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Djabidjan's News Aggregator
« on: July 10, 2021, 02:04:57 PM »

Djabidjan News Aggregator is a non-profit news service which offers Djabidjan-related news and analysis for a worldwide and academic readership. The project was started by the Department of Ardian Studies of the National University of Amvkhar, Jugland. Besides our email newsletter which comes out one or more times per day, the Djaibjdan News Aggregator also publishes the Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter (known as DJUN), which offers translations and summaries from important Djabidjanian sources, such as articles, academic literature, and government publications. The Djabidjan News Aggregators also offers translations of some articles about Djabidjan several times in our blog.

Some of the main sources that we include in our newsletter are:
  • Djabidjan News Agency (DJT-DJAN), an international news agency, which is owned by Djabidjan's government.
  • Salamdeul, official newspaper of the Djabidjanian People's Democratic Party.
  • Gwanchalja, a pro-government newspaper published in Djabidjan City, owned by Majimag Media Group.
  • Suny (The Truth), a political newspapers established in 1991 by exiled Djabidjanian immigrants.
  • Djabidjanian Times, a daily newspaper which focused on business and economic current affairs, published in Jangju.

Any information published or translated by the Djabidjan's News Aggregator should not be understood as an endorsement of any particular political opinion, religious views, ideology or government policy that those sources may support or describe.



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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2021, 04:26:18 PM »
Originally published by Djabidjan News Agency
President Kwon Sang-jun dies in accident

President Kwon Sang-jun has been announced dead, following a helicopter crash this morning nearby Enmedyè.

Emergency services and firefighters units came as soon as possible, but they could not do anything to save the lives of the President and the other passengers.

It was been reported that, along President Kwon, other five people lost their lives in the accident, with no survivors. President's death has shaken and shocked all citizens in Djabidjan.

President Kwon Sang-jun, 46, had been President of the Republic of Djabidjan since 2011, when he was elected President following the death of his father, Kwon Jin-gyu. It is expected that Premier Im Jae-woong will perform the presidential functions temporarily, until a new head of state is elected by Djabidjan's parliament.

President Kwon Sang-jun, along the other passengers, were headed to visit to a nearby mining company, as part of a promotion of a government campaign on industrial policy. Not long after the takeoff, the helicopter presumably crashed as consequence of foggy conditions.

Many citizens expressed in social media their condolences and their worries about the future of the nation, following the death of the Djabidjanian president.

Premier Im Jae-woong declared "no words to express my own emotions on these shocking news", describing late President Kwon's death as "a national tragedy". He also announced a 19-day mourning, only one day less than when his father Kwon Jing-gyu died in 2011.

It is expected that a state funeral will be held in honour of the deceased president. Although the helicopter crash is believed to be an accident, the government has announced that a special investigation has been started.


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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2021, 09:46:59 PM »

Originally published by Djabidjan News Agency
Theatre explosion surprises Djabidjan City


BREAKING NEWS |  An unprecedented fire broke up in Namgung National Theatre, in Djabidjan City, during a musical and drama show which conmemorated the "Semèn Solidarite Sosyal" which had started yesterday. Although emergency units and firefighters promptly came to the site, they could not do much to completely stop the expansion of the fire.

The event had been attended by important authorities, including Premier Han Oh-Seong, as well as other well-known government officials and social celebrities. According to witnesses, the fire may be started by one or several sudden explosions during the first break early in the evening.

Although authorities were early considered a gas leak as possible caused of the fire, it is being currently investigated as a possible terrorist attack. However, a spokesperson of the police has declared that no official cause has been established yet, and it may take some time to determine so. "So far", he declared, "the priority is to stop the fire and save lives, of course".

The number of casualties is still unknown, although emergence services has already confirmed at least a dozen of deceased citizens, as well as two firefighters.

The identity of the victims and wounded is still unknown, although the office of the Ministry of State Security confirmed that Premier Han was severely wounded and was transfered to a nearby military hospital.

 

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2021, 08:46:33 PM »
Originally published by Djabidjan News Agency
Terror attack leaves at least 176 casualties


Djabidjan's authorities confirmed that the fire caused in Namgung National Threatre, Djabidjan City, was caused by explosive devices in an unprecedented terrorist attack.

The official number of casualties is currently 176, although there were another hundred of wounded people, many of them hospitalized in severe condition, so that number could increase in the coming hours and days.

It was confirmed that Premier Han Oh-seong, the highest ranking official in the country, following the death of late President Kwon Sang-jun a month ago in an accident nearby Enmedyè, died in the theatre attack. Another five government officials were killed, as well as at least other eight government officials and high-ranking military officers had to be hospitalized.

The attack is the most deadly terrorist attack in the Ardian nation since independence.

So far, the action has not be claimed by any known terrorist or armed group. Djabidjan's authorities have announced that an investigation has been advanced to find the perpetrators of this deadly attack "wherever they may be and make them pay for such atrocious crime", the police spokesperson declared in a official communication.

The identity of many of the victims is still unknown, as the identification of some of the deceased people may take some time. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs already offered a list of victims, which includes 117 Djabidijani nationals, four Juglander citizens, and another victim from Fleur.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lee Jung-nam promised a diligent work for the identification and extradition of any foreign victim, if that were the wish of their families, "as soon as possible in the current circumstances". Minister Lee also denounced the attack as "a miserable and coward attack against Djabidjan's democracy".



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Re: Djabidjan's News Aggregator
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2021, 06:12:58 PM »
DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 08/09/21 - 08/15/21

Djabidjan News Agency
Djabidjanian Times
Suny
Martial law passed by national parliament
New Speaker is elected
Christian group rejects being behind theatre attack
Djabidjan’s national parliament approved a state directive establishing martial law in all the country’s territory for at least two months. 

The state directive will allow law enforcement and armed forces to arrest suspects without a judicial authorization and suspend basic rights.

The government justified the decision by the need to avoid more terror attack as the Namgung National Theatre in Djabidjan City, which killed more than one hundred people, including seven members of the government. The declaration of martial law was passed almost unanimously in the national parliament, with 148 for and only 4 votes against.

The State Department of Military Information, through a spokesperson, also announced that they have “clear evidence” that the Christian Action Front, renamed in 2015 as Independent Faithful Movement, was behind the attack. He declared that it “will not be mercy for those behind the attack” and that they will not have way out.
Nang Khin Maw was elected Speaker of the national parliament, replacing Speaker Chau Hung Tran who died in the recent terrorist attack in a theatre in Djabidjan City, which claimed the lives of 214 people, including several government officials and four diplomats.

With the death of late President Kwo in a helicopter accident last month and Premier Han, who also died in the terrorist attack in Djabidjan City, Nang Khin Maw, 70, becomes the highest-ranking official in the currently, at least until a new President and Premier are elected by the parliament.

Until then, following the Djabidjanian constitution, Nang Khin Maw will be both the acting head of state and head of government, as a consequence heading the State Council of Ministers.

A member of the national parliament since 2004 as a candidate of the Djabidjani People’s Coalition, she is not a member of the People’s Democratic Party, the largest political party in the national parliament and the political party which the previous three Presidents of the Republic belonged. Instead, she is a member of the Nayhtumyarr National Party which has only three seats in the national parliament – including herself.

It is expected that Nang Khin Maw would only head the government temporarily until the People’s Democratic Party elects a new leader or at least nominate possible candidates to both the presidency or the premiership.
Independent Faithful Movement, or Dhaah Party, has rejected any involvement in the Djabidjan City's Namgung National Theatre terror attack.

The Independent Faithful Movement, which was established as a successor of DXAHK, an armed group that existed from 1969 to 2015, through an official statement published on several websites, declared that they did not have any involvement and they openly reject violence against political and civilian objectives. Instead, they argue, they are still focused in their strategy adopted in the so-called "2016 Christian Gathering", in which they announced a political strategy which described "popular mobilization and mass resistance", along electoral participation, as means to achieve their political goals.

