Daily Archives: April 17, 2008
South Africa has joined international calls for Zimbabwe‘s electoral commission to release the results of last month’s presidential election.
A South African government spokesman said they should be published as soon as possible. South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki is mediating in Zimbabwe’s crisis but has been accused of failing to put pressure on Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. The opposition MDC says it won the election outright.
Government spokesman Themba Maseko said there was a fear that the situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate because the results of the presidential poll had not been released. “It is our view that all the participants should come together, sort out all the causes of the delay, and then release the results as a matter of urgency,” he said. When asked whether South Africa still adhered to a policy of “quiet diplomacy” in dealings with Zimbabwe, Mr. Maseko said that South Africa’s position had not “been coming out as clearly as it should.”
About time for South Africa and Mbeki to do something!
A £10,000 reward is being offered for the return of a valuable 17th Century violin which was left on a train.
Robert Napier, from Wiltshire, had just had the 1698 Venice-made Goffriller valued by a London dealer at £180,000. He got off a Paddington to Taunton train at Bedwyn on 29 January with the family heirloom still on board.
“It was just one of those terrible moments when I realised, as the train was steaming off, that I had left it on the train,” he said.
That is going to be an expensive …music trip!
US Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have held their final debate before next week’s key primary in Pennsylvania.
Senator Clinton criticized her rival’s recent remark that working-class voters clung to guns and religion in difficult times, calling it “offensive”. Senator Obama said the comments had been taken out of context. Both expressed confidence that either of them could beat Republican John McCain in November’s election.
But both declined to confirm whether they would ask the other to be their vice-presidential running mate. Asked whether Mr. Obama could win the presidential election, Mrs. Clinton said emphatically: “Yes, yes, yes.” Mr. Obama asked the same question about Mrs. Clinton’s electability, responded: “Absolutely and I’ve said so before.”
Both rivals criticized John McCain’s economic plans, pledging not to raise taxes on those earning less than $200,000 a year. The candidates’ 21st debate since the beginning of the campaign came days before 158 crucial delegates will be up for grabs in Pennsylvania.
The 90-minute debate in Philadelphia gave the candidates a chance to make their case to Pennsylvania’s Democratic voters. But if Barack Obama had hoped this debate would concentrate on policy, he was disappointed, says the BBC’s Jamie Coomarasamy in Philadelphia. The first 45 minutes focused on recent gaffes, our correspondent says.
Unfortunately people and the campaign of the Democratic Party have to live with their gaffs and this campaign looks everyday worst and tighter than the one with Gore!
South African President Thabo Mbeki has defended his record on Zimbabwe, while playing down the crisis at a UN debate.
His governing ANC party, however, said it was concerned about the deepening crisis brewing in its neighbor. Gordon Brown told the UN Security Council no one believed Robert Mugabe won last month’s presidential election in the country.
Meanwhile, the opposition in Zimbabwe said 50 supporters were arrested after a strike over delayed poll results. Mr. Mbeki had said there was “no crisis” in Zimbabwe after meeting Mr. Mugabe on Saturday. He defended those remarks in New York, saying dialogue was essential to bring about a resolution to the situation in Zimbabwe, where 18 days after presidential elections, electoral officials have yet to announce a result.
“The solution to the problem of Zimbabwe lies in the hands of the people of Zimbabwe,” he said. “In our engagement with the situation, we needed to talk continuously at all times with both the ruling party and the opposition.”
The truth Mr. Mbeki, Mr. UN General Secretary, African Union and the rest of you is that you failed and the people of Zimbabwe have to pay your failure, Mugabe the caricature African Hitler is still on power and there is no excuse for that!
Many Tibetans live in the country and they have announced plans to hold a parallel protest in Delhi. Some 15,000 police and commandos have locked down the heart of the city where the torch relay will be held.
The flame’s journey has so far seen chaotic scenes in London, Paris and San Francisco amid pro-Tibet protests.
Is it going to go through Tibet as well? It is close!