The world news daily update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 7, 2014 includes coverage of Eduard Shevardnadze’s political life and death, the escape of Nigerian women from Boko Haram, an attack by the Uganda militia on the Uganda security forces, and the preliminary results of the Afghanistan presidential election.
More Than 60 Nigerian Women and Girls Escape From Boko Haram
Pogu Bitrus, a Chibok local government chairman, has verified the recent reports that more than 60 women and girls have managed to escape from Boko Haram. This announcement comes after federal officials have denied reports of the June mass-abduction. It is believed that women and girls were kidnapped from their village in Chibok two weeks ago as a part of an attack against the Nigerian government. Abductions and kidnappings are becoming more frequent in Nigeria, meanwhile, more than 219 schoolgirls that were abducted in April are still missing.
Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President and Soviet Foreign Affairs Minister Dead at 86
The former Georgian president, who was forced to resign in 2003 following the Georgian Rose Revolution, passed away on Monday. Eduard Shevardnadze was 86 years old and had been highly involved in politics throughout his lifetime. Better known as Silver Fox, Shervardnadze’s political career began when he joined the Communist Party in 1948. By 1985, he became the Foreign Minister for the Soviet Union despite not speaking any additional languages and having visited only nine different countries in the world.
Eduard Shevardnadze was highly respected as foreign policy minister around the globe. Between 1985 and his resignation in 1990, Shevardnadze was responsible for the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, Europe and the China border. Together with Gorbachev, he accepted human rights and negotiated treaties on nuclear arms. Shevardnadze was the first Soviet official to make a bold statement that “the clash with capitalism no longer mattered.”
Uganda Security Forces Attacked by Tribal Militia
More than 50 people were killed in clashes between tribal militia and Uganda security forces on Saturday. According to Ugandan military spokesman, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, attacks against police and military posts are believed to be coordinated and the Ugandan troops reacted quickly, killing over 40 assailants and arresting 17 others. The attackers are believed to have been brandishing a variety of weapons, including machetes, guns and spears as they attacked three Ugandan districts. Ntoroko, Bundybugyo and Kasese districts are well known across the world for frequent anti-government insurgency.
Afghanistan Election Results Claimed to be Fraudulent
Last month’s presidential election preliminary results were rejected by Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah. The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan has announced on Monday that Ashraf Ghani won the June 14 election with 56.44 percent of the votes. The official results will come in on July 22, however, Abdullah Abdullah responded angrily, claiming that the result was invalid as it included fraudulent votes. This year, more than eight million Afghani citizens voted in the runoff election and to date it is believed that Ashraf Ghani received more than 50 percent of the vote, while his biggest contender Abdullah Abdullah only had 44 percent.
Following the allegations of fraud, the chief election commissioner, Ahmad Yusof Nouristani warned against drawing conclusions, stating that “the announcement of preliminary results does not mean that the leading candidate is the winner.” Nouristani also added that a “probe into [rigging] complaints might change the outcome.”
World News Commentary By Ivelina Kunina