The Guardian • Issue #2087

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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RUSSIA: Central Election Commission has announced the four candidates who will be contesting the position of the President of Russia in the March presidential elections. The candidates represent different political parties. Vladislav Davankov is from the ‘New People’ party. Presently he is Deputy Speaker in the State Duma, representing the New People. Mr Slutsky is a Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) candidate, first elected to the Stage Duma in 2003. In May 2022 he replaced Vladimir Zhirinovsky as head of the LDPR, becoming the new chairman of the party. Vladimir Putin is self-nominated, he is currently serving his fourth presidential term. Nikolai Kharitonov is from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), he is a State Duma deputy. He will be contesting the position for a second time. His candidacy was proposed by Gannady Zyuganov. Mr Kharitonov was a member of the Agrarian Party of Russia in the 1990s and joined the CPRF in 2007. He heads the parliamentary commission for the development of the Far East and the Arctic. Four presidential candidates were denied registration due to irregularities in signature collection. They were: Sergei Malinkovich, the leader of the Communists of Russia party; Boris Nadezhdin, the Civil Initiative Party; blogger Rda Russich and environmental activist Anatoly Batashev.

FINLAND: Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb from the National Coalition Party, has won the run-off presidential election in Finland with 51.5 per cent of the votes. His rival, former Foreign Minister Pekka Haaristo had 48.4 per cent of the votes. Voter turnout was 67.6per cent. Stubb said “We must remember that one of the president’s main tasks is to ensure Finland promotes peace, and I will do that as president,”

UAE: World leaders and heads of state gathered in Dubai for the three-day 2024 World Government Summit (WGS24). During the opening session the WGS chairman said the Summit aimed to focus on opportunities on the vast space for progress and development across the planet. He pointed out that $17 trillion is the cost of disputes, conflicts and violence across the world in just one year. “This is not invested in construction, education and health, but in wars, sabotage and destruction,” he said. “This is fuelled by media chaos, fear of the future and expecting the worst. But on the other hand, about six percent of this number could cover the cost of the most important challenges facing humanity in one year.”

USA: Florida Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R) has introduced a bill that would mandate members of Congress sign up for active military service if they push for more aid to Ukraine. Called the Senators Can Help Underpin Military Engagement and Readiness, or Schumer Act, Luna said she introduced the bill in response to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) ultimatum that if Russia is allowed to take Ukraine, American troops may be used to fight Russia in Eastern Europe.

UK: A parliamentary report has criticised government plans to mimic Australia’s failed ‘Cambodian solution’ by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda. A supreme court had found that Rwanda was not a safe country to forcibly remove asylum seekers to. The UK government has countered with legislation stating that it is safe.

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