South Africa on Tuesday witnessed arguably the largest influx of world leaders and celebrities in a day as they all gathered at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay their last respects to the late anti-apartheid hero who died last Thursday at age 95.
91 serving leaders, including President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, and members of royal families, and 10 former heads of state were all present at the memorial for the former South African president.
All of the living former US presidents – except George H.W. Bush were also in attendance.
Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Anan was also there as well as the incumbent Ban Ki Moon.
FULL LIST OF VIPS AT MEMORIAL
– Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
– Angolan Vice President Manuel Vincent.
– Argentinian Acting President Amado Boudou.
– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
– Bahamas’ Prime Minister Perry Christie.
– Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid.
– Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo and King Philippe.
– Benin’s President Boni Yayi.pe- Botswana’s President Seretse Ian Khama.
– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and three of her predecessors, including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
– British Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Sir John Major and Gordon Brown.
– Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza.
– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and three of his predecessors.
– Chadian President Idriss Deby.
– Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.
– Comoros’ President Ikiliou Dhoinine.
– Congo’s President Joseph Kabila.
– Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.
– Cuban President Raul Castro.
– Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout.
– Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Prince Frederik.
– Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
– East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
– El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Jaime Miranda.
– Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
– Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
– European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
– European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
– Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
– French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.
– Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
– Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.
– German President Joachim Gauck.
– Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama.
– Guinean President Alpha Conde.
– Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar.
– Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
– Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi.
– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
– Irish President Michael Higgins.
– Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
– Ivory Coast’s President Allasane Ouattara.
– Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
– Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
– Jordanian Queen Rania and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.
– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
– Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
– Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
– Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
– Malawi’s President Joyce Banda.
– Malaysian Energy Minister Maximus Ongkili.
– Mauritius’ Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
– Mexican President Pena Nieto.
– Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid.
– Mozambique’s President Armando Emilio Guebuza.
– Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
– Nepalese Foreign Minister Madhav Prassad Ghimire.
– The Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and King Willem-Alexander.
– Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
– Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
– Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Crown Prince Haakon.
– Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain.
– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
– Philippines’ Vice President Jejomar Binay.
– Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and former President Lech Walesa.
– Portuguese President Cavaco Silva.
– Saudi-Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
– Senegalese President Macky Sall.
– Serbian President Tomislav Nicolic.
– Seychelles President James Michel.
– Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak.
– Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor.
– South Korean Prime Minister Hongwon Chung.pe- South Sudan’s President Salva Kir Mayardi.
– Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe.
– Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
– Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih.
– Suriname’s President Desire Delan Bouterse.
– Swaziland’s Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini.
– Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Princess Victoria.
– Swiss President Ulrich Maurer.
– Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.
– Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
– Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
– Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
– UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor Kofi Annan.
– US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as well as former presidents George W Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary.
– Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Almagro.
– Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
– Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
– Zambia’s President Michael Sata.
– Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.
President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.
However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.
The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.
Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.
Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.
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