South Korea’s new liberal President Moon Jae-in was sworn in on Wednesday and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China.
Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse security tensions on the Korean peninsula and negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease a row over a U.S. missile defense system being deployed in the South.
In a phone call congratulating Moon’s election, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed with the new South Korean leader to cooperate on North Korea’s nuclear issue and invited him to visit Washington, the South Korean presidential office said.
Trump reaffirmed the U.S.-South Korea alliance was strong and said North Korea’s nuclear issue was a difficult problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement.
In his first key appointments, Moon named two liberal veterans with ties to the “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with North Korea from the 2000s to the posts of prime minister and spy chief.
Moon, 64, also pledged to sever what he described as the collusive ties between business and government that have plagued many of South Korea’s family-run conglomerates, known as chaebol, and vowed to be incorruptible.
Brigitte Trogneux raised plenty of eyebrows in the lead-up to France’s presidential election – and she wasn’t even one of the candidates.
As newly elected President Emmanuel Macron takes office, all eyes are also on his wife, Ms Trogneux. The incoming First Lady, 64, is more than 20 years older than her 39-year-old husband, and used to be his French and drama teacher before leaving their shared hometown of Amiens and following him to Paris.
The notoriously private couple have recently stepped into the spotlight as the former finance minister left the socialist party in order to form his own movement En Marche! which is translated as Onwards or On the Move.
During the campaign, the former investment banker laughed off unsubstantiated reports he was having a secret affair with a male French journalist, saying it must be his body double given his wife supports him 100 per cent.
“If you’re told I lead a double life … it’s because my hologram has escaped,” he said.
The pair married in 2007, reportedly falling in love after meeting at a high school where she worked as his French and drama teacher.
Ms Trogneux is from a wealthy family of chocolatiers and has three children and six grandchildren. She told Paris Match magazine she was pursued by her husband from a young age.
“At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me, ‘Whatever you do, I will marry you!’” she said as the couple posed on holiday at a nudist beach in France.
Ms Macron has been credited with influencing her husband’s views on women in politics. A self-proclaimed “convert to feminism”, Mr Macron has vowed to defend equal pay and maternity leave. He has also vowed that half of the candidates running for his En Marche! party in the National Assembly elections in June will be women.
Emmanuel Macron’s wife will break with tradition and take on an official role as First Lady in France’s government.
Although Brigitte Macron will not be paid for her job in the incoming administration, the 64-year-old will have a formal position and head up an office with its own budget, in contrast with her predecessors.
“When you’re elected president of the Republic, you live with someone, you give your days and nights, you give your public life and your private life,” Mr Macron told French broadcaster TF1.
“So the person who lives with you must have a role and be recognised in that role.”
Her family was supportive throughout his campaign as well. Trogneux’s three children and seven grandchildren (who call Macron “daddy”) were pictured wearing shirts with his party’s slogan before Election Day.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sworn in Walter Onnoghen as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Osinbajo also conferred on the CJN the second highest honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
The ceremony took place at the council chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, the senate confirmed Onnoghen’s appointment as CJN.
Before the confirmation, he had been acting CJN since November 10, 2016, when his predecessor Mahmud Mohammed retired.
A controversy had brewed over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in sending his name to the senate for confirmation as CJN.
But the tension was doused when news that the president had asked the senate to confirm him filtered in.
Onnoghen’s tenure as acting CJN was due to end on February 10, but it was only two days before the time that the presidency communicated to the upper legislative chamber on his confirmation.
However, the senate could not consider the request then because it was on a three-week recess.
The National Judicial Council (NJC), which had nominated Onnoghen for the position, renominated him on February 9 – a day before the expiration of his three-month tenure.
Onnoghen hails from Cross River state.
A Yola High Court on Monday sentenced a former Governor of Adamawa state, Mr James Bala Ngilari, to five years in prison without the option of fine. He was found guilty of the corruption charge filed against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The case was filed in September 2016.
Delivering judgement, Justice Musa, said that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Ngilari violated the Public Procurement Act of the state by awarding contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles for his commissioners at the cost of N167 million without following due process.
He said Ngilari’s action amounted to executive lawlessness. Musa said that the five years was the least he could give Ngilari, whose lawyer, Mr Samuel Toni (SAN) pleaded for leniency “in view of his (Ngilari) invaluable contribution while he was the governor of the state during the trying moment of insurgency.”
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) is working in concert with the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to rig the 2019 General Elections.
The governor also was speaking on Saturday during a thank you visit to Etche Local Government Area for their support to the PDP during the Supplementary Elections.
Governor Wike said that no level of fraudulent postings by INEC to Rivers State will lead to a favourable ground for rigging elections.
The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library has been officially opened in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
About 45 serving and ex- presidents across the globe were present on Saturday to witness the grand opening of the complex which is the first of its kind in Africa.
The library houses over 42 million books, documents and archival materials including the former presidents primary school uniform, shoes, military uniform, his first car and other personal belongings.
The Obasanjo Library was launched in 2005 and its commissioning on Saturday, is part of the programs to celebrate the 80th birthday of the two-time democratically elected President of Nigeria.
Channels quotes the former Nigerian leader as saying “the library is a culmination of fulfilment of dreams and visions which began in 1988 when I came to realise how much vital material that should have been preserved from the civil war and from our period of military government, were allowed to waste carelessly”.