PARIS ( ) – French President Emmanuel Macron oozes self-confidence, has outwitted his opponents and shrugs off public criticism, but there’s one other high-pressure job even he doesn’t like the look of: coach of the national soccer team.
“There are always 60 million people who believe they can do better than either,” Macron quipped to journalists before lunching with the French squad at their training camp.
“That’s why I’d never look to be the team coach,” he laughed.
The presidential visit to Clairefontaine ahead of a World Cup has become a ritual for French leaders ever since Jacques Chirac visited the squad in the run-up to the 1998 tournament.
France went on to triumph on home soil and Chirac’s popularity soared – just the tonic Macron might be wishing for with his own ratings after a year in power hurting from a raft of economic and social reforms that have earned him the ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Fanny,tag “president of the rich” among left-wing voters.
Macron, a fan of southern France’s Olympique Marseille, told the young squad the nation was behind them as they head to Russia for the biggest event of the global football calendar, w,上海419论坛Abel,hich opens in mid-June.
“You’re all huge stars,” Macron told the players, among them Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe. “The French team has shone when it is united. But when egos have emerged, when there have been rifts, it didn’t work out so well.”
France was humiliated in South Africa in 2010, when a meltdown in the dressing room left the team rooted to the bottom of its group and admonished by then president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Macron has defied calls from rights groups to boycott this summer’s World Cup because of Moscow’s involvement in Syria’s civil war, and told the team he would be in the stands for the final stages of the tournament to spur them on.
“I said I’d come to see you when you got through the quarter final. Note that I said ‘wh,爱上海419Tash,en’ and not ‘if’,,上海龙凤419Tash,” he told players, flanked by his wife Brigitte and coach Didier Deschamps.
WASHINGTON ( ) – The top White House economic adviser accused Canada’s prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with “polarizing” statements on U.S. trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.
Larry Kudlow, di,上海419论坛Tamra,rector of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau as “amateurish” and “sophomoric” for a news conference he gave after Trump left the Group of Seven summit on Saturday.
The comments, made after Trump had left to go to Singapore for his much-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, infuriated the U.S. president.
Trump called Trudeau “very dishonest and weak” on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbor.
Trudeau’s remarks prompted Trump to pull out of a joint communique that was a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies, Kud,上海龙凤419Tatiana,low said.
“He held a press conference and he said the U.S. is insulting. He said that Canada has to stand up for itself. He says that we are the problem with tariffs. The non-factual part of this is – they have enormous tariffs,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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“Here’s the thing,” he added. “He really kind of stabbed us in the back.”
In Quebec City early on Sunday, Trudeau declined to answer reporters’ questions about the aftermath of the two-day G7 summit in Quebec.
At his news conference, Trudeau said Canada would,上海千花网Nash, take retaliatory measures next month in response to Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Canadians, he said, “will not be pushed around.”
“There is a special place in hell for any for leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did,” Navarro said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump negotiated in good faith on the communique agreed by the other members of the G7, only to have Trudeau criticize U.S. policy after he left, Kudlow said. “It is a betrayal,” he said.
Kudlow also accused Trudeau of trying to undermine the U.S. president at a critical time before his summit with the reclusive Kim on Tuesday.
“POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this,” Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the United States. “He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to neg,上海419论坛Adam,otiate with North Korea.”
“Kim must not see American weakness,” he told CNN.
SARAJEVO ( ) – Drivers across Bosnia blocked roads ,上海419论坛Nathaniel,on Sunday in protest against rising fuel prices, warning of knock-on increases in prices for food and other goods, state television reported.
The one-hour blockade in the cities of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla and Zenica, as well ,爱上海Lauralee,as a main regional road, had been organized on social networks, echoing similar action in neighboring Serbia in the past few days.
Kilometers-long columns of cars were formed on roads in central Bosnia, blocking drivers who were returning from weekend holidays.
Fuel prices were first increa,上海贵族宝贝论坛Ola,sed in February after a rise in biofuel excise taxes but there have been two further increases, lifting the price of a liter of gasoline to 2.35 Bosnian marka (1.20 euros).
Drivers also blocked roads in major Serbian cities on Friday and Saturday, protesting against prices that have risen to 1.24 euros ($1.46) for a liter of gasoline and 1.30 euros for a liter of diesel.
Protesters said prices should be kept under 1 euro a liter in Bosnia and Serbia, where average monthly pay is about 400 euros.
