Saturday, June 30, 2012

Storms Kill 13 in Eastern US

A series of violent storms left thirteen dead and more than three million without power, in the mideast and eastern United States, on Saturday.

Most of the deaths were caused by falling trees, though some were heat related.

Six were killed in Virginia, two in New Jersey, two in Maryland, and one each in Kentucky, Ohio and Washington DC.

The states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio were joined by Washington DC in declaring themselves disaster areas.

It is expected to take several days to restore power to all those effected.

Mexican Elections Sunday

Nieto, Mota, Orbador
On Sunday Mexico will vote for it's new President, as well as many other positions in congress, the senate, governors, and local ones as well.

Former governor Enrique Pena Nieto is seen as the leading candidate, but it is still up for grabs.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Josefina Vazquez Mota are both seen as still having possibilities of winning.

Nieto formerly was the Governor of Mexico state, and belongs to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which held power for more than seventy years, until 2000.

Obrador is the former Mayor of Mexico City and belongs to Party of the Democratic Revolution, and almost won in 2006. His campaign has seen a recent surge of support from students.

Mota, a businesswoman and former education secretary, belongs to the National Action Party, which currently holds the presidency.

A lot of focus has gone into how each candidate pledges to end corruption, work on the nation's poverty, and deal with the war on drugs.

At least 55,000 people have been killed in drug related violence, since the last Presidential elections, in 2006.

Mexico faces a population with more than one third below the poverty line, this whilst only having a 4.5% unemployment rate.

Morsi Sworn in as Egypt's President

Mohmaed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's President on Saturday.

Morsi is the first freely elected President in Egyptian history.

He belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, a party which until recently had been banned in the country.

The new President has very little actual power, as the military still controls all decisions until a constitution can be written.

In his inaugural, President Morsi took a conciliatory tone with the military, upsetting some supporters, but he also encouraged the military to speed the process towards establishing the rest of the new government.

Previously Morsi had been one of the most vocal opponents of any military involvement.