tv Outside Source BBC News October 25, 2017 9:00pm-9:31pm BST
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. kenya's election is on. opposition leader raila odinga has failed to stop it happening — and now wants a boycott. that means president uhuru kenyatta is certain to win. what's not certain is how kenyans will react to that. more moments of huge importance in china. xijinping appears to be looking beyond another five years in power. bbc chinese tell us how we know. the bbc has lodged an urgent complaint at the united nations against iran over its treatment of bbc persian staff. one of my colleagues from bbc persian on set to give us their first hand account. and we'll look at how a small business in the us state of montana, secured a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to rebuild puerto rico's power network. the kenyan election will go ahead.
the kenyan election will go ahead. the polls open on thursday morning. the polls open on thursday morning. the supreme court was supposed to rule on a petition to support in the vote, but five out of the seven judges didn't show up for the hearing earlier which brought us to this point. that leads us the only judges present. that is the two of us. judges present. that is the two of us. and acts 1632 of the constitution, this matter cannot be held this morning. we were given a number of reasons for the no shows. one was ill, another unable to get a flight back in time — and two were just unable to come to court. only the deputy chief had a concrete reason — as her bodyguard ended up in hospital yesterday
after a shooting. so no ruling from the court meant that the electoral commission could give the go—ahead. de son assurances given by this commission, based on the progress made in the commission, the elections are scheduled to go ahead tomorrow, the 26th of october 20 17. all of this means there is a huge amount of pressure on kenya's into stations, the institutions which are the foundation of its democracy. sophie ikenye is in nairobi for tomorrow's election — she spoke to a political analyst about the turn of events from the supreme court. i saw it coming because they have been under attack by politicians, particularly the president and his
party, who feel that the decision was wrong. there is a general feeling that the judiciary may not make any decision that reflects negatively on the government. secondly, it must be remembered that giving the petitioners must also be fairso giving the petitioners must also be fair so that they do not appear to be pitting thejudiciary in harms way, because if what they were petitioning against was not seen today, it has been there from time, why on the last day? frankly, they are simply setting up thejudith reid to be seen again to be fighting against the government. president uhuru kenyatta won the original election in august. that result was cancelled after the opposition leader raila odinga complained of irregularities — and the supreme court agreed. he argues not enough has been done to stop the same problems happening this time around — hence the petition to delay the new election. that didn't work — so he'll be boycotting the vote. here he is in nairobi earlier. here he is talking in nairobi
earlier. a sham election. a sham election. there have been more protests. particularly in kisumu in the west of kenya which is an opposition stronghold. here are some of the pictures we have had come in today. some young men out on the streets, fires burning, roadblocks, clashes with the police. here is a reporter. this is one of the polling stations here.
we did see one of the rooms here where ballot papers had been picked, but no initials are here yet to set up but no initials are here yet to set up the polling station. it's the same in other places in this city, which is a stronghold of the opposition. people here have indicated that they will not be coming to the police station tomorrow morning when the polls open tomorrow morning when the polls open to participate. they say they will stay at home as they have been directed by the leader of the opposition. earlier on i spoke to be cou nty opposition. earlier on i spoke to be county governor who said that anyone who wanted to protect the bait in the vote will be free to do so. there are also concerns from the electoral commission officials that their city would not be assured. we will not interfere, they can, do their job, will not interfere, they can, do theirjob, we will not interfere. this is one of the areas that they have claimed there is danger. we
shall not interfere. if there is interference, those are people led by other forces other than us. police say they will take serious action against any individual found to be disrupting tomorrow's election 01’ to be disrupting tomorrow's election or intimidating the electoral commission officials. full coverage of the election tomorrow from bbc news. let's switch from kenyan politics to chinese politics. xijinping's grip on power in china has tightened still further. this was the moment that the communist party unveiled its new the politburo standing committee. these men — and they are all men — are the most senior leaders in the country. xijinping and premier li kuh—chiang were already on the committee. five though are new members. and how old they are hints at president xi's power. all are in their 60s — normally in china that's considered too old to be considered as successor to the president. and that's a shift. here is our china editor telling us
xijinping has ditched here is our china editor telling us xi jinping has ditched the customer on establishing a successor at half—time, but he has already served five years. there are inevitable questions about power struggles ahead. here is a reporter. from xi jinping's perspective, usually very ambitious man. he doesn't want to tell the outside world that he is going to step down any time soon, because he wants to carry out a lot of plans. although we don't know exactly what he wants to do in the next 5 euros. he also knows that the second time of any president is called a lame—duck presidency and he doesn't want to be little bat. —— in the next five years. but his perspective, it only makes sense not to reveal these state seekers beforehand, but the outside world it
