Current Affairs - June, 2020

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Approx 2.4 Million Children Below the Age of 5 are facing Hunger and Malnutrition in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 26th June 2020 has stated that amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, around 2.4 million (24 lakh) children who are below the age of 5 are facing hunger and malnutrition in Yemen.  The global pandemic has further added to a shortage of humanitarian aid in the war-torn nation that is has been struggling with a widespread shortage of essential services, medicines, etc since the beginning of the civil war back in 2015.

UNICEF has further stated that within the next 5-6 months, 30,000 children below the age of 5 could suffer from life-threatening acute malnutrition. More than 90 lakh (9 million) Yemeni children do not have access to hygienic factors such as safe water, food, and sanitation today. During this pandemic, only half of the health facilities are operating in Yemen, that too is struggling to cope due to lack of infrastructure, equipment, staff and other facilities.

Yemen Civil War

The Civil War in Yemen stated in march 2015 between the Houthi Armed Movement and the Government of Yemen. Both the fractions claim to constitute the official Government in Yemen. The Houthi armed forces at present have control over Sanaa (the Capital City of Yemen).

Lazarus Chakwera elected as New President of Malawi following Evidence of Irregularities in 2019 Elections

On 23rd June 2020, the Presidential Elections of Malawi was conducted after the annulment of the results of the 2019 Presidential Elections by the Constitutional Court of Malawi earlier in the month of February 2020.

Lazarus Chakwera was elected as the new President of Malawi after winning 2,604,043 votes, which is 59.34 percent of the total valid votes. 2019 Presidential Election winner Peter Mutharika secured 39.92 percent of the total valid votes in the 2020 Presidential Elections.

This is the second incidence of Annulment of Election in the Africa Continent in the last 4 years, in August 2017 the Presidential Election of Kenya was annulled.

Background

The 2019 Presidential Election was conducted on 21st May 2019 in which Peter Mutharika become the President of Malawi by securing the highest 38.57 percent of the total valid votes.

The election results were highly criticized by the opposition parties of Malawi and called the election as the Tipp-Ex election. Tip-Ex is a popular correction fluid. The opposition parties claimed that the correction fluid Tip-Ex was used for tampering the votes. Based on the allegations, the Constitutional Court of Malawi founded irregularities and evidence of vote tampering during the investigations.

This led to the annulment of the 2019 Presidential Election by the Constitutional Court on 3rd February 2020.

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