Yoon Suk-yeol takes office as South Korea’s new president | Politics News

Conservative politician, who gained election with a wafer-thin majority, can be sworn in at a ceremony in Seoul.

Yoon Suk-yeol can be sworn in as South Korea’s new president on Tuesday, in a ceremony overshadowed by a slew of weapons checks by its nuclear-armed neighbour.

Yoon, a conservative, takes workplace at a time of accelerating pressure on the Korean peninsula, with North Korea conducting a document 15 weapons checks since January, two of them final week.

The previous prosecutor gained the election in March by the slimmest of margins, promising to “sternly deal” with the risk posed by Kim Jong Un’s regime, whereas leaving open the door to dialogue.

Predecessor Moon Jae-in pursued a coverage of engagement with the North holding a summit with Kim Jong Un in 2018 and brokering two summits between Kim after which US President Donald Trump earlier than relations broke down in 2019.

Not a lot is understood about Yoon’s inauguration speech.

Native experiences say the 61-year-old is writing the speech himself and that it’s going to concentrate on three key phrases: freedom, market and equity.

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Friends arrive forward of the inauguration of South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol on the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul [Anthony Wallace/AFP]

The inauguration, costing about 3.3 billion gained ($2.6m), will happen on the entrance garden of parliament with some 40,000 visitors.

Chinese language Vice President Wang Qishan, Japanese international minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, and Doug Emhoff, the husband of United States Vice President Kamala Harris, are additionally attending.

Yoon is taking workplace with among the lowest approval scores – about 41 %, in accordance with a latest Gallup ballot – of any democratically elected South Korean president.

A plan to relocate the presidential workplace from the decades-old Blue Home has soured the general public temper with many South Koreans viewing the pricey transfer as pointless.

US President Joe Biden designated Emhoff to steer an eight-member presidential delegation, the White Home stated in a press release final week.

Polls open in the Philippines as voters elect a new president | Elections News

High contenders in Monday’s vote are Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the Philippines’ late dictator, and the present Vice President Leni Robredo.

Naga Metropolis, Philippines – Thousands and thousands of Filipinos have begun voting to decide on a brand new president in an election that pits the son of the Philippines’ late dictator in opposition to a human rights lawyer.

Polls opened throughout the Southeast Asian nation at 6:00am on Monday (22:00GMT on Sunday), with  a document breaking 67 million individuals anticipated to solid their ballots.

Elections Commissioner George Garcia instructed reporters that he anticipated an enormous turnout.

“It’s a historic election, a really memorable one, just because we’d be electing, at the least in a pandemic state of affairs, a brand new president and that’s why we’re anticipating a excessive turnout of voters,” he stated earlier than the polls opened.

Voting will finish at 7pm (11:00 GMT), with polling hours prolonged due to the coronavirus pandemic and the necessity to keep away from queues and crowds.

Counting of ballots will start instantly and the winner could possibly be identified inside a number of hours because the candidate with essentially the most votes wins the election.

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator, casts his vote in the 2022 national elections at Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School, in Batac, Ilocos Norte,
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, proper, casts his vote within the 2022 nationwide elections at Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary Faculty, in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Might 9, 2022 [Eloisa Lopez/ Reuters]

There might be no second spherical.

Analysts have described Monday’s vote as essentially the most vital election in current Philippine historical past as the end result might lead to both democratic backsliding or liberal reforms.

The competition has formed right into a two-way race between Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and the present Vice President Leni Robredo. The pair had beforehand confronted off within the vice presidential race in 2016, with Marcos dropping to Robredo on the time.

However opinion surveys recommend Marcos will win the vote this time. He’s the son and namesake of his father who dominated the Philippines as a dictator till he was pressured from workplace and into exile in a well-liked rebellion in 1986.

Robredo, a lawyer who heads the opposition, has promised a extra clear authorities and to reinvigorate the nation’s democracy.

