12 July 2021

Morning headlines – July 12th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: US Army

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 18.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 4.8 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,6 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 26 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 1 death and in ICU there are now 56 people hospitalized.
  • Israel starts the administration of the third vaccine dose. Israel announced on Sunday that it will start to administrate a third Pfizer vaccine dose to adults with a weak immune system and Israeli leaders are still thinking if this dose should be administrated to the entire population. The quick spread of Delta variant has led to a huge increase in the number of new infections from a few individuals to 450 in a single day. (Aleph News)

Global political and military events

  • Elections in Moldova. The Action and Solidarity Party (PAS, pro-European) won the parliamentary elections in Moldova with 55,1%, according to preliminary results of a phone survey made on Sunday by WatchDog.MD and the Institute of Public Policies. The communists’ and socialists’ bloc got 25%, and the Sor Party 8,1. (Mediafax)
  • Elections in Bulgaria. The GERB party led by former prime-minister Boiko Borisov got the first position in the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria, with 22,1%, but it needs an alliance to create a government, said the surveys conducted after people voted. It is followed by the ITN Party (populist, pro-European), which got 21,5%, the Socialist Party (center-left) got 15,1% of the votes, the DB Party (liberal) got 13,7%, the DPS Party (liberal) got 12% (it is the group of Turkish minority) and the `Stand Up! Mafia, Get out!` Party got 4,8%. (Mediafax)
  • Haiti: Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian doctor who was living in Florida for 20 years and was accused of murdering the president was arrested. He entered the country accompanied by guards and wanted to take over the president position. 26 Columbian mercenaries and 2 American ones who lived in Haiti were part of the group that killed the Haitian president Hovenel Moise, in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, while he was at home. (Mediafax)
  • The US is warning China on an attack in the South China Sea. On Sunday, the US warned China that an attack on the Filipino Armed Forces in South China Sea would activate the Mutual Defence Treaty signed in 1951 between the US and Philippines.
  • The Cuban people are taking the streets. Thousands of Cuban people took the streets on Sunday chanting “Freedom!” and “Take down the dictatorship!”. The Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel called the protesters who defend communism and blame the mafia and the Americans. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: India got 50 diplomats out of Kandahar. The Indian Air Forces have evacuated, on Sunday, 50 diplomats from Kandahar, using two C-130 Hercules aircrafts, because the fights with the Taliban people got to the extremities of the city.
  • Albania is investigating Russian citizens who supposedly spied with drones the NATO troops who participated at the Defender Europe. The Albanian authorities are investigating two Russian citizens and five Czech citizens who supposedly spied for the Russian Federation, using drones. They would have monitored the troops who participated at the Defender Europe 2021 drill, while they were in a military base near Tirana. (Intel News)

Romania’s defence and security

  • The postponement of the NRRP was sent a month ago, and prime-minister Citu knew it. Alexandru Nazare, recently fired from the Finances minister position, gave an interview to the OFF/On The Record TV show at Aleph News. He said that prime-minister Citu called him to ask him to participate at the launch of his candidature for the NLP chief position, he talked about how he was then asked to go to prime-minister’s cabinet and what he discussed with Florin Citu, the tensions in the Government, the `economy’s throbbing”, about what he found in the Ministry of Finances and the reorganization of the Finances Ministry refused by prime-minister Citu. (Aleph News)
  • The reunion of the foreign affairs ministers in the UE states (CAE). The minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, will participate, on Monday, in Brussels, at CAE, where there will be debates on geopolitical aspects of the new digital technologies, the EU’s Strategic Compass and the situation in Ethiopia, as well as the recent actions in Afghanistan and Lebanon. (MFA)