Replace Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa Become New South African President

Cape Town
South Africa (South Africa) has a new president after Jacob Zuma resigned. Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected by South African lawmakers as the new president, today.

As reported by AFP Thursday (15/2/2018), Ramaphosa was elected without voting because he was the only candidate who was nominated. He was elected at a special session in South Africa's parliament in Cape Town, with Supreme Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng declaring the election of Ramaphosa.

The announcement was met with loud cheers from the African National Congress Party or ANC who now ruled in South Africa. Ramaphosa previously served as Vice President of South Africa under Zuma. After Zuma resigned, he served as Executive Officer of South African President.

Scheduled Ramaphosa will deliver the first speech in parliament after being elected President of South Africa.

Zuma, who leads South Africa since 2009, finally resigned on Wednesday after being forced by his party, the ANC. Zuma's government over the past 9 years has been colored by numerous corruption scandals, a slowdown in economic growth and the decline of ANC's popularity in the election.

Zuma initially refused to back down and denounced the ANC. But the ANC, which ruled South Africa since the abolition of the apartheid system, threatened to impeach Zuma through parliament if he does not comply with the request to step down. Zuma finally chose to resign.

But in an interview on Wednesday (14/2) local time, Zuma called himself receiving the 'very unfair' treatment of the ANC which had sheltered him since 1959 ago.

Zuma's power over the ANC came off since December 2017 when the elected leader of the ANC leader, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, lost to Ramaphosa in a vote. The ANC then held marathon talks between key party figures before deciding to ask Zuma to resign.

It is well known that Zuma's government faces many accusations of corruption, which he has always denied. In 2016, the South African court declared Zuma to be in violation of the Constitution for not replacing government money used for his private home. Then in 2017, the Supreme Court of South Africa called Zuma facing 18 counts of corruption, fraud and money laundering related arms purchases in 1999.

Later Zuma is linked to Indian businessmen who are accused of influencing Gupta's government. Both have denied it.

(nvc / dhn)

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President Trump Announces Infrastructure Plans

Improving America's aging infrastructure is one of President Donald Trump's main campaign promises. On Monday he announced a plan he said would spur the biggest and boldest investment in infrastructure in American history.

"This framework will result in unprecedented investment in infrastructure in America, 1.5 to 1.7 trillion dollars. We will have a great deal of cooperation on public-private projects and with the way projects will be completed on time and within budget. This will speed the approval process from 10 years to two years or maybe a year, "said Trump President.

Some analysts call Trump's blueprint unrealistic." If we ask any economic experts or if we ask anyone who has a background in mathematical knowledge, then the plan is purely a fantasy, "said Ryan Collins, an analyst at the Center for American Progress policy research institute.

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Ryan Collins says that Trump's infrastructure plan is particularly apprehensive especially since his tax reforms include drastic cuts on infrastructure projects and he says private investors will only invest in projects that have high levels of high return on investment

"So what we see is the increase in the number of nets n toll and rising costs of its users, all of which will be needed to pay off debts to investors who have spent so much money to close the gap in funds from state budgets that do not reach the required targets, "he said.

Ryan Collins said that privatization highways in some states have resulted in high toll rates so people can not afford them. If the states were forced to pay for infrastructure costs, the states would eventually raise taxes on their respective residents.

Democrats in Congress also rejected the proposal, which they said would enrich large companies at the expense of taxpayers. They advocate a public infrastructure budget of $ 1 trillion, which means that it will add to America's already large debt.

Trump's infrastructure plan is part of a $ 4.4 trillion budget proposal that is also expected to boost the US deficit. [lt/ab]

Former President of South Korea Park Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Choi Soon-sil, whose friendship with former South Korean President Park Geun-hye sparked a massive corruption scandal and caused Park's fall from power, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Choi was sentenced on Tuesday / 2) in court in Seoul on charges of abuse of power, bribery and interference in state affairs. The court also charged a fine of nearly 17 million dollars against Choi.

The 62-year-old woman is accused of not only affecting but also controlling Park, even though she has no official post in government, and has used private relationships with the former president to co- large corporations to donate more than $ 68 million, which he subsequently stamped and channeled to the two nonprofits that he controlled.

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The court also sentenced two-and-a-half years to Shin Dong-bin, the leader of the Lotte Group, one of South Korea's main conglomerates, on bribery charges. He was accused of donating more than $ 6 million to a foundation supported by Choi in exchange for government permission to open excise and other privileged treatments.

In a third related case, Ahn Jong-beom, former senior staffer of former president Park, was sentenced six years in prison for abuse of office. [uh]

Actor Robert De Niro Climate Policy Climate President Trump

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro criticized President Trump's government stance on climate change. In front of a crowded crowd, De Niro said he came from an "underdeveloped" country suffering from 'instant madness'.

He said in the country he described, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency last week said global warming might be a good thing for humanity.

At the Dubai World Government Summit on Sunday in Dubai, De Niro reaped applause and laughter when he said the Americans "will eventually heal themselves through a vote that causes him to lose his mandate to rule." [ka/jm]

Rare! Photos of South Korean President Appear in Korean Official Media

  Moon Jae -in appeared in North Korea's official media (North Korea) today, with four photographs on Rodong Sinmun , the official mouthpiece of the ruling North Korean party. This is a rare thing to happen.

As usual, the headlines on the front page of the newspaper are filled with the activities of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un – in this edition, Kim gets a gift from the Air Force commander Zimbabwe who visited.

But the front page of the newspaper also posted seven photos of the departure and arrival of the North Korean diplomatic delegation to the South Korean Olympic Games, led by the head of the ceremonial state Kim Yong Nam and sister Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong

Inside, the media displayed other photographs of their encounter with Moon and the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics – four photographs of which featured Moon who was named president.

As reported by news agency AFP Saturday (10/2/2018), it is very unusual for the North Korean media to post a photo of a South Korean leader. It is also rare for the North Korean media to name the South Korean leader as president – as long as this North Korean media calls him chief executive or another term.

The official North Korean news agency Korean Central News Agency ( KCNA ) this time also mentions Moon as president. Nam Yong Nam Yo Jong is the first names mentioned KCNA in his report on the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Moon just appeared in the fifth paragraph: "Also present Moon Jae In and South Korean political and social figures."

But the media did not mention who sat in the same area as Moon and as well Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong. "The audience cheered and applauded when North and South Korean athletes entered the arena together behind a unification flag," wrote Kronna . ] <! –