Connect with us

National News

French voters take to the polls today to vote for a new president

Published

on

French voters went to the polls for the second round of the country’s presidential election on Sunday, faced with a stark choice between pro-EU liberal Emmanuel Macron and eurosceptic far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and were due to close at 8 p.m. in major cities and 7 p.m. elsewhere.

Voters in some French overseas territories in the Americas and the Pacific already cast their ballots on Saturday.

The final pre-election opinion polls gave Mr. Macron a clear 23-26-point lead over Ms. Le Pen.

The former economy minister, 39, got a boost in the last days of the campaign from his assured performance in an insult-laden televised debate on Wednesday, with Ms. Le Pen appearing shaky on her facts.

It was unclear whether Friday’s “massive and coordinated” hacking attack on Mr. Macron’s campaign, in which emails and documents were leaked online, would affect the vote’s outcome.

Mr. Macron’s team said the documents had been obtained several weeks ago when the emails of officials of his En Marche! (Forward) party were hacked, and that they had been leaked in an attempt to damage his campaign.

They had been mixed up with fake documents in order “to sow doubt and disinformation,” the campaign said, adding that it was an attempt “to destabilize the French presidential election,” similar to the hacking that occurred on Democratic Party organizations in the U.S. last year.

Mr. Macron, a strong pro-European, has called for liberalizing economic reforms accompanied by investment in training, and hopes to build a new centrist political majority.

Ms. Le Pen, 48, has promised to replace the euro with parallel national and European currencies, restructure the EU as an alliance of sovereign nations or pull out altogether, protect workers’ rights and halt immigration.

Soon after the last stations close, local media are expected to publish projections of the final result based on partial voting figures released by the Interior Ministry.

The winning candidate will formally take over from outgoing President Francois Hollande on or before May 14.

Some 45.7 million people are registered to vote in France, with another 1.3 million French citizens living abroad eligible to vote in French embassies, according to the Interior Ministry.

Source: (dpa/NAN)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

National News

Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am

Published

on

Lagos Govt Relaxes Curfew From 10pm To 6am
BREAKING: Curfew Now 10pm To 6am In Lagos -Govt

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.

Lagos State information commissioner Gbenga Omotosho announced the new decision on Friday.

He said the curfew will now be from 10:00 pm till 6:00 am.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu praises Lagosians for observing the curfew, which is expected to restore normalcy in our communities,” Omotosho said.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed after the breakdown of law and order, following the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.

“The curfew will now be from 10 pm till 6 am.

Continue Reading

National News

Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

Published

on

Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

Governor Nyesom Wike makes U-turn, joins #EndSARS protesters in Rivers state (video)

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike of ordering police and soldiers to kill members of the group.

Recall that Wike had signed an executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State.

Also Read: Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

Reacting in a tweet on Friday, Kanu accused the Governor of sponsoring state security to execute IPOB members.

“Nyesom Wike, the little Hitler of Rivers State had a closed-door meeting with lawyers where he instructed them that any arrested IPOB member should not be brought to court but rather should be executed by the army & police.”

He wrote:

Continue Reading

National News

Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

Published

on

Nigerians Reacts As FG Considers Giving Electricity To Chad
Buhari Approves Emaimo’s Re-Appointment

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Dr. John Emaimo, as Rector, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu State.

The appointment was made known in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora on behalf of President Buhari.

Dr. Emaimo’s re-appointment takes effect from Nov. 27, 2020.

Also Read: Nigeria’s Economy Too Fragile For Fresh Lockdown —Buhari

Speaking on the re-appointment, Mamora stated that Emaimo was found eligible for a second term based on his assessment.

The minister urged Emaimo to continue to work with his team because whatever achievements he had made in his first term could not have been done alone.

He reminded him of the enormous responsibilities of his office and the expectations of the government and people towards efficient service delivery.

Continue Reading

Trending