A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, December 7, 2008.
Officials say that progress is being made in a deal to bail out three United States carmakers. The U.S. government will be holding weekend talks on the plan after two days of Congressional hearings.
Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, stated that discussions with both parties had been “constructive”.
Executives from the three companies – General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler – have pleaded before two Congressional committees, asking for $34 billion in order to stop collapse.
“I’m convinced that by Sunday we will have an agreement that people can understand on this bill,” said Barney Frank, a representative from the state of Massachusetts.
- “‘Progress’ in US auto bail-out” — BBC News, December 6, 2008
- “Bailout Progress: Accord by Sunday?” — ABC News, December 6, 2008
The people of Ghana, a country often shown of as an example of a good democracy in Africa, will vote for a new president and parliament.
The current president, John Kufuor, will resign after serving the maximum of two terms in office. The elections are expected to be close.
The three main contenders for the presidency are: the Nana Akufo Addo from New Patriotic Party, who was the foreign minister under the current president, John Atta Mills running for the National Democratic Congress, and the Convention People’s Party’s candidate, one Paa Kwesi Nduom.
- Douglas Mpuga. “Ghanaians Enthusiastic About Sunday Poll” — VOA News, December 6, 2008
- Will Ross. “Ghana to vote for new president” — BBC News Online, December 6, 2008
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe must be forced out of office and face trial for his crimes against humanity.
“The time has come for Robert Mugabe to answer for his crimes against humanity, against his countrymen and women and for justice to be done. The winds of change that once brought hope to Zimbabwe and its neighbours have become a hurricane of destruction, with the outbreak of cholera, destitution, starvation and systemic abuse of power by the state,” said Sentamu.
Sentamu that the power-sharing deal that was signed by Mugabe and the Zimbabwean opposition in September was “now dead”.
Dr Sentamu’s statement comes after a severe cholera outbreak spread in Zimbabwe, and saw 12,545 cases reported and 565 people dead.
- “Archbishop urges Mugabe overthrow” — BBC News Online, December 6, 2008
- “Mugabe must be toppled now – Archbishop of York” — guardian.co.uk, December 6, 2008
Republicans experienced another victory late Saturday, as the Associated Press called the race in Louisiana’s 2nd district at 22:35 CST in favor of Anh “Joseph” Cao, heralding the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress and sending the incumbent scandal-ridden Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson home after nine terms.
- “Beleaguered congressman trails in Louisiana vote” — CNN, December 6, 2008
- “APNewsShort” — Associated Press, December 6, 2008