|Iran's President Attending the Opening of a rail line (Source http://www.president.ir)|
|The Presdent-Elet of South Korea (Source: http://www.aljazeera.com)|
|The President Elect of France (Source: http://www.france24.com)|
South Korea has elected a liberal as President after almost 10 years of conservative rule. It is interesting to note how the same dilemma facing the new South Korean President Elect is being faced in France as well as the New President Elect prepares to take office on May 14. Both have problems with majorities in their legislatures. There is also the on-going elections in Iran as well as we noted in our last edition of Notations.
Iran's elections is starting to get especially interesting in light of President Rouhani's latest campaign speeches. He has gone after the main conservative challenger, Raisi (the head of the Quds Foundation) hard with allegations of corruption and his conduct as of the high ranking judicial officials of the past 38 years. Social Media (especially Instagram) has been abuzz of the on-going efforts--including the accounts of Jamaran.ir (affiliated with Khomeini's grandson) along with the official account of President Rouhani Himself. Iran's Official News Agency, though, continues to be supportive of the President as domestic media continues to be on the attack. This is as Iran and Pakistan are in a diplomatic tug of war in the aftermath of the death of Iranian Guards--and as Iran and Saudi Arabia are at it in the aftermath of comments by the Saudi Deputy Crown about attacking Iran.
As France awaits the formal swearing in of President-Elect Macron , one interesting opening was how his Former Boss, Manuel Valls, has agreed to join Macronm's Party and contest a legislative seat for his party. Manuel Valls noted the Socialist Party to be "dead". As Europe breathes a sigh of relief, London is anxious. this is as grassroots movements are starting to take shape to further transform Europe beyond what is already known as epitimozed by what we received here in #outsiders from the organizatoin co-founded by the firebrand former Finance Minister of Greece: