In a snap general election in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has on Friday won a resounding parliamentary majority that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis by taking Britain out of the European Union on January 31.
From the results from Thursday’s poll, the Conservatives had won 364 of the 650 seats up for grabs in the House of Commons as of 8:30am on Friday, with results in two seats still to be declared
Johnson told cheering supporters in the early hours of Friday morning “we will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.”
He said the election victory means the people have “given us this mandate of course because they want us to do one thing, which you all know, they want us to get Brexit done.”
“Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”
He thanked Labour voters, many of whom, he said, had backed the Conservatives for the first time, saying he would lead a “people’s government” and fulfil the “sacred trust” placed in him.
“You may intend to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me, and I will never take your support for granted.
President of the European Council Charles Michel has said that the EU was ready to negotiate a free-trade agreement with Britain, calling on London to work in good faith.
Belarus President Closes Western Borders, Puts Army On High Alert
Protesters in Belarus are still angry in their sixth week of mass protests demanding the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko.
The president has announced, in retaliation, he is putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. He also said the Belarusian border with Ukraine would be strengthened.
Lukashenko insists the six weeks of protests are driven by the west. He faces increasing criticism from the united states and the European Union.
Demonstrations began after the disputed august presidential election official results gave the authoritarian leader a sixth term in office–results opponents say were manipulated.
Bolivian Interim President Anez Withdraws From Election Race
Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Anez has withdrawn from next month’s presidential election, saying she’s withdrawing in the interest of the party.
Anez, a former conservative senator, took office during the power vacuum that followed former president Morales’s departure after allegations of irregularities in last year’s election. Those allegations fueled violent protests, and army pressure forced the country’s first indigenous president into exile in Mexico.
Anez says if she does not step down, Morales would possibly return to power.
She declined to name the candidate for whom she will vote.
Next month’s election is the delayed rerun of last year’s ballot. Anez’s candidacy had sparked controversy after she initially ruled herself out and pledged to guide the country to transparent new elections.
By pulling out of the race, analysts say Anez could increase chances that the election will be pushed to a second round by consolidating the anti-Arce vote.
To avoid a second round, the election winner requires at least 40 percent of valid votes in the first round and a 10-point advantage over the closest competitor.
First Case-Free Day For New Zealand In Five Weeks
New Zealand for the first time in more than five weeks has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus amid efforts to stamp out an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month ending a spell of 102 days free of community transmission.
The South Pacific nation with its population of five million has reported more than 1,800 cases of COVID-19 and 25 fatalities.
The report on Friday also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission. All recent cases have been found among quarantined travellers returning from abroad.
Following strict measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which were widely praised, New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades after the country’s GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit.
Auckland lockdown began on 12 August after four cases were detected in the city of 1.5 million.
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