Friday, July 21, 2017

#CANADA: Trudeau Faces Questions Over Gov. General Pick's Assault Charge

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Governor General Designate Julie Payette will inspire Canadians, but he is being forced to defend his pick following revelations she faced an assault charge. Trudeau's office knew that Payette had been charged with second-degree assault prior to appointing her. Payette's Nov. 24, 2011 assault charge was dropped two weeks later and Payette ultimately had it expunged, or wiped clear, from her record.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#INDIA: New President Is Member of India's Lowest Caste, Political Unknown

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Ram Nath Kovind, a member of India's lowest caste, has been elected India’s new President, defeating the Opposition’s pick, Meira Kumar. In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,098,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,000,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes. Kovind got 65.65% of the total vote, while Meira Kumar got 34.35%.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#FRANCE: Head Of French Military Resigns Over PM Macron's Proposed Budget Cuts

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The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villiers said in a statement he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he considered necessary to ensure France's protection. France's government last week revealed major cuts to bring its budget deficit below the level of an EU cap.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Monday, July 17, 2017

#INDIA: Parliament Chooses President Today; Both Candidates From Among Lowest Caste

[world politics news]


Politicians from both houses of India's parliament have cast their ballots to elect the country's next president, with two candidates from the lowest rank of the Hindu caste system - Dalits - vying for the largely ceremonial post. The candidate from the ruling BJP, Ram Nath Kovind, a 71-year-old lawyer turned politician who was until recently governor of the eastern state of Bihar, is predicted to win. Kovind is also backed by several regional parties. His main rival is Meira Kumar, 72, who was India's first female speaker of the parliament and a former federal minister. She is backed by the main opposition Congress party.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

#POLAND: Bill Seeks To Reform "Corrupt" Judiciary That Serves "Only The Elites"

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Poland's parliament has approved a bill to give MPs and the justice minister the power to appoint judges without consulting judicial circles. Opposition parties and human rights groups say this would erode the independence of the judiciary. The governing Law and Justice party says the reforms are needed because the judiciary is corrupt and serves only the elite.

[FULL STORY HERE]


Saturday, July 15, 2017

#UGANDA: MPs Vow To Sink "Land Grabbing" Constitutional Amendment Bill

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 A section of Members of Parliament are vowing to rally their colleagues in Uganda’s Parliament to shoot down a proposed land acquisition amendment to the Constitution that they fear, if enacted into law, instead of helping government acquire land for development, will lead to more land grabbing and evictions in the country.

[FULL STORY HERE]

Friday, July 14, 2017

#MALTA: Parliament Votes To Allow Same-Sex Marriage

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Malta's parliament has voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation. Lawmakers gave near-unanimous approval to the bill, which represents a major step for LGBT rights on the island.

[FULL STORY HERE]