The New York Times / Violent protests in Kyrgyzstan over results of election marred by vote buying
- Protesters clashed with the police in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, on Monday during a demonstration against the results of a parliamentary election, with dozens of people reported injured.
- Local reports said at least 590 others had been injured. One news outlet reported at least one fatality. Early results in the election gave the majority of votes to two parties with ties to the country’s ruling elites amid allegations of vote buying.
- Later, an opposition politician who proclaimed himself the acting Kyrgyz prosecutor general suggested that the election result would be annulled, according to local news media. Reports said that 12 parties had signed a document demanding that the authorities cancel the results of the election and hold a new one.
- The election-monitoring body of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said in a report on Monday that “fundamental rights and freedoms were overall respected” in this year’s election in Kyrgyzstan, but that “credible allegations of vote buying remain a serious concern.”
- Al-Jazeera / Kyrgyzstan protesters seize gov’t house, free ex-leader Atambayev
The Washington Post – Toluse Olorunnipa and Josh Dawsey / Trump returns to White House, downplaying virus that hospitalized him and turned West Wing into a ‘ghost town’
- President Trump returned to the White House from the hospital on Monday, saying that he had recovered from the novel coronavirus and that people should not be afraid of a disease that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.
- Trump’s comments a few hours before leaving the hospital, again downplaying the coronavirus, came despite evidence that White House decisions to flout public health guidelines and engage in practices viewed as reckless have had dire consequences in the West Wing.
- More than a dozen White House officials have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days, a steadily increasing total that grew again Monday to include press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
- How the return of an infected president to such a setting could be managed safely was one of several questions left unanswered Monday as Trump’s medical team briefed reporters about his condition.
- The New Yorker – Dhruv Khullar / The recklessness of Trump’s return to the White House
- With 784 cases per 100,000 people in the past fortnight, Madrid is currently the worst-hit region in Europe. This is part of a broader national failure. On July 5th Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, proclaimed that “we have defeated the virus and controlled the pandemic.”
- Yet the country is once again Europe’s coronavirus black spot. Health experts point the finger at a failure of government for which both Mr Sánchez’s left-wing minority coalition and the conservative opposition People’s Party (pp), which runs Madrid, carry the blame.
- After Europe’s strictest lockdown, Spain rushed its release. The pp joined Catalan and Basque nationalists in refusing to support the renewal of the state of emergency under which the government could restrict activity.
- Rebuffed, Mr Sánchez handed control of the pandemic to the regions and went on holiday. Several of the regions, especially Madrid, failed to strengthen primary health care and contact-tracing. The government failed to require them to do so, nor did it fix clear rules for handling outbreaks of the virus.
- Financial Times – Daniel Dombey and Andy Bounds / Spain seeks to tempt back lost nurses as it wrestles with virus
The Guardian – Jessica Elgot, Fiona Harvey and Jillian Ambrose / Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030
- Boris Johnson will promise to power every home in the UK with offshore wind energy within a decade, pledging to make the coronavirus pandemic a catalyst for green growth.
- In a speech to the virtual Conservative party conference on Tuesday, he will say that the government will invest in a clean energy future to create “hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs” in the next decade.
- The prime minister said the UK would “become the world leader in low-cost clean power generation – cheaper than coal and gas”, comparing the UK’s resources in offshore wind to Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth.
- The government has come under fire in recent months for failing to set out plans for a green recovery that would put the UK on track to meet its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Apart from £3bn for insulating homes, there were no green measures in the Covid-19 recovery plan.
- Bloomberg – Laura Millán Lombraña / Spain sets a $10.5 billion goal for green hydrogen
Today’s big read:
- Financial Times – Gideon Rachman / A new cold war: Trump, Xi and the escalating US-China confrontation