THE WORLD TODAY: The pan-European elections are nearing completion, and no presidential candidates in Algeria

THE WORLD TODAY: The pan-European elections are nearing completion, and no presidential candidates in Algeria

On the final day of the elections to the European Parliament, voting will take place in 21 countries

Sunday is the final day of elections to the European Parliament in the EU countries. Citizens of 21 EU countries will come to the polling stations.

Particular attention is drawn to the elections in Germany and France. These two countries have the largest number of mandates in the European Parliament – 96 and 74, respectively.

The first to vote were residents of Great Britain and the Netherlands – on Thursday, May 23. Since Brexit did not take place before the elections, the British retain 73 seats in the European Parliament out of 751. On Friday, the elections started in the Czech Republic and Ireland. On Saturday – in Latvia, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Malta.

The first general results of the elections to the European Parliament will be announced later tonight.


Presidential elections in Algeria may be postponed due to the lack of candidates

None of the candidates filed documents within the prescribed period for participation in the presidential elections in Algeria, scheduled for July 4, which can automatically mean a postpone vote, writes Al-Khabar, the Algerian newspaper, on Sunday. The deadline for submission of documents ended on Saturday, May 25th.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported only that more than 70 potential candidates requested forms for registration and collection of signatures. At the same time, the Constitutional Council of Algeria, which is responsible for registering candidates, did not announce the receipt of documents from any of those who wish to compete for the presidency.

“In the light of the general refusal to nominate candidates for the top job … Algeria recorded a rare case of an attempt to organize elections with a universal boycott … This makes it impossible to observe the deadlines specified in the constitution,” the newspaper writes.


Venezuela’s government and opposition will try to negotiate in Norway

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked the Norwegian leadership for providing a platform for dialogue with representatives of the country’s opposition and confirmed their readiness for new meetings. He posted the corresponding statement on Saturday on Twitter, reports TASS.

– I thank the Government of Norway for its efforts to promote dialogue on peace and stability in Venezuela. Our delegation is going to Oslo with the willingness to work on agreeing on a comprehensive agenda and moving forward towards reaching agreements,” wrote Maduro.

On May 16, representatives of Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido held talks in Oslo to resolve the political crisis in the country. Maduro subsequently called these first contacts very positive.

As the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Saturday, representatives of the Venezuelan president next week will meet again with the opposition in the Norwegian capital as part of the preparatory stage for the dialogue of the parties with the mediation of the Norwegian authorities.

Unlike many other European countries, Norway did not recognize Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.


Iran invites Gulf countries to sign non-aggression treaty

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif invited the countries of the Persian Gulf to sign a non-aggression treaty against the backdrop of difficult circumstances. The head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said this at a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim in Baghdad.

“Iran’s proposal to sign a non-aggression treaty with the countries of the region is on the table,” said Zarif. He added that Tehran wants the best relations with the Gulf countries, and will welcome any proposals for dialogue in this direction.

Recently, there has been an aggravation of the situation around the Persian Gulf and Iran. Thus, the United States concentrated in and near the bay at least seven warships and delivered the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system.

As explained in the Pentagon, this is a response to “signs of Iran’s increased readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces,” aimed at protecting American interests. At the same time, US President Donald Trump said he hopes to avoid war with Iran.


Israelis are protesting judicial reform

Thousands of Israelis gathered for protests in Tel Aviv. They oppose the government’s intentions to pass a law that will grant the Prime Minister, Cabinet members and Knesset deputies immunity from prosecution and limit the powers of the Supreme Court.

One of the protesters said that he came here in order to express dissatisfaction with the laws that are going to pass, because of which the democratic state will turn into a dictatorship, where officials and politicians are above the law.

Binyamin Netanyuhu, whose party won the April parliamentary elections, is suspected of receiving expensive gifts from businessmen and lobbying the interests of the country’s largest telecommunications company. In exchange for this, according to the investigation, one of the most popular sites in Israel was to favorably cover the work of the prime minister.

Netanyahu himself denies all charges. In the Likud party, which is headed by the head of government, they talk about the “political persecution” of the prime minister.


The main award of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was awarded to the film “Parasites”

France summed up the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The main award was awarded to the film “South Paradise” (Gisaengchung) by the South Korean director Pon Joon Ho.

The jury headed by the Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was unanimous in choosing the owner of the Golden Palm. Pon Zhu Ho is the first South Korean filmmaker to win the highest award in Cannes. According to reviewers, he confirmed that he is an outstanding director and sharp critic of modern pragmatic society.

The prize for the best male role was marked by Antonio Banderas’ actor’s work in Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” (Dolor y gloria). This is the first big award of the actor at the film festival. Almodovar himself did not receive a prize, although his film, in which Penelope Cruz also starred, was a long time leading the cinema experts.

Anglo-American actress Emily Beecham has received her first Cannes award. The prize for Best Actress was awarded to her for her work in Jessica Hausner’s film “Little Joe”.

Director of the French-Senegalese origin Mati Diop was awarded the Grand Prix of the festival for the film “Atlantic” (Atlantique). The heroines of her first full-length film she chose Senegalese women, whose companions went to Europe in search of work.