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Monday, 8 August 2022

Kenyans elect a new president tomorrow + China cuts military, climate talks with US

Kenyans go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president. Sitting vice-president William Ruto is in the lead, polls show, with what he calls a “hustler nation” message tuned to the hopes and frustrations of the nation’s youth. Ruto has been in office for some nine years and is taking on five-time presidential candidate Raila Odinga. The New York Times serves up a “why Kenya matters to the west” story (God help us), BBC looks at how Kenya’s top election official looks to deliver a corruption-free vote, while Kenya’s The Star reports that outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta savaged his former vice president, telling voters “I want to urge you that do not be cheated by Ruto’s eloquence. I have worked with him and has found that he is a person who is untrustworthy and of bad temper, he is not thus fit to lead this nation.” Need to get up to speed? The BBC has decent scene-setters here and here.

US-China relations reach new low in wake of Pelosi Taiwan visit: China has ended dialogue with the US on key issues in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile and controversial visit to Taiwan last week, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. Beijing has canceled communications with the US military, ended climate talks with Washington and suspended cooperation over cross-border crime, it said.

More on deepening Turkey-Russia ties: Five Turkish banks are adopting Russia’s MIR payments system — the country’s answer to Mastercard and Visa — in the wake of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talks with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, Turkey’s state-run Andalou Agency quoted Erdogan as saying on Saturday. Payment in RUB will provide financial support to both Turkey and Russia, the president said. Turkey has also agreed to pay for some Russian gas in RUB.

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