Leaders around the world sent well-wishes to U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after they tested positive for COVID-19, the new disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
“Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.
“My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus,” added British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who went through a harrowing ordeal with the disease earlier this year.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, said he and his wife were thinking of the Trumps and “wish our friends a full and speedy recovery.”
Netanyahu was among those who attended an outdoor White House signing ceremony on Sept. 15. Israel signed peace accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Officials from the countries said the deals were assisted greatly by Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement that hes pulling for a quick recovery for Trump and his wife.
“I am certain that your inherent life energy, high spirits and optimism will help you to overcome the dangerous virus,” Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday.
A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she sends her best wishes to the Trumps.
“I hope that they recover well from their coronavirus infection and are soon completely healthy again,” the spokeswoman quoted Merkel as saying, Reuters reported.
Taiwans Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that officials were sending their best wishes to the Trumps “for a speedy recovery & return to full health,” adding: “The government & people of Taiwan stand with the U.S. at this testing time.”
Vice President Mike Pence said he and his wife were sending their “love and prayers” to the president and first lady.
“We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania,” he wrote on Twitter.
It wasnt clear whether Pence would be or has been tested for COVID-19 following the Trumps diagnosis, or the confirmed case of White House aide Hope Hicks. The White House didnt respond to an inquiry.
While there were fears that Trump, 74, is in a high-risk group for COVID-19, former White House physician Ronny Jackson, now a Republican candidate for a congressional seat, said early Friday that both Trumps are not showing symptoms.
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Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in Niger
Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.
The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.
“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”
It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.
Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.
The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.
Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.
On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.
Niger votes in presidential and legislative elections
People in Niger began voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.
The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.
He’s focussing on security and education.
Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.
“We pray to Allah to choose us the president who has the most mercy for the people, a president who will not betray the country and who will not betray the trust of the people, that is our wish. It is also our wish that Allah may help to make the poor, the peasants, the (cattle) breeders happy.
Thirty candidates are standing including two former presidents and two former prime ministers, but according to seasoned observers in the region, the poll is arousing little enthusiasm among the population.
Niger is the world’s poorest according to the UN’s Human Development Index and also one of those hardest hit by climate change.
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