Drivers in both countries have said they would continue daily protests.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday that the protests were politically motivated, and both countries’ governments blame the higher prices on global markets, where crude oil prices have been bolstered over the past year by a supply pact led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Bosnia and Serbia import most of ,上海龙凤419Felicia,their oil products.
( ) – The former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, will be extradited Monday f,爱上海419Samantha,rom the United States, where he has been held for a case of illegal wiretapping, one of his attorneys said Sunday.
“It’s happening tomorrow,” Monday, Sidney Sitto,上海千花网Rebel,n told , in a message by WhatsApp, without providing further details.
On Friday, President Juan Carlos Verla said the U.S. State Department had approved his request to extradite his predecessor.
Martinelli was jailed in the United States last year after Panama requested his extradition on charges that he used public money to spy on more than 150 political rivals during his 2009-2014 term.
The former president was arrested in June 2017 near Miami, where he had lived after leaving his country in 2015.
Martinelli, 66, has another dozen cases pending that range from the misappropriation of public funds to the sale of pardons. Martinelli has countered that he is innocent of the accusations and has said he is a victim of political persecution by the current president, a former political ally.
The chancellery of Panama has not said when Martinelli will arrive.
In a brief sta,上海龙凤419Carl,tement released Sunday night, the Panamanian Fore,上海419论坛Elisha,ign Ministry said that Martinelli remains in the custody of the government of the United States, until he is delivered to Panamanian authorities.
( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a tweet hours before his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Sin,上海贵族宝贝论坛Sal,gapore, said staff-level meetings between ,爱上海419Ada,the Unite,上海419论坛Becky,d States and North Korea were “going well and quickly.”
But he said: “in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those ,爱上海Kalista,of the past, can happen!”
DETROIT ( ) – A former hospital executive and a county sheriff appear to be the top two contenders advancing to the general election in November that will produce a new mayor of debt-laden Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, according to election results Tuesday night.
With 98 percent of the city’s precincts reporting, Mike Duggan, a former hospital chief executive waging a long-shot,上海贵族宝贝论坛Farrah, write-in campaign appears to have received more than half of the votes in a crowded field of 16 contenders.
More than half the votes counted have been for a write-in candidate. Election officials have not tallied the names on the write-in ballots but the vast majority are presumed to be for Duggan.
“This is the rarest of all campaigns,” Duggan told a crowd of supporters. “This is the campaign where the volunteers motivated and inspired t,上海千花网Sandy,he candidate.”
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was in second place, with 30 percent,上海419论坛Hank, of the vote.
Unlike the Republican,爱上海Dashiell, and Democratic primaries held to pick candidates for many local and national races, Detroit holds an open, non-partisan primary for mayor, with the two top vote-getters advancing to the general election.
The candidates will face off in a general election on November 5 to replace Mayor Dave Bing, who decided not to seek re-election after the city was put under the supervision of a state-appointed emergency manager in March.
Once the automotive center of the world, Detroit’s economy and population has shrunk, and the city is saddled with an estimated $18 billion to $20 billion in debt. In March, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as emergency manager. Orr is expected to serve for at least 18 months.
The ballot carried another write-in candidate with a similar name to the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election, Mike Dugeon, a barber whose entry into the race was seen as an attempt to spoil Duggan’s efforts.
Other candidates in the field included four-time mayoral candidate and accountant Tom Barrow, former state representative Lisa Howze, state Representative Fred Durhal Jr., former Detroit corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon and state Representative John Olumba.
SINGAPORE ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump ,上海龙凤419Oakley,said on Tuesday Nor,上海千花网Karlie,th Korean leader Kim Jong Un had made an “unwavering commitment” to the com,上海419论坛Eileen,plete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but sanctions against North Korea would remain in effect.
Trump, speaking after his historic summit meeting with Kim in Singapore, said both leaders were “prepared to start a new history and write a new chapter between our nations”.
“He reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Trump told a news conference.
Trump said Kim had “an opportunity like no other”, and that Kim had said a North Korean missile testing site “is going to be destroyed very soon”.
Trump also said he would be “stopping the war games”, apparen,爱上海Leeland,tly referring to unspecified military exercises.
Trump also said he and Kim had discussed human rights briefly.
BEIJING ( ) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it had lodged stern representations,上海,上海419论坛Jane,龙凤419Elijah, with the United ,上海千花网Sasha,States about the unveiling of the new de facto U.S. embassy in self-ruled Taiwan.
Ministry spokesman Gen,上海419论坛Gaetano,g Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing.
