Toni-Ann Singh wins Miss World, APC lifts the suspension off of major politicians, Arsenal in talks with Man City over Arteta. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…
1. APC lifts the suspension of Akeredolu, Amosun, Okorocha, others
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has announced the lifting of the suspension of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state. The committee also lifted the suspension of former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and his Imo counterpart, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The NWC at its meeting also lifted the suspension of the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu; and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani.
2. Lebanon delays nomination of new PM amid protests, divisions
The nomination of Lebanon’s next prime minister has been postponed after major Christian parties said they would not support the candidacy of caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, presenting a new impasse after weeks of political wrangling.
Hariri resigned on October 29 amid widespread protests against Lebanon’s ruling elite but had seemed set to return on Monday after all other candidates failed to secure enough support from the country’s Sunni Muslim establishment.
Under Lebanon’s complex political system, where power is shared among religious groups, the prime minister must always be a Sunni, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim. Meanwhile, according to the modern-day interpretation of a key article in the Constitution, there must be parity in the representation of Christians and Muslims in Parliament and government.
This premise of sectarian power-sharing now poses the greatest obstacle to Hariri’s candidacy, as without the support of the major Christian parties in government, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and the Lebanese Forces, the government’s constitutional legitimacy could be called into question.
3. Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica wins Miss World 2019
Toni-Ann Singh has won the 69th Miss World beauty pageant. It’s the first time in history that black women hold the titles for Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World.
The 23-year-old student was born in St Thomas, Jamaica, and plans to study medicine and become a doctor. The runners up included Ophély Mézino from France and Suman Rao from India. One moment that caught people’s attention online was Miss Nigeria’s reaction to Toni-Ann Singh winning the Miss World title.
Watch the crowning moment and Miss Nigeria’s reaction
She also posted on social media with the caption
“My Jamaica, sweet Jamaica🇯🇲we did it! Wah we seh? LIKKLE BUT WE TALLAWAH. My heart is filled with love and gratitude. Thank you so much for believing in me. You pushed me to believe in myself. I am not only honoured but humbled to be the 69th Miss World…”
4. Zambia moves closer to legalising cannabis
Zambia’s cabinet has approved the cultivation, processing and export of cannabis for economic and medicinal purposes. Chief government spokeswoman Dora Siliya confirmed in a statement that the decision had been made at a special cabinet meeting on 4 December.
The next step will be for legislation to be drafted and presented to parliament for its approval. No date has been set for this yet.
5. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal in talks with Man City over coach
Arsenal is in talks with Manchester City over the availability of coach Mikel Arteta. It is not known whether Arteta, 37, has been offered the chance to succeed Unai Emery, who was sacked in November. But Gunner’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham is thought to have met the Spaniard in the north-west of England after both flew north following City’s 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
City boss Pep Guardiola says he would not stop Arteta if he decided to leave. Former midfielder Arteta, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, was linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.
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