The leadership of the Independent Faithful Movement is based in an undisclosed foreign country, and it is currently a banned organization in Djabidjan, where it is listed as a terrorist organization.


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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2021, 01:36:01 PM »

DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 08/16/21 - 08/22/21

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Gwanchalja
Suny
More than 200 arrested on terror charges
Maeda Noriko to head DEK Corporation
Suny founder killed in St. Elmo's City
At least 248 people have been arrested in Djabidjan City, Jangju, and other cities, in several raids against sympathizers and supporters of the Independent Faithful Movement, a Catholic organization blamed for the Namgung National Theatre terrorist attack on last month, which claimed the lives of 214 people, including Premier Han.

Although it is not clear if all suspects are accused to have direct ties with the terrorist attacks, many of the suspects are facing serious charges, such as membership in a criminal organization, conspiration against state institutions, and conspiracy for murder.



DEK Corporation announced that Maeda Noriko will head the business group, after its Boards of Director elected her to become the new chairman of the company.

DEK Corporation is one of the largest entertainment and media companies in Djabidjan. The corporation owns several music, television, and film production companies, as well as a television channel, Fusyon TV, and the Djabidjanian Times, the largest newspaper in the city of Jangju.

Maeda Noriko, 34, is late Hoo Dae-seong's widow. Hoo Dae-seong was the founder and chairman of DEK Corporation, but he was killed in the recent terrorist attack in Djabidjan City.

Mrs. Maeda was previously CEO of DEK Studio, from 2016 to 2020. She was also Chairman of Fusyon TV since 2019.
 
Suny founder and Djabidjani journalist and scholar Arman Aqimugalay was found dead in St. Elmo's City, Tytor.

Arman Aqimugalay, or Dr. Aqimugalay as he was known in the Djabidjanian diaspora, particularly in the Kychma community, was found dead in downtown St. Elmo's City, where he had visited to participate in a conference organized by the Kychma community in the city. He had been stabbed several times when he was found shortly before midnight. When emergency services came, it was already too late, as he was declared dead. Tytor authorities are investigating the dead as a murder and robbery case, although other hypothesis are being considered.

His father had served in President Hahn Geun's administration. Arman Aqimugalay founded his own political movement in the 1990s, known as the National Democratic Assembly, running for office several times. However, after being prosecuted by Djabidjanian authorities, in court cases that his supporters and human rights associations denounced as political persecution, he left the country in 1998.

He had been living in Tytor since 2004, where he relaunched our newspaper, which he had helped to establish in Djabidjan City in 1991. Under his leadership, in which served the roles of editor-in-chief until 2014, and chairman since then, Suny become one of the leading newspaper in Djabidjani diaspora, particularly between the Kychma community, not just in Tytor but in at least fourteen countries.
 
As ourselves, the Djabidjanian community, as well as Aqimugalay's family, have declared to be devastated for this meaningless and atrocious murder. We hope that authorities will be able to find the perpetrators and they will face justice. Meanwhile, we are prepared to continue Aqimugalay's legacy, fighting for truth and justice in our motherland and our communities abroad.

In other news, it was also reported that a Djabidjani national, an employee from the Djabidjanian embassy, was killed in an explosion in an appartment in St. Elmo's City the same night. However, there is no information so far that both cases could be related.


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Re: Djabidjan's News Aggregator
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2021, 10:19:24 PM »

DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 08/22/21 - 09/12/21

Djabidjan News Agency
Salamdeul
Djabidjanian Times
4 Djabidjanian soldiers dead in another suspected terror attack
People's Democratic Party to held an extraordinary Congress
Two suspects found dead
Four members of the Djabidjanian Armed Forces were killed in an explosion nearby Hyeoul.

Although the police had not initially dismissed an accident as possible cause of death, a police spokesperson has declared that they were killed in duty as consequence of an explosion device in their car.

It is unclear if the attack was related to recent terrorist attack in Namgung National Theatre, Djabidjan City. So far, nobody has claimed this last deadly criminal attack.



The People's Democratic Party will hold a party congress in October, First Secretary Tieu Quanh Vinh announced, following a special meeting of the National Executive Committee of the People's Democratic Party.

The People's Democratic Party is the largest political party in the national parliament, and the leading member of the ruling Djabidjani People's Coalition. It is expected that the People's Democratic Party will elect a new General Secretary in the coming congress, following the tragic death of late President Kwon Sang-jun, as well as a new electoral platform and confirm candidates to the next parliamentary election, which is scheduled to be held on November.

A new General Secretariat was appointed by the National Executive Committee, it was announced, which should be confirmed by the Executive Council of the party, which is expected to meet on next Friday.

The National Executive Committee also appointed Hong Tae-woo as PDP's Secretary of Organization, who will be mainly in charge of coordinating the organizational committee in charge to prepare the coming congress. Mr. Hong will also join the General Secretariat in the role of assistant secretary.





 
Several human rights associations have demanded Djabidjanian authorities a "serious and independent investigation", following the death of two suspects who were in custody of law enforcement authorities, after being arrested in suspiction of terror charges and membership of criminal organization.

However, the Ministry of Home Affairs declared that both suspects died as consequence of natural cases, a heart attack in one case and organ failure following a nervous breakdown in the second case. The second suspect, according to a spokesperson of the forensic team, had a "historial of drug abuse, which may contribute to the seriousness of his health situation".

Both suspects had been recently transferred to a prison facility under the authority of the State Department of Military Information, the main military intelligence and counter-terrorism agency. They were being investigated for their association to some of the key suspects in the Namgung terrorist attack, a Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson declared.

Djabidjan's Justice Foundation, a NGO organization focused on improvement of the judiciary system has complained, while expressing confidence that the state authorities will be able to find the perpetrator of the recent terrorist attack, that the rights of some of the arrested suspects and the work of their legal teams are under increasing pressure, following their incommunication as consequence of the recent declaration of martial law, which has caused that many of the suspects could not be visited by a lawyer. "Although we understand the seriousness of the situation and the need to protect the people and the state institutions following such unprecedented and dreadful attack", a spokesperson of the organization declared, "it should not be incompatible with the required protection of a due process and transparency".




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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 10:10:18 PM »

DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 09/13/21 - 10/03/21

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Suny
Djabidjanian Times
Hyeoul prepares to receive Party Congress
Activist faces serious charges
New parliamentary Speaker elected

Tieu Quang Vinh, Acting General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party, has announced, following a meeting of the PDP Executive Council, that the coming extraordinary congress of the People's Democratic Party will be held in the city of Hyeoul, the sixth largest city in the country.

It will be the second time that the People's Democratic Party will not hold a party congress in either Jangju or Djabidjan City, the two largest cities of the nation.

The party congress, which is expected to elect a new party leader before the November election, which be held from October 15th to October 17th.




Lanh Long Tran, Secretary of the Djabidjanian League for Progress, a NGO organization focused on justice reform, has been arrested by Djabidjan's police this morning, local sources have reported.

Lanh Long Tran, a former lawyer, has been active for more than two decades as a human rights activist, particularly focused in the issue of justice reform and fight against corruption. More recently, he was actively involved in a campaign calling for an immediate reform of the electoral law, in order to assure true fair and fair elections in November. Lanh Long Tran have also denounced an increase in reports on police abuses in custody and violation of constitutional rights since the martial law was declared.

Authorities have claimed that he was arrested for tax evasion and financial fraud and therefore there was no relation between his charges and his political activism and defense of human rights. However, his lawyers seem to be unconvinced, as immediate arrest for that kind of charges are relatively rare. If he is declared guilty, Lanh could face a sentence from 5 to 15 years in jail.

A first hearing of his case is expected to be held on late October, one of his lawyers confirmed to our newspaper.