MADRID ( ) – Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday cut a more-than six-year jail sentence for the King’s brother-in-law to five ,爱上海419Tatum,years and 10 months for charges including tax fraud and embezzlement after an appeal, the court said.
Inaki Urdangarin was found guilty and sentenced to six years and three months in February last year for using royal connections to overcharge regional governments through public contracts to stage sports and tourist events and with tax fraud.
Urdangarin lives wi,爱上海Samara,th Princess Cristina and their four children in Switzerland.
The original ruling by a provincial Mallorcan court came after a six-year investigation and amid a slew of corruption cases against politicians and public figures.
One such case ended in May with the jailing of dozens of high-ranking People’s Party (PP) politicians and a vote of no-confidence against the party’s leader and then-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rajoy lost the no-confidence motion and was ousted to be replaced by Socialist Pedro Sanchez.
Under Spanish law, Urdangarin can appeal t,上海贵族,上海419论坛Malcolm,宝贝论坛Quiana,he sentence in the Constitutional Court.
SEOUL ( ) – South,爱上海Odelyn, Korea’s pre,爱上海419Katherine,sidential office said on Tuesday ,上海419论坛Jade,that it needs to seek clarity on U.S. President Donald Trump’s intentions are after he said Washington will stop joint military exercises.
Trump ,上海千花网Ben,made the remarks after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
“At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump’s remarks,” a Blue House spokesman said.
SEOUL ( ) – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in vowed on Tuesday to write “new history” with North Korea, praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to hold a summit with the United States in,上海,爱上海419Rebecca,龙凤419Caitlin, ,上海419论坛Kaia,Singapore.
“Leaving dark days of war ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Belle,and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation,” Moon said in a statement released by his office.
“We will be there together with North Korea along the way.”
ANKARA ( ) – Iran has voiced support for a potential Turkish operation against Kurdish militants just over its border in northern Iraq, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.
The Turkish military has ramped up air strikes in northern Iraq targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in Qandil, close to the Iraq-Iran border, where high-ranking members of the militant group are thought to be located.
The government has also said Turkish troops have deployed roughly 30 km (nearly 20 miles) inside northern Iraq, not far from Qandil.
“Our offer to Iran was to carry out the operation together. Iran, in its remarks at least, has voiced very important support,” Canikli told a roundtable interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.
There was no immediate confirmation of his assertion from Tehran.
Canikli said Turkey was also in full agreement with Baghdad on a potential operation into Qandil, adding that Ankara was in talks with “all possible countries” on the matter.
Iraq, however, said it would not accept any Turkish operation against Qandil or other PKK strongholds.
“The Iraqi government will not accept any advance on its land by Turkish forces in pursuit of,上海龙凤419Karina, the PKK elements currently present in the Sinjar, Makhmour ,爱上海419India,and Qandil mountains,” Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Iraqi News Agency.
He added that the Iraqi government would “absolutely not allow” any aggression from inside its land agains,上海419论坛Cara,t Turkey or other states.
Canikli however said there were “serious attacks and infiltration” into Turkey from Qandil, and that Turkey would remain in northern Ir,上海贵族宝贝论坛James,aq until all terrorists groups were removed.
“Our goal now is to be a lasting presence there until terror is completely removed, we will remain in northern Iraq,” he said.
With a large Kurdish population of its own, concentrated in the southeast, Ankara has long resisted Kurdish ambitions for independence in Iraq, Syria or Iran, fearing it could inflame separatism inside Turkey.
An offensive against the PKK in Qandil would mark Turkey’s third cross-border operation since 2016, with the first two targeting Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria.
Last week, Turkey and the United States also endorsed a roadmap for the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to the PKK, from the northern Syrian city of Manbij.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters that Turkish and U.S. officials would meet in Germany this week to discuss the details of the roadmap, namely joint patrols inside Manbij to secure the region.
Canikli also said officials would discuss the Manbij roadmap during talks in Germany this week.
LONDON ( ) – A man accused of being a member of a white supremacist group campaigning to start a race war in Britain pleaded,上海419论坛Ned, guilty on Tuesday to p,上海贵族宝贝论坛Candace,lotting to kill an elected Member of Parliament (MP).
Jack Renshaw, 23, admitted buying a machete described by its manufacturer as “19 inches of unprecedented piercing and slashing power at a bargain price”, for the purpose of killing opposition Labour MP Rosie Cooper.
Renshaw also pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill a female police of,上海419论坛Mae,ficer.
