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Boris Johnson and Kemi Badenoch eye PM’s job following Truss’ exit

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Former British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson may launch a political comeback to reclaim the post he left in July as Liz Truss who succeeded him resigned on Thursday.

Truss, in a statement from Downing Street, London, England said he had informed King Charles III of her resignation as the leader of the Conservative Party.

According to her, she could not deliver on the reason she was elected. “I recognise … given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party,” Truss said.

Meanwhile, according to a report from CNN, Johnson’s allies are pushing him forward as the experienced politician that can rescue the country’s economic mess.

One of Johnson’s cronies, Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “We need someone who can come in, we need somebody who can bring people together, somebody who actually has got that mandate.

“So a mandate from people in the last general election, a mandate from party members and somebody actually who can get this party going again, get us winning elections again.

“The only person that I think that ticks all those boxes is Boris Johnson.”

In a similar manner, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Kemi Badenoch who contested for the office alongside Truss was said to be eyeing the post again.

Sources close to the British-Nigerian politician, according to The Telegraph, are saying she may throw herself in the race again to replace Truss.

The source said: “Now that the PM has announced her resignation, the Party must unite around a new leader who restores trust in politics and delivers good government for the British people.

Kemi is in conversations with colleagues about how best to achieve this.”

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Tanzania cancels Independence Day celebration, to use $445k budget for school dormitories

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Tanzania’s President Samia Hassan has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebration.

The Independence Day celebration was scheduled to hold on Friday.

Hassan, the country’s first female president, directed that the event’s budget of $445,000 be used to build eight dormitories for children with special needs in primary schools around the country.

She said the unnecessary extravagance of the celebrations informed her decision to use the allocated budget to handle a more urgent project.

In a statement on Monday, George Simbachawene, the country’s minister of state, said the money had already been disbursed.

“The debates and conferences will be preceded by various schedules for regional and district leaders to carry out social activities in different areas including cleaning hospitals, schools, elderly homes and groups with special needs,” he added.

The funds will be channeled to the schools through the president’s office – regional administration and local government (PO-RALG).

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, former President John Magufuli diverted the Independence Day funds towards the building of a road in Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital.

In 2020, he did the same and directed that the budget be used to support medical facilities.

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Indonesia parliament approves ban on extra-marital sex

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Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday approved legislation that would outlaw sex outside marriage in a move critics said was a huge setback to rights in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

After the new criminal code was endorsed by all nine parties in a sweeping overhaul of the legal code, deputy house speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad banged the gavel to signal the text was approved and shouted “legal”.

A revision of Indonesia’s criminal code, which stretches back to the Dutch colonial era, has been debated for decades.

Rights groups had protested against the amendments, denouncing a crackdown on civil liberties and political freedoms, as well as a shift towards fundamentalism in Muslim-majority Indonesia, where secularism is enshrined in the constitution.

“We have tried our best to accommodate the important issues and different opinions which were debated,” Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Law and Human Rights, told parliament.

“However, it is time for us to make a historical decision on the penal code amendment and to leave the colonial criminal code we inherited behind.”

A provision in the text, which still needs to be signed by the president, states the new criminal code will be applicable in three years.

– 1 year in prison –

Some of the most controversial articles in the newly passed code criminalise extra-marital sex, as well as the cohabitation of unmarried couples.

According to the text seen by AFP, illegal cohabitation will have a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment, and sex outside of marriage will be punished with one year in prison.

There are also fears these rules could have a major impact on the LGBTQ community in Indonesia, where same-sex marriage is illegal.

The spokesperson of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s criminal code bill dissemination team, Albert Aries, defended the amendments before the vote and said the law would protect marriage institutions.

He said acts of extra-marital sex could only be reported by a spouse, parents or children, limiting the scope of the amendment.

The article on extra-marital sex has been criticised by Indonesian business organisations as detrimental to tourism, though authorities insisted foreigners travelling to Bali would not be affected.

At a business conference before the vote on Tuesday, US ambassador to Indonesia Sung Yong Kim said he was concerned about “morality clauses” in the criminal code that can have “negative” impact on businesses.

Before the vote, a shouting match erupted between a lawmaker from the Prosperous Justice Party or PKS and the deputy house speaker.

“Don’t be a dictator”, shouted Iskan Qolba Lubis, the lawmaker from the Islamist party, after he was prevented from speaking.

Bambang Wuryanto, head of the commission that oversaw deliberations on the text, acknowledged “this is a product by humans and hence it will never be perfect”.

But he invited critics to “file a judicial review to the constitutional court” instead of demonstrating.

Rights groups slammed the legislation as morality policing.

“We are going backward… repressive laws should have been abolished but the bill shows that the arguments of scholars abroad are true, that our democracy is indisputably in decline,” Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid told AFP.

About a hundred people protested against the bill Monday and unfurled a yellow banner that read “reject the passing of the criminal code revision”, with some dropping flower petals on the banner as is done for a funeral.

Another protest to reject the new law was scheduled to be held on Tuesday in front of the parliament building.

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UK-bound flight diverted over bomb threat

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A UK-bound flight coming to Poland, EasyJet flight has been diverted to the Czech Republic after a report of a ‘possible bomb’ on board.

The flight, marked EZY6276, from Krakow to Bristol, was an hour into its two-and-a-half-hour flight when it landed at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport at 10:50pm on Sunday, Daily Mail gathered.

Prague Airport tweeted, “There was reported a possible bomb on board an aircraft.

“All actions to ensure the safety of passengers and all air traffic are currently being carried out by Police of the Czech Republic.”

Czech police said “pyrotechnicians” had been sent to the scene in order to investigate the report.

It was thought passengers were taken off the plane while a search was carried out by police investigators.

Prague Airport officials later added that “no dangerous object was found on the plane after the pyrotechnic inspection.”

An EasyJet spokesman said, “[We] can confirm that flight EZY6267 from Krakow to Bristol yesterday evening diverted to Prague purely as a precautionary measure.

“The flight has been delayed overnight in Prague where customers have been provided with hotel accommodation and meals and will depart later today.

“We take any security threats made to easyJet seriously and work closely with the police and security agencies.

“The safety and security of passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and we would like to thank passengers for their understanding.”

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