Shin Yong-Nam, from the People's Democratic Party, was elected as new Speaker of the national parliament.  He received a clear majority, 144 of 155 votes, therefore being elected at the first round.

Shin Yong-Nam has been a member of the national parliament since 1996, when he was elected for Jangju's sixth district, as candidate of the Djabidjani People's Coalition, being reelected in the following five elections.

Shin also served as Deputy Prime Minister, from 2002 to 2008, and Minister of Justice from 2010 to 2014. Considered a leading member of the People's Democratic Party, his influence however decreased after the 2015 People's Democratic Party congress, in which he was not reelected to the National Executive Committee, in which he had been a member since 2006. Since then, he played a rather discreet role in parliamentary activities, despite being one of the most senior members of the parliament.

Shin Yong-Nam becomes the first Speaker from the People's Democratic Party since 1992, as the position had been held since then by members from other political parties of the ruling Djabidjani People's Coalition.

Speaker Shin declared that it will be a "huge honour to serve as head of the people's representatives" until the end of the term, which is expected to end in mid-November.

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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 10/04/21 - 10/10/21

Gwanchalja
Djabidjan News Agency
Djabidjanian Times
Protesters demand justice for terror victims
Koryonggang shows promising results at Tour of Jugland
Government justifies security measures

Protesters in Djabidjan City, two months after the terror attack in Namgung, have demanded reparation for the victims of the attack, and death penalty against the perpetrators and organizers of the attack, including Burhaan Temitope, former leader of the Christian Action Group, as Burhaan's Independent Faithful Movement, a successor organization of the former, has been blamed for the attack.

A spokesperson of the prosecutor office confirmed that they are investigating any involvement that Temitope may have had with the attack and charges could be brought against him if that was confirmed. However, he declared that the investigation may require some time and effort, but he tried to assure that the perpetrators will face justice and punished with all the instruments of the law without mercy.



Koryonggang cycling team, Djabidjan's main important cycling team, surprised with a strong showing in the Tour of Jugland, winning two stages as well as the team classification.

The team, established in 2017, had already a considerable experience in the Ardian cycling circuit. However, their participation in the seven-day race in Coft Aranye was the first showing in an international cycling event. Fidèl Vitès was the best Koryonggang's rider in the general classification, finishing eight after the final stage.

Vivnan Wourou, director of the team, declared to be satisfied for the result, which would help to consolidate the growth of the team. "We have showed that we can, not only compete against the best riders of the world, but beat them...We are proud about these results but our ambition can only increase with this gained experience", he declared.



Vrem Gèdavyon, Acting Minister of Home Affairs, justified the wave of arrests by law enforcement following the Namgung Theatre terrorist attack, to assure the safety of the population and dismantle any existing network of terrorist militants and sympathizers.

Although he clarified not all the arrest people are necessarily directly linked with the theatre attack, he declared that the authorities have been working hard to find anyone who abide or gave material support to the perpetrators of the attack.

He also hinted, although he did not confirm it, that the martial law may be suspended following the coming election, although that decision would depend on the "State Council...with the approval of the President of the Republic", who is expected to be elected not later than November.

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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 10/11/21 - 10/18/21

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Gwanchalja
Tieu Quanh Vinh elected PDP General Secretary
Lahn Thi Vo back to Djabidjan
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A few thousands of delegates, along hundred of government and local officials gathered in Hyeoul convention centre, where the People's Democratic Party held an extraordinary congress. While the circumstances of the congress were rather ominuous, following the death of late President Kwon Sang-jun in an accident on July and the Namgung terror attack which killed several leading People's Democratic Party high officials, the congress was expected to choose a new leadership.

The congress started with a solemn and serious tone, with several hommages and interventions aimed to pay respect to the victims, as well to celebrate the memory of both late President Kwon Sang-jun and his father Kwon Jin-gyu, who died in 2011. The hommage tone certainly continued, but this time to celebrate the achievements of the People's Democratic Party, which has been in the government since 1983.

Those which expected policy debates, or at least a hint where the next administration may move towards, may have ended disappointed. While delegates voted in more than sixty resolutions and amends, they do not offer a radical shift of the government policy. In any case, it would not have been definitive, of course, as the final electoral manifesto and government program would be decided in the next meeting of the Djabidjani People's Coalition in which representatives of the People's Democratic Party and the other members of the coalition will probably announce their candidate to the presidency in the next legislative election, as well as a final announcement of the candidates.

Tieu Quang Vinh was elected as General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party, getting 56% of the votes against his rival mayor Hwang Yong-joon, who obtained 44%. Tieu becomes the first ethnic Kiêt to be elected PDP General Secretary, although it is not exactly a surprise, as Tieu had being acting General Secretary since late August. A former Minister of State Administration, Tieu Quang Vinh joined the PDP Secretariat in 2018. The election, which took place in the morning of the final day of the congress, did not feel as an exciting election, however, although certainly much more than in previous congress, in which the election of the General Secretary of the party was felt mostly as a (already announced) coronation.

Certainly, the General Secretary has always being of the official leader of the party, with the General Secretary also holding the office of the presidency of the republic (or doing so eventually, as it was the case of Kwon Sang-jun, who become General Secretary in 2009, two years before the death of his father).

It is not clear if this will be the case, however, and Tieu Quang Vinh's first speech as General Secretary did not feel as the speech of a recently elected leader, more like someone aimed to build bridges between rivals and colleagues. Certainly, there is nothing written in the party charter and rules than the General Secretary shall be the leader of the government. However, it is not that we should wait much time to see the final answer, as there is only one months before the next legislative election, and it is possible that a new president may be sworn before that date. In the meantime, we can only wait.

More importantly, however, the PDP congress also elected the new members of the 15-member National Executive Committee, the highest executive body of the People's Democratic Party. While more than half of the incumbent members were reelected, there was certainly a renovation -and not only because five members had died this year-, with a moderate generational replacement, with a slighly decrease of the average age. There were not many surprises, besides the return of current Speaker of the Parliament Shin Yong-Nam (who had was not reelected to the National Executive Committee in the 2014 congress), and Hong Tae-woo, who had been recently elected as PDP Secretary of Organization, and who becomes the only member in the National Executive Committee without experience in the central government.

Next week, the first meeting of the new National Executive Committee will be held, when it is expected that the a new Chairman of the People's Democratic Party -the second highest-ranking office in the party- as well as clearer visions of the future of both the party and the country.




It has been cofirmed that businesswoman Lahn Thi Vo, late Minister Lahn Le Dung's elder daughter, has returned to Djabidjan after she was seen in Jangju International Airport last Friday.

Lahn, 48, has been working as a commercial representative in several Albion countries since 2019. It has been reported that she recently acquired a new home in an exclusive district in Jangju, the second largest city in the country.

According to close sources, however, it doesn't seem likely that she is going to run as candidate of the National Reform Party, as it was recently reported by a local newspaper. The National Reform Party, a member of the ruling Djabidjanian People's Coalition, is holding an important political conference next week, when a new leadership is expected to be announced, and where Lahn' sister, Lanh Thu Quy is expected to play an important role.

Another source close to Lahn's family also denied that the oldest sister had returned to Djabidjan in order to formalize the divorce with her husband, who works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and that she is simply busy and concerned with her professional and business activities.




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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 10/25/21 - 10/31/21

Djabidjanian Times
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Djabidjani People's Coalition announces candidates for legislative election
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Hong Tae-woo, Secretary of Organization of the People’s Democratic Party and Deputy National Coordinator of the Djabidjani People’s Coalition, announced the list of candidates for the coalition in the coming legislative election, which will be held on November 11th.

Although described the future lawmakers as a “sea of renovation and continuity”, there will not be as much renovation as continuity, as the large majority of the current members of the parliament wil l run for reelection. Between the surprises, however, the main one will be  Shin Yong-Nam, current Speaker of the national parliament, who will not run for reelection and therefore will not continue as Speaker of the parliament. The move has probably surprised many, as Shin, a veteran politician with previous experience in both the national government and the People’s Democratic Party, was recently elected as Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party by the party’s National Executive Committee. This has increased the rumours that Shin may become President after the election, although he may as well focus on his role as chairman.