He was one of six alleged members of the far-right extremist group National Action appearing at London’s Old Bailey court.
All six deny membership of National Action, which was banned in 2016 following the murder of Jo Cox, another female Labour MP, in a frenzied street attack by a Nazi-obsessed loner.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson told the jury that Renshaw had targeted Cooper, who represents the West Lancashire constituency in northwestern England, because he regarded her as supporting immigration – also the reason given for the murder of Cox.
Atkinson said Renshaw was undeniably planning violent actions “which involved politically and racially motivated murder”.
One of the other defendants, Christopher Lythgoe, 32, stands accused of giving Renshaw his blessing, on behalf of National Action, to carry out the planned murder of Cooper. Lythgoe has denied the charge.
Atkinson said Renshaw had informed alleged fellow members of National Action during a meeting in a pub in July 2017 that he planned to murder Cooper and had already bought a machete.
While Renshaw planned to carry out the murder on behalf of National Action, he was also motivated by a desire to seek revenge against a police officer, Victoria Henderson, who had previously been involved in arresting him on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred and separately on child sex offences.
“Renshaw explained that after killing Rosie Cooper he would take some people hostage and then demand … that DC Henderson should come to the scene,” Atkinson said.
“His plan then would be to kill that officer who, he said, was his real target.”
Lythgoe was in effect the leader of National Action and gave his approval to Renshaw’s plan, the court heard. The defendants, it was alleged, were part of the northwest branch of National Action and attended a gym to help them train for race war.
“The primary purpose of National Action remained the desire to start a race war and to free white Britain from Jewish control and the proliferation of ethnic minorities,” Atkinson said.
But the defendants were not being prosecuted for their beliefs, he added.
“They are being prosecuted for their participation in ,上海千花网Gabe,a banned organisation that sought through fear, intimidation and the threat of violence rather than through free speech and democracy to shape society in accordance with those racist and neo-Nazi beliefs,” he said.
ATHENS ( ) – Greece has agreed to recognize Macedonia under,上海龙凤419Hayes, the name ‘Republic of North Macedonia or “Severna Macedonja”, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.
Athens and Skopje have reached a deal,上海419论坛Eleanor, to settle ,爱上海Damian,a long running dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic’s name, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said earlier on Tu,上海419论坛Sage,esday.
GENEVA ( ) – The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Wednesday for all sides in Yemen’s war to protect civilians after the Saudi-led coalition launched an air and ground assault on the vital Red Sea port city of H,上海419论坛Keane,ode,上海千花网Parkes,idah.
“Under international humanitarian law, parties to the conflict have to do everything possible to protect civilians a,上海贵族宝贝论坛Laura,nd ensure they have access to the assistance they need to survive,” Lise Grande, U.N. ,爱上海Ireland,humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, told by email.
In Geneva, ICRC spokeswoman Marie-Claire Feghali said that the assault was “likely to exacerbate an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen”, where water and electricity networks are vital to the civilian population’s survival.
( ) – The Michigan state Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to expand Medicaid, the health program for the poor, under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder broke with other Republican governors this year to support Medi,爱上海Caroline,caid expansion through Obamacare, and the Senate is expected to approve a version of a bill passed by the state House in June.
Republicans hold a 26-12 majority in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville believes he has the support to approve the measure in a vote on Tuesday or Wednesday, his spokeswoman Amber McCann said.
Fewer than half of Senate Republicans are expected to vote for the bill, but Senate Democrats have pledged their support. If there is a 19-19 tie, Republican Lieutenant Governor,上海贵族宝贝论坛Satch, Brian Calley is expected to break a tie in favor of the expansion.
Because it differs from the version approved by the House in June, the Senate bill, if approved, would return to the House for a final vote before it could go to the governor to be signed into law.
The measure would infuse the state budget with billions of dollars in federal funding to pay for it.
An additional 325,000 people would be covered in fiscal 2013-14 with $1.7 billion of federal funding, increasing to more than 400,000 people the following fiscal year, according to a Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency analysis.
The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid coverage to otherwise ineligible individuals and families who earn up to 133 percent ,上海419论坛Ferdinand,of the federal poverty line, about $15,500 for a single adult and $26,500 for a family of three in 2014.
Snyder has said the program would save taxpayers and businesses money while improving the quality of life for people not currently covered.
Medicaid expansion is one of the healthcare law’s biggest provisions. But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year allows states to opt out. As of August 1, 23 states and Washington had acc,上海千花网Gavin,epted the expansion, while 21 states had turned it down, according to the consulting group Avalere Health.
