Politics | Edited August 27, 2022
Ukraine It marked independence day, coinciding with the six month anniversary of the Russian invasion. Kyiv put on a display of ruined Russian military equipment, to mock Vladimir Putin’s plan to hold a victory parade there six months ago. Rumors that Russia would launch missiles at Kyiv this week were unfounded, but a Russian strike on a train station in eastern Ukraine killed 22 people. Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, promised to move Russian forces completely out of the country, and said that Ukraine was “reborn” in the conflict.
Daria Dugina, fire national expert Russia, was killed by a car bomb. Some claimed that the target was his father, Alexander Dugin, another nationalist reporter who would influence Mr Putin. Without evidence, Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out the killing. Pro-Kremlin lore said it was to escalate the war in Ukraine.
In Pakistan the the government filed a case against Imran Khan, the tyrannical former prime minister, under anti-terrorism laws. Mr Khan is accused of threatening a judge and senior police officers. His supporters accused the state of persecuting him because of his popularity. It is not clear if he will be arrested.
Malaysia The Supreme Court upheld a guilty verdict against former prime minister Najib Razak. He was convicted of several crimes related to a massive scam in which $4.5bn was looted from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund. About $700m was found in Mr Najib’s personal account; he claimed it was a political donation from an unnamed Saudi royal. This was Mr Najib’s last submission; he was immediately sent to prison to begin a 12-year sentence.
Constitutional Court in Thailand Prayuth Chan-ocha stepped down as prime minister until a decision is made on whether he violated the eight-year term limit codified in a constitution written by a committee that favors him. Mr Prayuth, a former general, took power in a coup in 2014. His supporters argue that his term only started in 2017, when the constitution came into effect, or in 2019, when he became the head of the civilian government.
Don’t cut the cake yet
Singapore’s the Prime Minister said that his government would withdraw section 377a of its penal code, which criminalizes sex between men. Gay rights groups have long fought to strike down the provision, which has often not been enforced. However, the government also said it would try to change the constitution to give Parliament the right to define marriage. Most Singaporeans are against gay weddings.
asked Raila Odinga Kenya The High Court to set aside the result of the August 9 presidential election, which he narrowly lost to William Ruto. The court has two weeks to reach a decision.
There is Mali The military government, which has promised to hold elections in 2024, replaced its ailing civilian prime minister with a colonel. As both the president and prime minister are now soldiers, the military’s grip on power seems tighter.
Al-Shabab, a Somali jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda, stormed a hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somaliain the capital, and it held for 30 hours, leaving at least 20 people dead. The attack was a challenge to the new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who had recently appointed one of the founders of al-Shabab to his cabinet.
Summer of humanity between Ethiopia Government and rebels appeared to have broken up in the northern region of Tigray, allowing food and other aid to reach thousands of friendly civilians. Fighting broke out in Tigray. A separate revolution grew in the south and west of the country.
Angola they held the tightest presidential election ever. However, many do not expect the people’s movement for the Liberation of Angola (mpla) or the current head of state, João Lourenço, to give the opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (unit) good chance of winning.
Reports have circulated that the nuclear deal between Iran and six major countries, which were signed in 2015 but abandoned by Donald Trump in 2018, could soon be revived. The them has suggested revisions to the text. It was said that America and Iran wanted a guarantee at the last minute.
Democrats won a special election in a highly competitive congressional district in New York State. The Democratic candidate, who took 52% of the vote, talked about abortion during his campaign; his Republican candidate focused on inflation. These topics are likely to be prominent in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.
Donald Trump he said his constitutional rights were violated by the fbisearch of his home in Florida, and requested legal protection. He asked a judge to appoint an independent judicial officer to review the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago and to stop the Justice Department from evaluating them.
Joe Biden announced a plan to delete $10,000 from the… student debt of Americans who earn up to $125,000, and an additional $10,000 for those who received federal aid to attend college. Economists rejected the plan as costly and regressive. But it can be popular.
California new regulations are ready that will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, giving effect to an executive order signed by the governor, Gavin Newsom, in 2020. The state estimates that 16% of cars sold to sell this year have been emissions-free vehicles, up from 8% in 2020.
Almost 1,300 illegal migrants he tried to reach Britain in a day by crossing the Channel, a new record. More than 22,560 have been recorded crossing the busy shipping lane so far this year, compared to 12,500 at the same time in 2021.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, vice president of Argentina, facing further corruption charges. A federal prosecutor asked that Ms. Fernández be jailed for 12 years and barred from holding public office. She is accused of giving public works contracts to a friend. She denies all the allegations.
I will respect the result, if I win
Jair Bolsonaro, the popular president of the Brazil, he appeared on television and repeated his claim that the October presidential election, which he is expected to lose, could be rigged. He did not provide credible evidence. He said he would respect the results, but only if they were “clean and transparent”.