Between the new candidates, Kwon Mi-yeon, late Presidents Kwon Jin-gyu’s daughter and Kwon Sang-jun’s sister will stand as candidate in Jangju sixteenth district. It will be the first time that Kwon will stand as candidate in an election. Previously, she was serving as a non-voting parliamentary representative




Yes, it is true, there shouldn't be any false hopes about the coming legislative election in our country. Giving the chaotic situation after President Kwon Sang-jun's death, the government's failure to offer transparency about ongoing investigations -particularly those related to the recent terror attacks-, and the increasing abuses of human rights following the declaration of the martial law, it would be naive to believe that a real choice was being offered to the Djabidjani people and that, at least, a free and fair election could determine the future of the country. Rather the contrary, barely a week before the vote, the feeling is the opposite: that these legislative election will be likely one of the least free and fair that we have seen in the last two decades.

Still, the opposition parties have certainly failed the test. They could not blame the Djabidjani people for the coming result. They have failed to offer a true and hopeful alternative, one of the people can rally behind, in order to push toward real change and democracy. Instead, they have remained divided against the faceless ruling parties, and their own failed negotiations have shown something worse than dogmatism, a feeling of pettiness and incompetence.

The opposition may have still some time to come into their senses and find some -even if partial- unity regarding their message to voters, and establish some coordinated strategy before it is too late. In that case, independently of the result, maybe some can be saved in order to build a future for our country and our peoples.


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Opposition candidates, as well as some legal experts, have complained that the coming legislative election, which will be held on November 14th, may not meet the required democratic standards, even compared to previous elections, due to the limitations as consequence of the martial law in force nationwide.

The activities of some electoral observers may be also restricted, due to limitations on assembly established by the local authorities in many provinces of the country.

Despite this, however, the main opposition political parties have called the voters to participate in the election, hoping to deprive the ruling Djabidjanian People's Coalition of another legislative majority.

The Djabidjani People's Coalition obtained a majority in today legislative election in the Republic of Djabidjan. It is estimated that the ruling coalition will obtain 130-132 of 155 seats. It will be the eighth consecutive legislative majority for the coalition, which was established in 1986.

Although the ruling coalition will renew their parliamentary majority, there were some clear signs of voter fatigue that the new administration will need to consider. First, the turnout was considerably lower compared to previous elections, not reaching the 50% in many districts. Secondly, the results are expected to be the worst result for the Djabidani People's Coalition since 1992, and a few Djabidjani People's Coalition candidates expected to be reelected lost against opposition and independent candidates.

Six independent or non-party candidates were elected, while candidates from other four opposition political parties were elected to the national parliament. The largest political party of the opposition will be the Democratic Party, which obtained eight seats. It remains to be seem if the opposition will be allowed to form their own parliamentary group -that the constitution established in fifteen MPs-, something that has not happened since 1988 election, and it will require the agreement of the opposition political parties.


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Shin Yong-Nam was elected President of the Republic of Djabidjan by the national parliament. He received 130 votes for and 22 against.

The veteran politician, who was Deputy Premier from 2002 to 2008 and Minister of Justice from 2010 to 2014, makes an unexpected comeback to become the 5th head of state of the Republic of Djabidjan.  His last role was Speaker of the national parliament for the last three months.

In his first speak as President, Shin Yong-Nam, 62, promised to implement the Djabidjan People's Coalition political platform and to continue "marching toward the path of stability and prosperity".

Min Tae-joon, current olitical Secretary of the Office of the Premier of the State Council of Ministers, is posed to be appointed Prime Ministers, according to reports.

Although other names were rumoured, such as Foreign Minister Lee Jung-nam, Minister of Education Temir Jasilraqay, or even People's Democratic Party's General Secretary Tieu Quang Vinh, it is expected that it will be announced in the coming days that Min, 51, will replace Nang Khin Maw as Premier.

The move may surprise many, as Min joined the national government only in 2018, but others may argue that his role as Political Secretary in the national government, a position close to a political assistant to the Premier and the Deputy Primer, may have prepared him for the Premiership.



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MP Kim Yoo-ri was elected as General Secretary of the Democratic Party. She becomes the first woman to be elected as leader of the Democratic Party, which was established in 1969.

Kim, 41, a divorced lawyer, was one of the surprises in the last legislative election defeating Acting Minister of State Administration Chi Van Tran in Talgwon district by more than six points while standing as a candidate of the opposition Democratic Party. She was one of the eight Democratic Party candidates who were elected to the parliament, which allowed the party to be restored as largest opposition political party in the national parliament.

While Kim Yoo-ri had barely no political experience before her election to the parliament in last November, she did not hesitate to announce her candidacy to Democratic Party's Political Conference, which was held in Djabidjan City last weekend. She defeated Min Byung-ho, incumbent General Secretary of the Democratic Party since 2011 but who failed to be elected in last november, and Senpenb Kotekiwo, MP for Durnovris. She obtained 39% of the delegates' vote in the first round and 58% in the second round.

Min Byung-ho congratulated his rival and offered his support to bring change in Djabidjan. In her first speech as General Secretary of the Democratic Party, praised back his rival “I wouldn’t be here without Mr. Bin’s contribution”, she said. “The Democratic Party will continue to be the home of those who want to rebuild a democratic future for our nation”, she declared. However, she declared that she considers that they need to build bridges with other opposition political parties. “We need to build more a movement than a political party to bring real change”, she declared. Currently, Djabidjan’s opposition in the national parliament are divided in four political parties with opposing ideologies.

“True democracy, transparency, and fight against corruption should be our main three flags”, she declared. She promised to do her best to bring democracy back to Djabidjan.




 



Djabidjan’s men’s national team defeated Izhitsa 2-1 to advance to World Cup Quarterfinals, a historical result for Djabidjan.

Song Hyeon-Ju was chosen “Men of the Match” and scored the first goal but the main highlight of the match was when Dezyèmyoun Kotekiwo scored the final goal at minute 113, when the match seemed decided to end in the penalty knockouts. It was the third goal for Kotekiwo in this World Cup.

Fans are hopeful that the team may continue with their successful performance to achieve a place in  the top four teams, but it will not be easy, as they will be facing Ui Cenneslaig, which count their matches as wins, including a win against host Vinitsia.

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Djabidjani men's football team entered in football history after defeating Kaitaine, reaching the World Cup final in their debut in the most important international tournament.

After defeating Izhitsa, Djabidjan's team entered the quarterfinals full of hopes although aware of the difficulty of the challenge.

The quarterfinals found an unprecedented hero, defender Tu Lanh Huynh, who started the tournament on the bench, scored the winning following a corner kick, in the victory against Ui Cenneslaig (1-2) a more complicated match. In the next match, Djabidjan defeated Kaitaine 3-2, in a match which was only decided in the extra time, with three goals. Song Hyeon-Ju led the team to their first World Cup final, with one goal and two assists, while striker Dezyèmyoun Kotekiwo who scored his fifth goal in the tournament to score the 2-1 at minute 104. Song scored the 3-1 in a penalty kick ten minutes later, bringing joy to the Djabidjani fans, although they had to suffered to the last minute, after Kaitaine team scored the final 3-2 after several unfortunate errors of the Djabidjani defenders.

The rival for the Djabidjani team will come from the match between Nya Aland and Achkaerin, two of the main favourites to win the world cup.








Nya Aland defeated Djabidjan in the Men's World Cup final.

The Djabijdani team hoped to surprise the Albion club. However, their own mistakes and back luck became obstacles too big for the Ardian team. Despite this, the team had enough chances to at least draw the match.