MANILA ( ) – A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South China Sea.
Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s business-focused rapprochement with China, sa,上海419论坛Carly,id the government should seek arbitration and c,爱上海Rainey,ompensation from China.
It was not clear what prompted Carpio’s call but broadcaster GMA News reported on Monday that Chinese fishermen had harvested giant clams and destroyed coral reefs in Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop, 200 km (124 miles) from the Philippines, claimed by both China and the Philippines.
“The Philippines should demand damages from China for the destruction of the coral reefs by Chinese fishermen in harvesting the giant clams”, Carpio said in a statement dated Tuesday.
The Philippine national security adviser confirmed the report about the Chinese activity on the resource-rich shoal which China seized in 2012. It then blocked Philippine fishermen from approaching the area.
Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, said the government would rather discuss the coral destruction with China than file a case as that would only “reverse our diplomatic gains”.
Relations between China and the Philippines have improved markedly under Duterte, while his ties with the United States have been strained, after he objected to U.S. concerns about rights violations in the course of his campaign against drugs.
China allowed Philippine fishermen back onto the shoal in late 2016.
China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond ,上海419论坛Raferty,to a request for comment on Carpio’s call.
In 2016, the Perman,上海千花网Jada,ent Court of Arbitration in the Hague rejected China’s extensive claims in the South China and ruled that Scarborough Shoal was a traditional fishing ground of Filipino, Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen.
China refused to recognize the ruling.
GENEVA ( ) – Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet in Geneva on June 1,上海千花网Malika,8-19 for consultations with the United Nations about setting up a constitutional committee for Syria, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Wednesday.
He will invite other countries for relevant discussions in due course, the statement ,爱上海419Radcliff,said. De Mistura is tasked with picking membership of ,上海419论坛Raven,the committe,上海龙凤419Felicity,e, which is expected to rewrite the Syrian constitution, paving the way for new elections as part of a post-war political reform.
WASHINGTON ( ) – The White House believes Congress will vote in favor of a U.S. military strike against Syria because of the threat that chemical weapons pose to the security of Israel and other allies in the region, senior administration officials told r,上海千花网Nicolette,eporters on Saturday.
President B,上海419论坛Fern,arack Obama decided late on Friday he wanted to seek the approval of Congress – a step that is not legally required, and an option his advisors had not been advocating – because he believes the debate and vote will unite a war-weary country behind the action, said the officials, who spoke on condition o,上海贵族宝贝论坛Gemma,f ano,上海龙凤419Iris,nymity.
ROME ( ) – Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte may push back a planned meeting on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris,上海龙凤419Ramona, amid a diplomatic spat over immigration policy, an Italian,爱上海Harper, government source said on We,上海419论坛Keane,dnesday.
Conte is “tending toward pushing back the ,上海千花网Leanne,trip to Paris,” the source said. “At the moment the conditions (for the meeting) don’t exist,” he added.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday said he wanted an apology from Macron for saying on Tuesday that Rome had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” by closing its ports to a migrant ship.
HARARE ( ) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa registered on Thursday for Zimbabwe’s first national elections of the post-Mugabe era, with his main rival Nelson Chamisa hoping to rally younger voters against the generation that won independence.
Western governments and investors will be closely watching the July 30 presidential and parliamentary ballots, for which monitors got clearance to deploy for the first time since 2002.
Mnangagwa and Chamisa, who also signed up on Thursday, are both campaigning on a pledge to revive an economy crippled by a legacy of often violent seizures of land from white commercial farmers and a black economic empowerment drive that targeted foreign-owned businesses. ,上海419论坛Faris,
Those ,爱上海419Macauly,policies were cornerstones of Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade rule, which ended in November after a de facto military coup that transferred power to 75-year-old Mnangagwa, his loyal acolyte for nearly 50 years.
The ruling ZANU-PF says Zimbabwe is at a critical stage of transition requiring an experienced politician like Mnangagwa.
Chamisa, the 40-year-old leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), says the president is equally to blame for the country’s economic troubles, since he served in each of Mugabe’s governments since independence in 1980.
Both arguments appear to have struck chords amon,上海419论坛Peggy,g the 5.4 million-strong electorate, 60 percent of whom are under 40.
While Zimbabwe lacks a reliable polling system, an unofficial survey released last week in its second city Bulawayo by the Mass Public Opinion Institute put Mnangagwa on 42 percent and Chamisa on 31 percent, while 25 percent declined to disclose a preference.
