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Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is "confident" that no further delay to the lifting of remaining Covid restrictions in England will be necessary, and will come to an end on 19 July. The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday (14 June) that lockdown measures would remain in place until July - pushed back from 21 June - due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. 'Now is the time to ease off the accelerator' The Prime Minister said 19 July will now be the "terminus date" for the remaining restrictions on social contact. Covid restrictions in England were due to come to an end on 21 June, but this has been pushed back by four weeks to 19 July amid the rise of the Delta variant. Limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas will remain in place, with nightclubs t...
Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

AFRICA, African Union, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, Security, West Africa
Mali's new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga set an ambitious roadmap on Sunday towards a return to civilian power in February 2022 The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time on Sunday. The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, i.e. "the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms" -- plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022. He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises. The Malian Prime Minister addressed his government: "We wil...
Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, WORLD
Government approved 60-59; Yamina head heckled throughout his Knesset speech; Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid becomes alternate PM; Netanyahu derides new PM and vows: ‘We’ll be back soon’ In a history-making vote, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier. MKs voted by a wafer-thin 60-59 in favor of the new government, made up of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties that came together to oust Netanyahu and end two years of political deadlock. One MK, Ra’am’s Saeed al-Harumi, abstained from the vote. Three MKs from the predominantly Arab Joint List — Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi — stayed out of the chambe...
Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, USA, WORLD
US leader says he looks ‘forward to working’ with premier ‘to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations;’ FM Lapid invited to Washington US President Joe Biden congratulated new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday night on being sworn in as the head of a new government coalition, issuing a statement and immediately following it up with a phone call. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.” US Secretary of State Blin...
Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, UGANDA, VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President Jessica Alupo (left) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the reading of the National Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala last week. PHOTO/PARLIAMENT arliament will sit today to vet the Vice President designate, Ms Jessica Alupo, and the Prime Minister nominee, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, after their appointment last week.Ms Alupo, the former Education minister, replaced Mr Edward Ssekandi, while Ms Nabbanja, the former State Minister for Health in-charge of General Duties, replaced Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. President Museveni said the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.A notice from the Office of Clerk to Parliament to the Members of Parliament signed by Mr Paul Wabwire, the Deputy Clerk (Parliamentary Affairs),  urged all the legisl...
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

AFRICA, African Union, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, West Africa
In Mali Friday a new government has been formed. It sees the military -- which staged two coup d’états in nine months, in charge of the West African nation's key ministries. At its head -- albeit facing criticism of his position’s legitimacy, transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta, who was sworn in on Monday. Ministerial positions of defence, security, interior and national reconciliation are all occupied by military personalities -- some of whom held these titles at the time they were also leaders of the August 18 2020 coup that removed then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Namely, Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué who remains the Minister of National Reconciliation and Colonel Sadio Camara -- who is back as Defence Minister after being ousted in late May by the since rece...
Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

AFRICA, Central African Republic, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER
Firmin Ngrebada on Thursday resigned as prime minister of the Central African Republic along with his entire cabinet. Ngrebada was made prime minister in February 2019. He had served as President Faustine-Archange Touadera's chief of cabinet before the appointment. He had been one of the main architects of the Khartoum peace agreement in February 2019 between the authorities and armed groups which brought relative stability to the country that has been mired in conflict since 2013. A spokesman for the presidency said Ngrebada could be asked to lead a new government. His resignation comes after strained political and diplomatic ties with former colonial ruler France. Paris announced this week that it was suspending military assistance to Bangui, saying authorities in the...

Joe Biden Set to Warn Boris Johnson on Northern Ireland as He Arrives in UK for G7 Summit

EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, UK, WORLD
Earlier, as he spoke in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by the UK, Boris Johnson expressed optimism over talks with the European Union on ironing out the Northern Ireland protocol issue, insisted that a compromise was “doable”, and that he was “not worried” about the issue overshadowing the G7. Boris Johnson is reportedly to face pressure from US President Joe Biden on Thursday to resolve the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol issue that has marred ongoing post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the European Union. Biden is set to meet with Johnson in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for 11–13 June and hosted by the UK, which holds the G7 presidency for 2021. The US President flew to the UK on Air Force One, landing at the US airbase at RAF Mildenhall...