe Biden has beaten Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. On Saturday most news companies reported that Biden has passed the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency. Biden spoke on Saturday evening, telling the United States that now is the time for the country to unite...
“And I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Let’s give each other a chance. We have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies they are Americans.”
Also speaking on Saturday night was Kamala Harris, who will become the first female Vice-President...
“For four years, you marched, and organised, for equality, and justice, for our lives and for our planet. And then, you voted. Every little girl watching tonight, sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
President Trump has refused to accept defeat, and on Saturday Tweeted “I won this election, by a lot.”. Yesterday Trump continued to say that there was fraud, although he has not given any evidence. Trump has started many different lawsuits across the country, however, they are not expected to reach court. More Americans voted in this election than ever before. Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump received more votes than have ever been received in a presidential election - Trump won over 70 million votes and Biden won over 75 million votes, however the counting has not completely finished.
Around the world, most leaders congratulated Joe Biden on victory. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he looked forward to working with Biden’s team...
“I congratulate President Biden <sic>, President-elect Biden, very much on his victory, and of course I congratulate Kamala Harris on being the first female vice president as she will become, in the history of the United States. The United States is our closest and most important ally, and that has been the case under president after president, prime minister after prime minister - it won’t change.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Biden and said that he was hoping to strengthen India-US relations. Both Venezuelan rival presidents Maduro and Guaido congratulated Biden. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Tweeted that US elections are a spectacle, and criticised liberal democracy in general.
In central America storm Eta has killed dozens of people. Reports from Guatemala say that 150 people have been killed by floods and landslides. Deaths are also expected from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Hondruas and Mexico. The Mexican state of Chiapas has said that 19 people died after rivers overflowed.
In Indian administered Kashmir 4 Indian soldiers and 3 rebels have been killed in fighting. The fighting took place yesterday morning close to the Pakistani border.
Myanmar held a general election yesterday. At the time of recording this podcast the results have not been announced, however, the party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to keep a majority in parliament. In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims say that they were not able to vote in Myanmar’s election.
In Ethiopia fighting has continued in the Tigray region between the national army and local Tigray forces. Some experts have warned of the possibility of a civil war. This weekend Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fired his army chief, foreign minister and head of intelligence without giving reasons.
In Mozamique it is expected that over 40 people died after a boat sank on the 29th October. The story was slow to be reported. Nearly 400,000 people have been displaced from Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province because of Islamist rebels.
France’s foreign Minister Jean Yves LeDrian was in Egypt yesterday, meeting President Abel Fattah al-Sisi. Because of recent condemnation of France by some Muslims, LeDrian said that France has the highest respect for Islam and that Muslims are fully part of society in France - and that Egypt and France should fight extremism together.
And in Belarus, hundreds of protesters were arrested yesterday in the capital Minsk after another weekend of protests. There have been demonstrations every weekend since the 9th August election that Alexander Lukashenko claimed to give him a 6th term as president, but that most international organizations do not recognize as free and fair.
And in the United States, a couple who have had 14 sons, have finally had a daughter. Kateriy and Jay Schwandt had their first son over 28 years ago, and their first daughter is called Maggie Jayne.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Read the transcript of today’s podcast or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I am Stephen Devincenzi, and tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.