isa beforehand, but the outside world it is a little but interesting to see that he is breaking the norm. when would he have to tell that he wanted to go for longer than five years? that is the million dollar question. there are five years ago, anything could happen. we also have seen 25 member bureau rather than a standing committee. a 25 member bureau, there area committee. a 25 member bureau, there are a few hopefuls, but we don't know yet. one of the things that the president wants to push on with it achieves china's role in the world and it is their policy, what will those priorities be in the coming yea rs ? those priorities be in the coming years? he will want to continue what he's done, for example asserting china's interests overseas. his disputes with japan, with the philippines and eventually have the negotiation with the united states when it comes to us position in the region. these days we are also
seeing potential conflicts in north korea and china as a role in it. i think these policies he wants to carry on as usual, however he still wa nts to carry on as usual, however he still wants to assert our influence. he wa nts to wants to assert our influence. he wants to carry this on and to extend china's interests. i'm that is needed by the idea that he wants to project a chinese way of doing things as an alternative to western. simply of the cold war, there is a sense in the west that the western way, the liberal democratic way is the only way to go for any country, including china. however we have seen is turning point, the watershed moment, the 2008 financial crisis, ever since then the chinese leaders been very competent about the way china governs itself, the way china
governments its economy especially. what's going on outside china, what's happening with brexit, the united states, this only reasserts china's confidence. chinese leaders these days are talking very openly about china's model in developing countries as well as fully developed countries. one of these seven members you have just shown to us was a political theorist. he spent some time in the united states in berkeley in long time ago and he came back, wrote a book about america and a book reflecting on international geopolitics. he is certainly also a man who has a lot of thinking about how to deal with the united states, how a place china in the 21st—century environment. now american politics. republican attacks on donald trump keep coming. yesterday senators bob corker and jeff flake let theirfeelings be known — there was talk of the president debating america.
and they've not left it there. here'sjeff flake on cbs today. we have a responsibility as elected officials to speak out when there is behaviour like that. some of what we have seen i think that into that category. do you think you can change the president?” category. do you think you can change the president? i think all of us change the president? i think all of us have been waiting for nine months for that pivot, that was going to occur, towards more appropriate behaviour and stability. we haven't seen it. i think it's time that we stand up and be a little more forceful. no chance of the president letting all this pass despite both men saying that they were not going to stand. but then earlier on the president
reflected on his choice of words. i called it a love fest. maybe it was, but standing ovations, there is great unity. i mean, if you look at the democrats with bernie sanders and hillary clinton, that is a mess. there is great unity in the republican party. unity is one word. there are a lot of others who suggest a different picture. let's see how the press have been reacting. the rolling stone magazine call his speech "meaningless" — saying action — not words is the way to hold the president to account. the new york times wonders when republicans with more to lose politically will openly show their opposition. and for bloomberg, american politicians should take cues from europe —
where the the traditional two—party system is being challenged more and more. they may not support him privately, but certainly they are presenting a public face. ultimately none of them at this .1 to take him on. they don't want an open confrontation with the president of their party who is their best bet at getting any legislative achievement through congress. they need him, that's the bottom line. he needs them and that's what's interesting about the jeff fla ke that's what's interesting about the jeff flake and bob corker spat is that they are still going to be in congress until 2019 and president trump cannot afford to lose their votes. the dynamics of this particular relationship are going to be interesting to watch but the next couple of years. at the moment, we
are not seeing a tsunami of senators all weighing in behind jeff flake and bob corker are saying that they backed them and will stand up against president trump. that is not happening. i am guessing the context all of this is the midterms next year and the fact that some senators will be standing for election? exactly. they need to keep theirjob and they are already facing an open rebellion from steve bannon who may have left the white house but still remains incredibly influential with the conservative base that supports donald trump and he is waging his own antiestablishment war and there will be a number of primary challenges. the last thing that these sitting senators want is for president trump to weigh in behind them and say these guys need to go. that would be a problem for them and could tip the balance in a senate and it has barely controlled by the republicans. don't forget they haven't got that big of a majority.