The match was not decided until the second half, when Nya Aland scored the final 2-0 following a counter-attack, to win the World Cup.

Primeiro Forte, Djabidjan national coach declared that to be disappointed for the result and the inability to break Nya Aland defense system, but to be proud of the effort of his team through both the match and the tournament. "Although we were able to control the match at times", he explained, "we were not able to be as effective as in the previous matches...We did have opportunities, but I'm disappointed -first about myself, of course- that we were not able to match them when they upped their game. But nobody expected us to reach this far, and I'm satisfied although slightly sad for both the players and the fans, of course. This should be only the beginning, because this squad may have a bright future".







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The Minister of Defense has presented this morning some of the most recent technological developments, particularly in the field of weaponry and military technology, by the Republic of Djabidjan.

One of the most striking products unveiled was a "combat robot", which was baptized as Otoma-11, consisting in a remote control platform equipped with an automatic assault rifle. The system of this robot, the spokesperson of the project explained, is very simple. It uses a small crawler platform with one rifle fixed above the platform. Currently, it is equipped with a small camera although it is likely that infrared or photoelectric system may be include in future versions of the project. The soldiers only need to rely on their mobile phones to remotely observe the combat situation and conduct remote shooting.

"The model may look too simple to be effective", the spokesperson argued, "but it is actually both easy to control and cheap to produce, allowing their production en masse at a low cost".

It is expected that the Otoma model could play an important role along other more advanced models, such as Chyena-1, a four-legged semi-automatic killer robot, which can carry 180 kg of a squad's load, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way, similar to be trained animal, as well as being equipped with explosives against a particular target in special missions.










In his last decision of the year, President Shin Yong-Nam issued a presidential decree which listed his last presidential appointments in several key positions.

Former Premier Nang Khin Maw was appointed as Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs Council.

Lieutenant-colonel Kim Sung-mo, who previously served as Deputy Minister of Defense from 2018 to 2021 and Acting Minister of Defense since September 2021, was appointed as Chairman of the State Department of Military Information, the largest intelligence and counter-terrorist agency in the Republic of Djabidjan. He will replace Minh Vu, who was serving as Acting Chairman since November 2021.

Kwon Mi-yeon was also appointed as Deputy Secretary of the Economic State Commission.

Lee Jung-nam, who was surprisingly replaced in the new administration as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Minister Temir Jasilraqay will also be appointed as Djabidjan's ambassador to the Empire of Daito.










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Local authorities have been increasingly concerned about the increased rates on criminality experienced in Djabidjan City, Republic of Djabidjan's capital city, in the last two years. According to official statistics, the homicide rate in Djabidjan City increased to 69.6 homicides per 100,000 in 2021.

For that reason, Minister Arendse has announced a joint initiative between the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of State Security, and Djabidjan City local government to improve security and fight crime. The initiative would include an increase of prevention campaigns -particularly focused on the youth-, more security surveillance, as well as an increase of funds for both ministries as well as the local police. The operation, officially called "Operation Triangle", will be complementary with the nationwide security campaign already announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs last week.

Djabidjan City local government has also pledged to increase the police force by a 20% in the next five years, while Premier Min Tae-joon announced that the government is currently prepared in a legal project aimed to toughten criminal law in a large number of crimes.











Singer Bàvàng will perform in her first motion film.

The 22-year-old singer, who has achieved aclaim and become one of the top singers in Korean and Kiet languages in Djabidjan, has confirmed the rumours and declared to be highly "motivated and excited about this new project", in a social media post.

The younger singer recently won three Sonnò Awards (the most prestigious music award in Djabidjan) as "Best Duo", "Best Song in Kiet-language", and "Best Single of the Year".

Despite Bàvàng lacking any experience or education in acting, fans of the young artist are enthralled about this new project of their idol and her debut in cinema.

The singer was discovered by Jeol Entertainment in late 2018, and soon became a sensation nationwide. She has recently signed a 4-year contract with DEK Records, becoming the 5th highest paid singer in Djabidjan, according to recent reports.

The singer apologized to her fans for being unable to give more details about the project yet, but declared that she will be delighted to do so soon. The movie will be filmed entirely in Kiet language, the producers confirmed, likely becoming the most expensive film in that language to date.







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President Shin Yong-Nam is a facing an unexpected and unprecedented crisis after actress Pidlo Iwenbyen described several situations in which she was sexually harassed by President Shin.

Iwenbyen's claims came following rumours for months about alleged sexual misconduct by President Shin in the past. A month ago, two women claimed in anonymous comments in social media that they suffered sexual harassment and sexual assault during the time Shin was Speaker of the national parliament.

Iwenbyen, who has been living in Novincia since 2014, wrote that she was afraid of speaking out but she felt it was her duty to do so. She described that the events described in the early 2000s, when Shin was Deputy Premier and she was a young actress in her first important role in a local production.

According to a newspaper from Jangju, the police was able to identify one of the sources of the anonymous claims, to figure out if the claims could be libelous against the person of the president of the republic. Despite this, “Jigeum-Qazir”, a small newspaper associated to minor opposition parties has published more anonymous testimonies on Shin’s alleged, sexual misconduct in the past.  Olzha K. (likely a nickname to protect her real identity) became the sixth woman to claim to have been victimized by Shin’s conduct. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that an investigation has been opened to consider if the report by “Jigeum-Qazir” could be considered a violation of the laws against defamation, although the newspaper claims that the sources were independently verified and collected evidence to back those claims.

While the reaction of the public opinion has remained mild, some, included representatives from the opposition, has called Shin to offer an explanation or resign immediately. So far, the government, including President Shin himself, has opted to ignore those claims, as they were not, according to spokesperson, “worthy of proper consideration”. However, a law firm has confirmed that they were contacted by the Ministry of the Presidency to bring charges in order to defend the honour of the presidency.
















Ministry of Justice has confirmed that they will bring charges against MP Kim Yoo-ri, following the claims the opposition MP made in a recent interview against the lack of response and deligence on investigating corruption cases.

“The honour and professionalism of the Djabidjan’s judiciary can not be doubted, and we consider that parliamentary oversight should not enter in the fields of defamation and the corrosion of the public’s confidence in the independence of the judiciary”, the ministry said in a written statement. The ministry has declared, however, that the actions of the ministry do not aim to interfere with the parliamentary actitivty of Mrs. Kim or other members of the parliament, and it should be understood to be confined to this particular case.

Kim Yoo-ri, leader of the opposition Democratic Party, has described the ministry’s statement “as outragenous as ridiculous”, and she is not afraid to defend herself and she will continue to defend the truth and justice in both her parliamentary duties and public interventions.








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Ku Hye-kyung gave Djabidjan the first medals in the Keepton 2022 Winter Games.

The 18-year old athlete from Lavilsid, southern Djabidjan, surprised the favourite, the Achkaerinese Izzy Brittaine, to win the gold in Snowboarding Women's Aerial, giving Djabidjan the first golden medal in the history of the Winter Games.

Later in the day, she obtained a second medal, winning comfortably the bronze medal in Snowboarding Women's Slopestyle. Ku declared to be "tremendously happy but a bit tired right now".

While snowboarding may not be one of the most popular sports in Djabidjan, Ku declared to be overpowered by all the support and congratulations she received in social media.














Ministry of Justice has confirmed that criminal charges against Burhaan Temitope and the leadership of the Independent Faithful Movement, also known Dhaah Party, will be brought as "intellectual authors" of the Namgung Theatre terrorist attack.

Temitope, who is currently serving several life sentences in a high security prison in southern Djabidjan is the founder and leader of the Christian Action Front, a Catholic and separatist terrorist organization. In 2015, the organization was renamed as Independent Faithful Movement, or Dhaah Party. If he was declared guilty or such charges, he could face the death penalty.

