Tuesday 13th April 2021
In Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso won the presidential election yesterday. Lasso is a conservative former banker. His opponent, the left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, declared defeat hours after polls closed on Sunday. With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Lasso has won 52.4% of the vote compared to Mr Arauz's 47.6%.
In Peru, trade unionist Pedro Castillo has taken a surprise lead in the presidential election. With more than half of the votes counted, Mr Castillo had 16.3%. Eighteen candidates competed in the first round of elections. There will likely be a run-off on the 6th of June. This means voters will have to choose between the top two candidates. Currently in second place is right-wing economist Hernando de Soto with 13.5%.
In the United States, the prosecution team are calling its final witnesses in the case against Derek Chauvin. The former police officer has been charged with murder in the killing of George Floyd. Mr Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd for over nine minutes during Mr Floyd's arrest last May. Mr Chauvin's lawyers say it was drugs and poor health that caused Mr Floyd's death. However, Dr. Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist, yesterday told the court that George Floyd had a strong heart.
"After reviewing all the facts and evidence of the case, I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die from a primary cardiac event and he did not die from a drug overdose. In his case, it was the truly the prone restraint and positional restraints that led to his asphyxiation."
In the UK, for the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers have reopened in England. Rules were also eased in the rest of the UK. There were long queues seen outside many clothing stores. Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone to "behave responsibly”.
Also in the UK, Prince William and Prince Harry paid tribute to their grandfather yesterday. Prince Philip died on Friday at the age of 99. Prince Harry said he was "a man of service, honour and great humour”. Prince William described him as an "extraordinary man” and said “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute to Prince Phillip in Parliament yesterday.
"He gave us and he gives us all a model of selflessness and of putting others before ourselves. And though I suspect, Mr Speaker, that he might be embarrassed or even faintly exasperated to receive these tributes, he made this country a better place and for that he will be remembered with gratitude and with fondness for generations to come"
In France, lawmakers plan to ban short domestic flights to places where taking a train is possible. This is to reduce carbon emissions.
In Somalia, yesterday the lower Parliament voted to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s presidency by two years. The bill was approved by 149 members. The bill still needs to be approved by the upper parliament before becoming law.
In Chad, votes are being counted following a presidential election. President Idriss Deby is expected to win a sixth term. President Deby has been in power for 30-years. Chad has until the 25th of April to announce provisional results.
In India, several million Hindus yesterday gathered for a holy festival despite a deadly second wave of COVID-19. The crowds entered the Ganges River to cleanse themselves from sins. Officials say they are struggling to set safety measures due to huge crowds.
In Bangladesh, the government yesterday announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights. Flights will be banned for a week starting tomorrow. More than 500 flights will be cancelled. The ban was created to tackle the rise in coronavirus infections in Bangladesh.
And finally, in Japan, Hideki Matsuyama has become the first Japanese man to win the Golf Masters. The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. For transcripts, past episodes or to send us a message, go to send7.org. In your podcast app, press subscribe to listen every day. I’m Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.