“This election is known as a good versus evil marketing campaign,” College of the Philippines Diliman political scientist Aries Arugay instructed Al Jazeera. “It’s fairly clear. [Marcos] represents dynasty, autocracy and impunity. Robredo stands for the other of that: integrity, accountability and democracy.”

Marcos’ operating mate within the election is the outgoing president’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio. She is main the race for the vice-presidency, an election that’s held individually.

In Naga Metropolis in Southern Luzon province, polling opened with a prayer.

“Vote counting machine, please be good to us,” an election official stated as she prayed earlier than beginning the machine that might be used to document and transmit the ballots.

Then, a bell rang to sign the opening of polls and the voters began coming in.

Outdoors the polling station, Maria Fe Cortes, 51, patiently waited in line for her flip.

“I’m voting for change. I hope the following president will assist the poor,” Cortes instructed Al Jazeera.

 

US speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Ukraine, meets President Zelenskyy | Russia-Ukraine war News

Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking American chief to go to Ukraine because the begin of the warfare.

US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a Congressional delegation to Kyiv to fulfill Ukraine’s president within the newest present of assist for the combat towards Russia by a senior Western politician.

Pelosi, second in line to the presidency after the vp, is the highest-ranking American chief to go to Ukraine because the begin of the warfare, and her go to marks a significant present of assist for the nation’s wrestle towards Moscow’s invasion.

“We consider that we’re visiting you to say thanks to your combat for freedom… Our dedication is to be there for you till the combat is finished,” Pelosi instructed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in keeping with a video from the Ukrainian presidency.

“Our delegation travelled to Kyiv to ship an unmistakable and resounding message to the complete world: America stands firmly with Ukraine. We’re right here till victory is received.”

She additionally condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “diabolic invasion”.

Moscow calls its actions a “particular army operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of anti-Russian nationalism fomented by the West. Ukraine and the West say Russia has launched an unprovoked warfare of aggression.

Zelenskyy took to Twitter to thank the US “for serving to shield the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state”.

“The US is main sturdy assist for Ukraine in its combat towards Russian aggression,” he mentioned. “We’ll win and we’ll win collectively.”

‘Freedom towards tyranny’

The Congressional delegation included Adam Schiff, Jim McGovern, and Barbara Lee, amongst others. The go to was not beforehand introduced.

The delegation continued its journey to southeast Poland and the capital, Warsaw, to fulfill President Andrzej Duda and different Polish officers.

Poland has acquired greater than three million refugees from Ukraine since Russia launched its warfare on February 24.

In a information convention in Poland, Pelosi mentioned she and others within the delegation applauded the braveness of the Ukrainian folks.

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Schiff mentioned the US legislators had a three-hour assembly with Zelenskyy and his administration, speaking about sanctions, weapons and help help. Schiff promised intelligence-sharing would proceed between Ukraine and the US.

“It is a wrestle of freedom towards tyranny,” Schiff mentioned. “And in that wrestle, Ukraine is on the entrance traces.”

McGovern mentioned Russia’s warfare had repercussions far past Ukraine, saying it was exacerbating a meals disaster that might be disastrous for poor folks throughout the globe.

“Putin’s brutal warfare is now not solely a warfare towards the folks of Ukraine. It’s additionally a warfare towards the world’s most susceptible. I don’t suppose that Putin cares if he starves the world,” McGovern mentioned.

Huge-ranging sanctions

US President Joe Biden final week proposed a $33bn package deal for arming and supporting Ukraine. He additionally outlined proposed new legal guidelines to permit utilizing luxurious belongings stripped from Russian oligarchs to compensate Ukraine for the destruction wreaked by the invading Russians.

Russia’s Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov urged the US and NATO to cease supplying Kyiv with arms if they’re “actually thinking about resolving the Ukraine disaster”.

Russia has additionally slammed the West for imposing wide-ranging sanctions largely slicing off Russia’s monetary sector from the worldwide economic system. Lots of of multinational companies have additionally exited Russia within the wake of the warfare in a blow to its economic system.

European nations have pledged to chop reliance on Russian gasoline to deprive Moscow of income.