Temitope's lawyers have declared such accusation as "baseless", declaring there is no evidence that any member of the Independent Faithful Movement was involved in the attack, and it was in any case impossible that Temitope could communicate with any potential suspects. They have declared that they will issue a petition so that the charges are repealed and not considered by judiciary authorities.

In a statement published hours after the announcement, the Independent Faithful Movement has repeated their condemnation of the attack, and declared that "our movement left all forms of armed struggled in 2012...our political party being based in peaceful principles and doctrine", calling for mobilization in both Djabidjan and abroad for the release of members of the organization "illegally arrested by the illegitimate government in Djabidjan".

Dhaah Party is an illegal organization in Djabidjan, and their real number of supporters and sympathizers in the country are unknown.







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MP Kwon Mi-yeon became the first Djabidjani People's Coalition member to directly address the recent allegations against President President Shin Yong-Nam regarding sexual misconduct.

Kwon described the allegations as "shocking and unprecedented", and while she said that her first inclination was to be skeptical and respect the presumption of innocence, suggested that the best course of action could be establishing an independent commission, under the authority of the Ministry of Justice, to determine if the allegations are credible or not. "This is a serious matter", she argued, "as not only the honour of man, who has shown his compromise with the state and the nation for a long time, there is no doubt, but the honour of a head of state and the nation itself...The situation is likely to be unfair, but such doubts shall remain for the leadership of our nation".

Kwon's proposal was met rather with silence and moderate dismissal by other representatives of the ruling Djabidjani People's Coalition. A statement from the national leadership of the coalition assured that Kwon's proposal is not "a suggestion endorsed by the coalition", while a spokesperson of the People's Democratic Party, in which Kwon is a member, has assured that Kwon's statement "must be understood as a personal declaration, not a party or government policy".

Kwon Mi-yeon was elected to the national parliament in last election, after serving as non-voting parliamentary representative for two years. She is well-known for being late President Kwon Jin-gyu's daughter and late President Kwon Sang-jun's sister. She also served in the parliamentary Committee on Women's and Family Affairs, from 2019 to 2022, being recently being appointed as Deputy Secretary of the Economic State Commission.


Democratic Party MP Kim Yoo-ri was sentenced by a Djabidjan City court in a defamation course, which was described by her own party and other opposition politicians as a "politically motivated case aimed to intimidate the opposition".

The court ruled that Kim Yoo-ri had violated the libel legislation through her accusations against the independence of the judiciary, as well against as the honour of civil servants and government officials regarding alleged corruption cases.

Although the case was a civil case, and therefore no prison sentence will be involved, Kim Yoo-ri was sentenced to pay 5 million livras (about 10,000 USD), and was suspended as a member of the national parliament. As a consequence, Kim will be also barred to ever run to office again in the future. However, the sentence will not come immediately into effect, as Kim has still right to appeal the rule and, therefore, she may continue with her parliamentary duties, at least temporarily.

A former lawyer, Kim Yoo-ri was elected to the national parliament as a candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2021 legislative election. Several weeks later, she was elected General Secretary of the Democratic Party, which turned her into the leading opposition MP in the parliament, even if such position does not officially exist.

A few minutes after the ruling was announced, Mrs. Kim addressed her supporters in a videoblog in social media, declaring that the rule "is not going to stop our fight toward justice and democracy" and "this is only the beginning". She assured that the opposition "will not be silenced".

Government representatives did not comment on the case.





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In a recorded statement, a group of religious militants, claiming to be a splinter group from the Independent Faithful Movement, or Dhaar Party (formerly known as the terrorist organization Christian Action Front), have announced their decision to "stand up against the increasing oppression of our brethen and their families" and announced armed struggled against the Republic of Djabidjan.

The statement was made entirely in Maadanic language, full of theological and political references, in which they justify their decision to take arms against the state. They announced themselves as Iskaabin Aamin-ah (which can be translated as "Faithful Resistance"), and they are believed to be ethnic Maadan. They claimed to be loyal to the "morally rightful principles" established by the Christian Action Front and the so-called Dhaar Party, and although they respect the leadership and spiritual guidance offered by "Our Brother Burhaan Temitope", they claim "it is time to realize that the path opened in 2011 have resulted in a failure as consequence of the government opposition to dialogue...facing our community a dead end with increasing oppresion and repression".

They claimed to have "several hundreds of supporters willing to join the just religious resistance against the state", and claimed two incendiary attacks against two police stations in southeastern Djabidjan last week (the attack only resulted with two policemen wounded).

The group also issued a second written statement, this time published in both Maadanic and Kozmane languages, calling all Christians to do their moral duty and renounce all positions in Djabidjan's government as "one can not remain neutral under an oppressive regime", and lambasted against Djabidjani government officials' "offensive performance of fake Christianity". In the statement, the group also assured that, although it is founded in "strong Catholic principles", they have not a stance against other Christian denominations, and their "resistance...will be opened to all just men of any ethnicity, racial background...which support the basic principles of Christian message and self-determination of the peoples of these lands". They also called for solidarity of Christians worldwide in defense of their resistance.

The leadership of the Catholic Church in the Republic of Djabidjan has openly condemned the statement, calling believers to avoid any association with this group. "There is no room for violence and terrorism in the Christian doctrine", a Catholic Church spokesperson declared.

The executive committee in exile of the Dhaar Party has also denied any relation with this new militant group. "We do not support the path toward armed confrontation and violence", they said in a statement, "and we have serious doubts about any connection that this group may have with our movement".





Businessman Yang Cheol-min was released on bail after testifying during two hours in a Djabidjan City court.

Yang, CEO of Jido Investments, was accused of his involvement in a criminal case regarding the bribery of government officials, concealment of criminal proceeds, and cooperation with criminal organization. Jido Investments, since its creation in 2017, has been particularly active in real estate, trading, construction, and tourism sectors.

Yang Cheol-min is married to Kwon Mi-yeon, late President Kwon Jin-gyu's daughter and late President Kwon Sang-jun's sister and currently a member of the national parliament.

A spokesperson from the Office of the General Attorney has denied speculations that the case may be a reprisal against Yang's wife recent political statement. "This investigation has been going on for months, so we can only find such claim as absurd and slanderous", he said. A Ministry of Justice spokesperson also denied earlier rumours that Yang's wife, MP Kwon Mi-yeon, was going to be put under house arrest for her alleged involvement with his husband's business activities.

Yang's lawyers have insisted in his innocence, declaring they are certain that his name and honour "will be cleansed at the end of this legal process".

For her part, Kwon Mi-yeon has declared to be "personally overwhelmed" by the recent developments, while offering her cooperation with judiciary authorities, in case that was necessary, she said. "It is my conviction that the defense of the interests of my family, as mother and wife, has never been and will never be contradictory with my compromise with the public good and service to the country", she added in a statement.

Political Secretary Lahn Thi Huynh declared to be surprised about the case, assuring that the government respects the independence of the judiciary. "For now", she declared, "we can only wait to the result of the current investigation", while denying earlier reports that Yang Cheol-min was a member of the Djabidjani People's Coalition. "To my knowledge, the only relation of Mr. Yang with our political movement were through his personal connections, as the coalition did not have any deal or cooperation with Jido Investments", she assured, despite Yang has reportedly been a donor of the People's Democratic Party. Political Secretary Lahn did not comment on calls asking Kwon Mi-yeon to resign.


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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 03/28/22 - 04/03/22

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According to leaked reports, the Executive Council of the People's Democratic Party had what one could describe as the most tense meeting in decades.

While it was expected to be an ordinary meeting for the Executive Council (the People's Democratic Party second most important decision body), an additional resolution issued by an unidentified deputy secretary of a national sub-committee brought a heated discussion, which the chair of the Executive Council struggled to calm and moderate, according to witnesses. The resolution in question, although a non-binding one, asked the party leadership for the suspension from membership in the People's Democratic Party to MP Kwon Mi-yeon, in relation to the recent corruption scandal in which her husband is allegedly involved.

