Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won Malawi's rerun elections held on Tuesday to become the country's new president. The Malawi Election Commission declared him the victor on Saturday with a dominant 58.57% of the vote ahead of incumbent President Peter Mutharika. Mutharika, who has been in power since 2014, won 38% of the vote in last year's discredited elections in which Chakwera garnered 35%. Mutharika was even sworn into power, but evidence of electoral irregularities later led to the courts annulling the results . The scrapping of Mutharika's 2019 victory by the courts was historic as it made Malawi just the second sub-Saharan African country to have presidential poll results set aside, after Kenya in 2017 . Malawians queue for voting. This year's election has passed largely without major incident A rocky road to 2020 elections Both the Constitutional and Supreme Courts were harshly critical of how the Malawi Electoral Commission handled the … [Read more...] about Who is Malawi’s new leader Lazarus Chakwera?
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More than 40% of the over-80s have broken lockdown rules after getting vaccinated against coronavirus, new data suggests. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) asked more than 2,000 people over 80 in England about their attitudes toward COVID-19 . Some 43% said they had met up with someone outside their household, support or care bubble indoors after getting their first jab. And 41% admitted they did so less than three weeks after getting their first dose, "appearing to break lockdown regulations". Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Advertisement Public health officials advise that coronavirus vaccines only start to offer protection two to three weeks after they are administered. Government scientists have also warned people against breaking lockdown rules despite getting their vaccines, as they could still pass the virus to someone else and cause it to mutate in the other person. More from Covid-19 … [Read more...] about COVID-19: More than 40% of over-80s have broken lockdown rules since getting vaccinated, ONS says
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to "get on with the job" after answering eight hours' of questions over her government's handling of harassment claims against her predecessor Alex Salmond. A day after her lengthy evidence session before a Scottish parliament committee, Ms Sturgeon said she would now "rest on that". Mr Salmond, who was first minister from 2007 until 2014, was awarded a pay-out of more than £500,000 by the Court of Session after it ruled in January 2019 that the Scottish government had acted unlawfully. He was acquitted of 13 charges in March 2020 following a criminal trial. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Sturgeon 'sorry' to women and taxpayers As well as the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints investigation, a separate inquiry is under way to consider if Ms Sturgeon breached the ministerial code in any way. Advertisement Speaking at … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon vows to ‘get on with the job’ as she awaits Alex Salmond inquiry ruling
FILMING for the Geordie Shore ten year anniversary reunion has been cancelled – with the stars of the show left floundering. Earlier this week the cast were informed filming was on ice and that they would not be flying to Colombia when planned. Insiders said some of the show’s stars, including Sophie Kasaei, 31, and Charlotte Crosby, 30, feared it would no longer go ahead after bosses failed to give them new filming dates. But those working on the production insisted it was merely postponed. It comes after The Sun revealed the show was in chaos, with rows over filming, quarantine stipulations and phones. A source said: “This week everyone was told filming for the 10 year reunion was cancelled. “Some of the cast are worried it won’t go ahead but MTV bosses are determined it will go ahead.” “There have been issues around Colombia and the cast have been rowing with producers over quarantine stipulations and having to have their phones taken away. “The ten year … [Read more...] about Geordie Shore reunion in chaos after cast row over access their phones and quarantine rules
MERCEDES have released images of the car they hope will power Lewis Hamilton to a record eighth world title. Hamilton , who is currently tied on seven with Michael Schumacher, will be going all out in 2021 to move into a class of his own. The Brit already has the most wins (95), pole positions (98) and podium finishes (165) in F1 and can now go on to become the undisputed champ. He said: "The launch day of a new car is always a really exciting one. It's great to reveal to the world the result of everyone's hard work at the factories and to see some of my team-mates in person, which has been so rare during the past year. "I've been in touch with the engineers through the winter, keeping track of their preparations as I prepare myself for the season ahead. "The excitement has been building and building, so now I just can't wait to get out on track in the W12." The car - or to give it its full title the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance - is an evolution of last … [Read more...] about Mercedes release images of Lewis Hamilton’s new F1 2021 car which Brit helped engineers build to go for another title