The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces his fifth candidacy. In spite of his health problems the 81-year-old politician will be the candidate for the April 18 election.
The announcement caused many interrogations around the world. Since 2013, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is very weakened because of on cerebrovascular accident, as a result of which he can’t walk. If he wins the election, the president will hold a press conference in a wheelchair.
For the time being, only Abderrazak Makri, the leader of the Algerian Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), the main Islamist party, and retired general Ali Ghediri, power slayer and hitherto unknown to the Algerian public, have announced their intention to run for the office on 18 April.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power for two decades. According to the press, his candidacy puts an end to a “false suspense”. After spending several months in Paris for health reasons, the man would already be the favourite of the vote.
Aurélien Nascimben, IEJ 2C Group 2
Today, 9th November, the he Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States with 276 Great elector’s votes.
Last night, in the United States, it was a very close vote between the Democrat Hillary Clinton and her competitor the Republican Donald Trump. The main swing states were won by the Republican such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa and Pennsyvania. The victory in the presidential race goes to the billionaire and businessman Donald Trump.
Flash Back on his controversial electoral platform. Donald Trump, the man who was critiziced by a lot of feminist associations and accused of rape seems to have a disturbing election manifesto.
Regarding his domestic policy point of view, he has planned to build a wall of 1.600 km between the United States and South America in order to prevent the illegal immigration. This construction might cost around 2 million dollars.
For the economy sector, he defends protectionism; he is planning to reduce taxes in order to make America great Again. He’s also against abortion and claims that he will cut off the Obamacare, the national health care that was implemented by the current President Barack Obama.
Regarding his foreign policy, he would like to defeat the Islamic State with the help of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Laura Afonso Almeida, 3F2
Both favorites for the presidential run have been outscored in Wisconsin, respectively by Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
On the Republican side, Ted Cruz gathers 48.3% of the votes whereas «only » 35.1% gave their voices to the rich businessman, Donald Trump. Thanks to this victory, Cruz slows Trump in his will to get an absolute majority of delegates before July. According to Cruz, things are going to be much different : « I’m more and more convinced that we will gather the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican investiture ».
On the other hand, Sanders also beats Clinton quite easily with 56.5% of the Wisconsin voters. Clinton, with 43.2%, is once again unfortunate facing a young population.
Despite these bad series of results for the two favorites, which could be seen as a momentum swing, they still remain untouchable for some time, even for their closest opponents.
Next stop will be in Wyoming, where we will see things even clearer between the possibility of an incredible comeback by one of the outsiders or a comfortable win for the presidential favorites. Answer tomorrow !
Shady MENARD, IEJ 1 bis.
Former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet won the first round of the general election that took place on Sunday, after campaigning on promises of major changes in education, health, social security and taxes. The candidate of the center-left got 47.5 percent of the vote, and was followed by Evelyn Matthei, an economist of the conservative Alliance political bloc that now governs the country.
But after failing to get more than 50% of the vote, Bachelet will have to face Matthei in a second round that will take place on the 15th of November this year.
Reacting to Sunday’s vote, Ms. Bachelet, 62, said : « people have voted for free and quality education, for an end to profit, for more integration and opportunities for our children. Chileans have voted for a tax reform to enable the needed reforms in public health, pensions, social policies, and for those who have more to contribute as they should ».
Her program is also based on a revision of the Constitution inherited from the 1980 Pinochet’s dictatorship. One of her main ambitions is notably the depenalisation of abortion, now prohibited even for therapeutical purposes.
Ms. Bachelet promised to implement all those reforms at most three months after her election, but is conscious it will be difficult to follow the schedule.
Martin BERNARD, IEJ3F1