It was required at least a break of twenty minutes until the resolution was finally voted by the members of the Executive Council. The resolution was defeated by 38 votes against while 34 votes for. If confirmed, the result would be certainly striking, not only for being a close vote of censure against a sitting MP, but regarding the influence of the Kwon's family, which held the leadership of the People's Democratic Party from 1988 to 2021.

President Shin Yong-Nam, who also holds the office of Chairman of the People's Democratic Party, did not attend the meeting.


In an exclusive interview published in "Jinsulhan Sasil", a Korean-language weekly newspaper published in Heyra, a former member of the State Department of Military Information [Djabidjan's main intelligence agency], unprecedented accusations against the Djabidjani government were issued.

THe interviewed assured that the government is not telling the truth about the Namgung theatre terror attack which claimed the life of more than one hundred people, including several government officials. He did not gave much details, as he remains anonymous for security reasons, but gave wide explanations of an alleged attempt to cover up the real responsibility for the terror attack the days after the attack. In these operation, which claimed the life of at least ten people, were involved important people from the Ministry of Defense.

"The current administration knows this", he assured, "but I believe they are hiding the truth for obvious reasons. Now the whole government is accomplice but the truth must be known".

He admitted that he has not concrete evidence of these claims, but he promised to cooperate with authorities and independent experts to offer more relevations.

A spokesperson from the Djabidani government has responded that such allegations are just "libelous nonsense" and may only deserve legal action.

The People's Democratic Party is the largest political party in both the national parliament and the ruling Djabidjani People's Coalition. It has currently twelve ministers in the current State Council of Ministers.

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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 04/04/22 - 04/10/22

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National Executive Council suspend President Shin duties as PDP Chairman
President Shin denies rumours about resignation
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In an unprecedented move, the National Executive Committee of the People's Democratic has decided to suspend President Shin Yong-Nam of his duties as Chairman of the People's Democratic Party.

The decision cames after a week of internal division within the party, and following socialite Moon So-ra released a video claiming that President Shin groped her during a public reception in the national parliament in 2019. At the time, President Shin was Speaker of the parliament.

However, it is not clear what the decision will entail regarding Shin's political future, as Secretary of Organization Hong Tae-woo declared, it is "not mean that [President Shin] has been dismissed as Chairman of the party".

General Secretary Tieu Quang Vinh briefly attended the media after the decision was announced, asking for patience, clarifying that "a process have started and we can oly allow it to take its course, we must respect the dignity of those involved, and exercise discipline and restraint".
President Shin Yong-Nam denied rumours that he is considering resignation, following the decision of the People's Democratic Party, following the decision of the National Executive Committee to temporarily suspend his duties and activies as Chairman of the political party.

"Nothing has changed", President Shin declared in a visit to Lavalsid, "we are only concerned to continue working for the people of Djabidjan".

A source close to the presidency have declared that "one must understand that both spheres are completely separated...one is [President Shin's] duties and responsiblity as chairman of the party, another is official role as head of the state". It is expected therefore that President Shin will continue with its agenda.




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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 04/11/22 - 04/17/22

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President Shin announces his resignation
National parliament elects Premier Min as President
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President Shin Yong-Nam has announced his resignation as President of the Republic of Djabidjan. Shin was elected president last November.

President Shin has recently been under serious accusations, including past sexual misconduct and interfering with judiciary investigations. He denied all charges and claimed to be innocent.

"This has not been an easy decision", President Shin announced in his last television address as President of the Republic, "but I can't stand causing any division in our successful movement, even if that means facing an unfair situation, as every honest person should and will recognize".

"I can not agree with the dirty campaign that our enemies has brought against me and my name", he finally announced, "but I have served all my life both the people and our political movement since I joined it, many decades ago...Even if I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined militant of the People's Democratic Party for more than four decades, and I am proud of my service".

Shin declared that he will fight to clean his name and prove his innocence as a private citizen. "I have decided to move away for the best of the people and the nation", he declared, "but my name and my honour will not be defeated by this campaign of lies and dishonour".



Min Tae-joon has been elected President of the Republic of Djabidjan by the national parliament. He was elected by a clear 126-24 vote.

Min will replace Shin Yong-Nam as President of the Republic of Djabidjan. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party, the leading political party in the ruling Djabidjani People's Coalition. He will be the fifth People's Democratic Party militant to become President of the Republic since the People's Democratic Party came to power in 1983. Min had served as Premier of the State Council in November 2021. He had joined the government in 2018.

The parliamentary session was rather calm, following a tense week until President Shin announced his resignation in a television address. Shin, a former Deputy Premier and Speaker of the national parliament, was also elected president in November 2021 as well, following the last legislative election. However, in the last weeks, Shin was involved in allegations of sexual misconduct from years ago, as well accusations of nepotism and hiding information regarding national security. While many have suggested that this whole crisis is likely to weaken the ruling coalition, some insiders seem convinced on the contrary.

Shin's resignation was announced after a week with diverse rumours, after it was claimed that Shin himself was opposed to such move. It was even rumoured that Shin was ready to defend himself in front of the parliament, even if his own party threatened to start a process of impeachment. It was rumoured that he even started talks with some MPs from the opposition, although this has been denied by several sources. It has been speculated that the recent division within the People's Democratic Party was not exactly about the accusations voiced against President Shin, but rather a power struggle him and the Kwon family and those close to them, something that could have alienate some senior members and militants of the People's Democratic Party.

The choice of Premier Min as President, although an obvious one given his position as head of the government, was not clear as they were rumoured several names to replace Shin as President. It will be seen if he manages to bring order and calm after this unexpected and unprecedented political crisis.









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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 04/18/22 - 04/24/22

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Terror group claims attack on state internment center
Legal authorities issued extradition against suspects in Heyra
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It was confirmed that the armed attack against a Centre for Personal Surveillance and Social Integration in Taewhar, was likely carried out by militants of Iskaabin Aamin-ah (Faithful Resistance), a Christian terrorist group which founding was recently announced.

The attack claimed the lives of nineteen terrorists, two policemen, and four security guards. It was unclear the real objective of the attack and, although they failed to advance and enter in the facilities of the state internment center, a shooting between law enforcement and terrorists followed, and some important material damages were caused. Another five terrorists were arrested, while from two to five attackers are believed to have escaped. To date, it is the deadliest attack by the terror group.

Authorities have not shared any information about the potential aim of the attack. It was previously reported that the terrorists could been attempting to liberate some suspects or their relatives which were held in the state internment center. However, police sources have denies this, and argued that they attackers may decide the place rather for its location rather than for the people held in the center. In either case, the attack does not seem to be a coincidence or unexpected, as in a recent propaganda video, the terrorist organization denounced the "Centres for Personal Surveillance and Social Integration" as "concentration camps" where "activists and minorities" are "deprived of their dignity and constitutional rights". The government, of course, have rejected such accusations as absurd.

It is not the first time that the Centres for Personal Surveillance and Social Integration, sometimes commonly referred as "state internment centers" are object of controversy, although it is the first time they were under a physical attack of this dimension. However, in the past, some human rights organizations have argued that these state internment centers (where any suspect can be sent and held to serve a maximum of 2-year sentence, without being officially charged without any crime, and where family separation is sometimes enforced) pose a serious threat to the legal order of the republic. However, they have existed in 2009, and the government has insisted that only those involved in serious illegal activities, such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking, and anti-social behavior are being held in these centers,  and that their constitutional rights of the people held in these centers are guaranteed and that they offer an socio-educational purpose, rather than a purely punitive one.

Several MP have demanded the government to improve and increase the security of these centers and other government facilities that may be under threat of terrorist activity.



A court from Djabidjan City has issued an international arrest warrant against five Djabidjani citizens, including the editor-in-chief and two others journalists from "Jinsulhan Sasil", a Korean-language weekly newspaper published in Heyra.

