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By Sale lawal

◇ Earlier in the week in the United States, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump is immune from prosecution for the action he took while he was president.

◇ In Astana, Kazakhstan the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) converged for the Organization’s 24th summit on July 3-4. Sixteen world leaders were present at the event with President Xi Jinping of China, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, the host President Kassym Tokayev among others in attendance.

◇ In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer emerged Prime Minister following the victory of his party at the polls that took place during the week. Labour Party secured more than 400 parliament’s seats to become victorious against the incumbent Conservatives led by Rishi Sunak.

◇ Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow as part of his ‘peace mission’ tour that also took him to Kiev earlier to meet with the Ukrainian leader.

◇ In Kenya, following weeks of demonstration by the youth against the tax bill sent to the assembly, President Ruto after withdrawal of the bill, has also announced plans to reduce the cost of governance in the country.

◇ At the weekend, the coup hit nations of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have announced the formation of “Allince of Sahel States” at their inaugural meeting which took place in Niamey, Niger Republic. At the meeting, the trio also vowed not to return to ECOWAS regional block.

◇ In Abuja, Nigeria, President Tinubu, who is also the chairman of ECOWAS, hosted other Heads of State of member countries for the 65th ordinary Summit.

◇ In France, despite predictions of an outright majority, the Far-Right National Rally party led by Marie Le Pen has suffered a setback at the second round of snap parliamentary elections, finishing third due to centrist and leftist alliance. The Leftist New Popular Front (NFP) emerged first with the highest number of seats in the parliament while President Macron’s Renaissance Party secured second position to stop the National Rally party from forming government.

— Compiled by Lawal Sale (Global Affairs Analyst) in Abuja, Nigeria.


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