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African, world leaders congratulate France President Emmanuel Macron on his re-election

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African and several leaders around the world have been sending congratulatory messages to France President Emmanuel Macron, after his re-election victory where he defeated his of opponent and far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, in runoff elections Sunday.

The African leaders including Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, Senegal’s Macky Sall, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, were the early birds to congratulate Macron on the election win.

While Sall who is the current African Union (AU) Chairman, on behalf of the Union, sent his best wishes to Macron’s on the win which made him the first French President to win a re-election since 2002.

On his part, Ethiopia’s Ahmed said he looked forward to working with Mr Macron to strengthen ties between the two countries, while Kagame hailed Macron’s leadership that “seeks to unite and not divide.”

Ondimba whose country is a former French colony, hailed Macron’s “brilliant re-election,” saying the two two countries “more than a shared past, as our two countries have a future to build,” he said in online comments.

Some world leaders were also not left out of the accolades on Macron’s victory with the likes of US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, embattled Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and a host of others congratulating Macron.

Here are some of their reactions:

Joe Biden: “France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change.”

Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “French voters have sent a strong vote of confidence in Europe today. I am happy that we will continue our good cooperation.”

Boris Johnson: “I congratulate France President Emmanuel Macron on his victory. France is one of our closest and most important allies,” Johnson wrote in a tweet, adding that he looked forward “to continuing to work together on the issues which matter most to our two countries and to the world”.

Volodymyr Zelensky: “I wish him further success for the sake of the (French) people. I appreciate his support and I am convinced that we are moving together towards new common victories,” he wrote on Twitter in both Ukrainian and French.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Macron’s victory was a “great expression of liberal democracy in action in uncertain times”.

“We wish you and France every success, in particular your leadership in Europe and as an important partner to Australia in the Indo-Pacific,” he tweeted.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “I am looking forward to continuing our work together on the issues that matter most to people in Canada and France, from defending democracy, to fighting climate change, to creating good jobs and economic growth for the middle class”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated his “friend” on being re-elected.

“I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership,” Modi wrote.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi described Macron’s victory as “great news for all of Europe”.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez: “The citizens have chosen a France committed to a free, strong and fair EU. Democracy wins. Europe wins. Congratulations Emmanuel Macron.”

Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said French voters had made a “strong choice”, opting for “certainty and Enlightenment values”.

Ireland Prime Minister Micheal Martin hailed Macron’s “principled and dynamic leadership” as “important not only for France, but for Europe”.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson also sent her “warmest congratulations”, adding,”Let’s continue our close cooperation – bilaterally and for a competitive, green and resilient European Union,” she tweeted.

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US Supreme Court abolishes abortion right after almost 50-year precedence

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The US Supreme Court on Friday reversed a nearly half century old constitutional right to abortion.

Justice Samuel Alito who wrote for the Majority argued that the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which had favoured abortion right “must be overruled” because they were “egregiously wrong,” the arguments “exceptionally weak” and so “damaging” that they amounted to “an abuse of judicial authority.”

The ruling comes after leaked draft of Roe vs Wade ruling which guaranteed abortion rights across the country has caused outrage last month.

The Roe vs Wade, ruling was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Although the supreme court declined comment at the time of the leak in May, the Friday ruling perhaps confirmed the fears of many.

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, in a series of tweets while reacting to the leak stressed that “an extremist Supreme Court is poised to overturn #RoeVWade and impose its far-right, unpopular views on the entire country. It’s time for the millions who support the Constitution and abortion rights to stand up and make their voices heard. We’re not going back—not ever

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has drawn reactions from top politicians in the US. One of such is veteran congressman and Democrat, Benie Sanders who tweeted that “overturning Roe v. Wade and denying women the right to control their own bodies is an outrage and in defiance of what the American people want. Democrats must now end the filibuster in the Senate, codify Roe v. Wade, and once again make abortion legal and safe.”

American singer, Taylor Swift, also reacted against the overturning of Roe v. Wade. “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.” The singer said on twitter.

Also reacting to the ruling is US former president, Barrack Obama, who said “today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”

Meanwhile, there have also been reactions in support of the abolishing of the nearly 50 years of precedent, notably Americans with ideological sentiment with Republicans.

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Elon Musk’s transgender child sever ties with father, seeks name change

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The 18-year-old transgender daughter of billionaire owner of electric car manufacturing company, Tesla, Elon Musk, has severed ties with her rich father and has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity.

The petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate reflecting her new gender identity was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica in April.

Christened Xavier Alexander Musk at birth, the billionaire’s child who recently turned 18 which is the age of consent in California, has asked the court to legal authority to change her gender recognition from male to female and to register her new name.

While filing the petition, Xavier said he took the decision because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”

Xavier’s name, according to media reports, was redacted in documents to reflect his mother’s name which is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008.

However, there was no further explanation of the rift between Musk’s daughter and her father, as lawyers for both parties refused to make further comments.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has been a vocal opponent of sex change and had spoken about the practice in the past.

In 2020, Musk weighed in on the issue of transgender people choosing their preferred pronouns in a tweet by saying, “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic (sic) nightmare.”

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