They are accused of several charges, including libel, cooperation with illegal organization, and subversion against the state. As a consequence, the judge has issued an official communication for the extradition of the accused from Heyra. If sentenced, they could be facing sentences going from one year to twenty years in jail.

The judge has ruled that an opinion article published in the newspaper, in which one of the journalist suggested that unruly members of the Djabidjani armed forces, through action or omission, may be actually behind the Namgung terrorist attack, which claimed more than one hundred lives -including leader government officials- was a fact-free defamation against the honour of the armed forces and the refusal of the newspaper to give information about a fugitive of the justice who was recently interviewed as well by the newspaper constituted an obstruction of justice and and cooperation with illegal activity.

The legal team of the defendants have argued that the case is a "violation of free speech" and they reject the charges brought against them.

No official statement from Heyran authorities has been issued yet.


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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 04/25/22 - 05/01/22

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President Min Tae-joon has signed his first law since he was elected President of the Republic of Djabidjan. The legislation, which repeal eleven clauses and modify another eight ones from the criminal code, will decriminalize homosexuality in Djabidjan.

The so-called anti-sodomy laws, which has criminalized men engaging in sexual activity with other men, have existed in Djabijdjan's criminal code for decades, and their abolition has been a long demand by activists. The law, however, was rarely enforced. The legislation against homosexuality was expanded in 1956 under Kang Dong-Il's regime, only to be included in the criminal code under the Social Republic of Djabidjan.

The legislation did not receive unanimous support from the ruling coalition, with several government MPs, particularly those from the Djabidjani Christian Party (including minister Dirijan Bondye) voting against it. It also divided the opposition, with the Democratic Party supporting it and other opposition voted against it or abstained.

Archbishop Nke Abuo Amamihe, highest religious authority in the Free Reformed Church, criticized the legislation as "divisive and unnecessary...which may give the society a confusing and wrong signal". Representatives from the Catholic Church and the Universal Free Church were more critical, while some independent theologians expressed support or understanding about the legislation.

Meanwhile, some human rights groups have petitioned the government and parliamentary groups to reject calls to issue the constitutionality of the legislation to the Supreme Court.



 



Djabidjan's Supreme Court has reviewed the case against MP Kim Yoo-ri, who was sentenced to 5 million livras (about 10,000 USD), and was suspended as a member of the national parliament. The ruling increased the compensation to 8 million livras (about 15,500 USD) while annuling her suspension as member of the parliament. However, she will remain disqualified to ever run for political office again.

Kim Yoo-ri, one of the most prominent members of the opposition and General Secretary of the Democratic Party declared that she was not surprise about the ruling, because this process has been "openly nothing but a political trial, not just against me but anyone opposing the current regime", she declared in a statement to her supporters.

"I can't understand why the government may be afraid", Kim declared, "but this is not going to stop us to continue to say the truth to the people, and denounce corruption and criminal behavior. Justice will prevail".

Some have argued that the decision could force Kim to step down as leader of the Democratic Party, the largest opposition politicial party, giving that the ruling will stop her to run ever for office, once the current term of the parliament ends in 2015. However, sources from the Democratic Party have denied such considerations and expect that Kim will give her best as MP even if the ruling finally stands.












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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 05/02/22 - 05/08/22

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An exploration by Gyeolseong Mining Company in behalf of Djabidjan's Ministry of National Development and Energy has discovered and unearthed unexpected and unknown reserves of lithium, coltan, and tantalum in undisclosed areas in the southeastern region of Djabidjan, according to an official report.

It is unclear how vast such reserves may be, although the report mentions a "potentially significative amount of resources for a considerably long-lasting impact" according to a technical research done by Gyeolseong Mining Company with assistance of independent experts.

Djabijdani government has declared that it will issue a second and deeper exploration and analysis by an independent team before reaching a definitive conclusions about the discovery and the economic prospects of such discovery. Experts in the sector have received the news with prudence but "highly hopeful" with a positive outcome for the mining sector in Djabidjan, which had experience a relative stagnation in the last decade.

However, other voices have showed some skepticism or doubts about the prospects, as it is not clear how it could affect the areas affected, including one of Djabidjan's larges natural parks which may be close to the area discovered.

Eleven people were arrested in a raid in the headquarters Dan-eo-Paròl Foundation, a Christian charity organization based in Jangju.

The suspects, with includes at least two members of the clergy, are accused of serious charges including tax evasion, fraud, an embezzlement. Police sources were quoted declaring that the raid was "conclusive...and important evidences were discovered".

Dan-eo-Paròl Foundation was established in 1997, and it is closely associated with the Universal Free Church, third largest religious denomination in Djabidjan. Since its foundation, the foundation was particularly involved with organizing charity events, and providing resources and assistance to orphans, young mothers, families, as well as involved in awareness campaigns against violence, drug consumption, or unmoral behavior.

A representative from the Universal Free Church declared to be "both surprised and shocked" about the news, but they are "certain of the innocence of the suspects and the trasparency of the foundation". However, they fear that, giving the situation the foundation is currently is facing, the foundation may be forced to halt some of the initiatives planned, at least temporarily.

Minister of Justice Benedita Akegliz declared that "as a religious person" she is "deeply saddened" about such investigation about an organization that is considered to be based in such moral work and Christian values" and which has provided help to those most vulnerable in our society. "However", she added, "independently of the circumstances, we need to fight corruption and unlawful behavior wherever it is found", defending the work of the prosecution and law enforcement.

 
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DJUN | Djabidjan-Weekly Newsletter| 05/09/22 - 05/15/22

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Deputy Premier Tieu Quang Vinh marries for a second time in Jangju
National parliament passes new national security legislation
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It has been reported that businesswoman and socialite Kim Thu Huy has married with weekend with Tieu Quang Vinh, General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party, who also recently joined the government as Deputy Premier of the State Council of Ministers. The wedding was held in Central Lai Hotel in Jangju.

The celebration of the wedding was private and it hadn't been announced previously, probably for privacy. However, it has been reported that important people from the business, cultural, and political life of the country were invited, including Premier Hong Tae-woo.

Kim was previously married with late Speaker Chau Hung Tran, leader of the National Reform Party from 1991 until his death in 2021, in the Namgung National Theatre terror attack. Deputy Premier Tieu's late wife also died in the same terror attack, showing that love finds ways even through the most tragic paths. It is unclear when Kim, 59, and Deputy Premier Tieu, 57, started their relationship.

Kim Thu Huy was formerly a member of the National Reform Party, even if she never had any political or government position. Her current political affiliation is unknown, if it is not clear it will change as consequence of the change of her civil status. The current leader of the National Reform Party, Minister Vinh Thao Tran, was also between those who attended the wedding.



The national parliament has passed the National Strategy for State Security Act by a clear majority. The legislation will introduce minor changes in the 2009 National Security Reform Act, increasing criminal punishment for those attacking or endangering the law enforcement and state security officers, as well as giving special powers to the Ministry of State Security to establish certain messures and decisions in a limited geographical area up to 15 days without parliamentary or judiciary approval.

The legislation, despite their clear support in the parliament, was criticized by most opposition groups, and some human rights organizations, as it "threatens to curtain basic constitutional rights and, more importantly, the right of supervision on government's actions", a report issued by the Djabidjani Assembly of Citizens warns. More critical were representatives from the opposition Democratic Party, which qualified the act as "unconstitutional" and "unnecessary".

However, a government spokesperson justified the legislation on grounds on recent increase in criminal violence and terrorism in the country. "The legislation will not affect the civil rights of ordinary citizens", Political Secretary Lahn Thi Huynh declared, "but empower and guarantee the action of law enforcement with the aim to increase both security and efficiency". Political Secretary Lanh also pointed at the cooperation between the ministries of State Security and Home Affairs that will be strengthened through the creation of several inter-government bodies and communication channels.

 
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