Crucially, Mnangagwa enjoys the backing of the army, which analysts say remains averse to any leader who lacks a pedigree from the liberation war against white rule.
Chamisa faces the additional hurdle of a divided opposition vote.
Joice Mujuru, a Mugabe deputy for 10 years before she was ousted from the ruling party in 2014, and Thokozani Khupe, who leads a splinter MDC faction after falling out with Chamisa, also entered the presidential race.
Another four lesser-known candidates also registered.
“We have opened up the democratic space and everyone is excited, they feel they can enter the race and contest, which is good,” said Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambai, after filing Mnangagwa’s papers at the High Court.
Attempts by Chamisa to have Mujuru and Khupe join the MDC and its alliance of smaller parties have so far failed.
“It is unfortunate that we are in a situation where other parties have not seen the light to say that it is important for opposition forces to unite and rally behind,上海龙凤419Edith, one candidate,” said Jameson Timba, who presented Chamisa’s nomination papers.
If no single presidential candidate wins an absolute majority next month, a run-off is scheduled for September.
BEIJING ( ) – China P,上海419论坛Katie,resident Xi Jinping told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday that Washington and Beijing should make the most of bilateral mechanism,爱上海Faust,s, amid escalating trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.
Pompeo told Xi during their ,上海千花网Santino,meeting that U.S. President Donald Trump truly values his relationship wit,上海419论坛Rainey,h Xi.
WASHINGTON ( ) – The Obama administration is not considering the possibility of losing a congressional v,上海龙凤419Fantasia,ote authorizing military strikes against Syria because that is “too dire,” U.S,上海贵族宝贝论坛Katelyn,. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
“We are not contemplating n,爱上海419Jack,ot (winning passage) becau,上海419论坛Idris,se it’s too dire,” Kerry told lawmakers when asked what President Barack Obama would do if he failed to win authority from Congress to conduct strikes against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
BEIJING ( ) – The former chairman of China’s insurance regulator Xiang Junbo confessed his guilt to crimes in,上海419论坛Nia, his tri,爱上海419Jameson,al in court, the official Xinh,爱上海Tatiana,ua News Agency reported on Thursday.
Xiang is the highest-ranking financial regulator being investigated for graft to date.
He was expelled from the Communist Party last year after China’s anti-graft watchdog said he had “committed serious violations of political discipline ,上海龙凤419Leonard,and rules” in order to serve personal political interests.
MOSCOW ( ) – Russian police briefly detained veteran British campaigner Peter Tatchell in Moscow on Thursday after he attempted to hold a one-man protest near the Kremlin in support of gay rights on the first day of the World Cup.
At the opening ceremony on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and stressed sport’s ability to build bridges and overcome differences.
Tatchell’s protest, held three hours before the ceremony, involved the activist unfurling a small banner near the Kremlin’s walls calling attention to what his foundation described as Russia’s mistreatment of LGBT+ people.
“President Putin has failed to condemn and act against the homophobic witch-hunts in Chechnya, which have seen scores of LGBT+ people arrested and tortured, with some even being killed,” Tatchell said in a statement. He said he had been detained in Russia twice before.
Two men from Chechnya, a deeply conservative Muslim region of Russia, told last year they had been detained by police and subjected to torture because they were gay.
A Russian newspaper said several detainees had been killed. Chechen authorities said all such allegations were false.
Russian police quickly shut the protest,上海419论坛Rainey, down, with one officer telling Tatchell to stop what he was doing.
“During the World Cup it is forbidden to hold any action like this against Putin, against all these things,” the policeman said. Tatchell told the policeman he wanted to meet Putin to discuss gay rights in Russia.
The activist said he spent an hour and 40 minutes in police custody before being released.
“Senior officers were stern but the apprehending officer very helpful, friendly and polite,” the campaigner said, adding he was receiving support from the British embassy.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson later wrote on Twitter: “Pleased to hear @PeterTatchell is well, and my thanks to our consular staff in Moscow at @ukinrussia for providing speedy support to him.”
Tatchell said he was,上海千花网Dahlia, required to appear in court on June 26, accused of breaking a federal law on the holding of public meetings and demonstrations, as well as a presidential decree that prohibits protests during the World Cup.
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Tunde Aderibigbe, head of protocol for Nigeria’s football federation, said he believed the Russian government had done its best to deal with the issue of racism.
“We have been meeting a lot of (fans) and they are very cheerful. There hasn’t been any cause to think there is going to be something like that,” he said.