this war if it it became any more public or open would be bad news for the republican party, donald trump and individual senators. you mentioned is the legislation the president wants to get through, what are his priorities? but to back it is still tax reform, but it's difficult to see where any of this is going, particularly when the distractions keep mounting. it is not helpful for the republican agenda for these two senators to open these divisions, but we will need to see how it goes. open these divisions, but we will need to see how it goes. stay with us on outside source — still to come. the rebuilding of puerto rico after hurricane maria. why a company — who only a few weeks ago had just two staff — has been awarded a major contract. a rise in interest rates for the first time in a decade is looking increasingly likely in britain — after the economy performed better than expected betweenjune and september. gdp rose by 0.4%, driven
by expansion in the services and manufacturing industry. earlier, the chancellor of the exchequer, philip hammond said today's figures show the underlying strength we always knew that as we went through the process of negotiating our exit from the european union it would inevitably create some uncertainty in the economy. the important thing is that underneath that temporary uncertainty is a strong and resilient economy. with world leading industries that will drive us forward in the future, for example we're here at the crick institute, the life sciences industry, britain is a world leader. these are the kind of high—paid, high—tech and high productivity sectors that are going to power our economy in the future. this is outside source. our lead
story co m es this is outside source. our lead story comes from kenya. opposition leader raila odinga has failed to stop it happening — and now wants a boycott. that means president uhuru kenyatta is certain to win. what's not certain is how kenyans will react to that. let's turn to some of the main stories from bbc world service. the head of amnesty international in turkey and ten other human rights activists have gone on trial, accused of aiding terror groups. turkish authorities say taner kilic downloaded a phone messaging application used during last year's failed coup. turkey alleges they were organising an uprising. top poker player phil ivey has lost a supreme court challenge over his ten million dollar winnings from a london casino. the bbc has lodged an urgent complaint at the united nations
against iran over its treatment of bbc persian staff. this is the statement — the bbc is accusing the iranian government of "a sustained campaign of harassment and persecution." this statement has come after iran started a criminal investigation into 150 staff, former staff and contributors to bbc persian. and this court order also froze all the assets of those individuals. the bbc‘s complaint was made to two un officials. bbc persian has spoken to them. aristide and has already gone to the iranian government. —— pirate statement. we are hoping they would ta ke statement. we are hoping they would take action, investigate the matter.
amends will be made. i am sure that this is an issue of high priority, ofa this is an issue of high priority, of a very serious nature, where the government should be able to find out why this is happening, whose doing it, and who ordered it. we have raised our concerns in turn as we do. the way it works is, we will communicate directly with the government and we will face beamed to the effect without prejudice to the truth of these allegations, if they are true, we are very concerned, and we raise very serious concerns concerned, and we raise very serious concerns with the government just over the last couple of days. earlier, i spoke to bbc persian regular describing the sense of the harassment. we have been through yea rs of harassment. we have been through years of intimidation and harassment. it started in 2009 around the dispute of the presidential election in which the
iranians but accused us of having an influence. over the last eight years... there have been 86 cases of harassment out of 96 members of staff. 85 family members back in iran had been interrogated. 59 people have been subject to different smear campaigns online and the extent is unbelievable, unprecedented. there are no other services that had experienced anything like this. we talked about your experiences before. you have been smeared online? several times. i can't go back and neither can any of my colleagues. we haven't been back since 2009 and we don't know where we will be able to go home. in 2013, my parents passports were confiscated. they couldn't come and see the baby. i spent that year... it took them a year and a few years
later my husband came under attack on mine and he was accused of being a spy and being married to a bbc journalist travelling to iran. he hadn't been to iran since he met me. what does the iranian government say when these kind of allegations are put to them? they haven't reacted to this one, but they say that we are accused of working against the national security and that is the most national security and that is the m ost rece nt national security and that is the most recent movement. they have put all of the names on a list to have oui’ all of the names on a list to have our asset rosenzweig and no longer buy or sell anything under our name in iran which affects other family members again. if you inherit something, you can no longer sell. that is the beginning of investigations into possible acts against the national security, which is very worrying at this stage. that's bringing our new york correspondent. what kind of reaction have you been hearing from people at
the un to this new information we have on the extent of the harassment? as we speak, the special report on iran is revealing her report. this is her second report on the full extent of human rights violations by the reigning government to be third committee of the united nations. she told me she was completely shocked to hear that these harassment had been going on for as many years and thinks it's important that the body reacts to it that the reigning government realises the seriousness of these acts. it was not limited to her. the right to free expression almost came saying it was completely unacceptable and called on the reigning government to seize these attacks on journalists especially my colleagues. there is a says that even though the un officials are used to hearing and in fact
reporting on many cases of violations, it is still falling under the category of those acts that go far beyond even their expectations and variable standard that the iranian government in their opinion have set as far as respecting human rights is concerned. and have you managed to have direct conversations with iranian representatives at the un? they both have had direct conversations. i raised it with them when they were here in the general assembly. the weighell idiots they are saying these conversations are assembled, they take note of the complaints. —— the reality is they are saying... i have been hearing similar, that you ones closer to the president saying this is the judiciary, the other parts of government, from the point of view of these special reporters at the
un, this is not acceptable, they have to take responsibility and a lwa ys have to take responsibility and always blame the other parts of the government is not enough. thank you very much indeed. we will turn back the new york now to talk about the north american free—trade agreement between the us mexico and canada. the doctor about it a lot on outside source, because donald trump really doesn't like it. president trump thinks it's a bad dealfor america. the car industry and the clothing sector have launched a campaign to highlight the benefits of nafta. michelle fleury, new york. its 130 different representatives from different industries. clothing, the auto industry, a big benefactor from the north american free trade agreement. what they are really worried about is the possibility of president trump working away from the deal orjust president trump working away from the deal or just making president trump working away from the deal orjust making requests for... that should be included that really neither canada or mexico
could sign on to. one specific thing that a lot of manufacturers in the united states are very worried about isa united states are very worried about is a sunset clause which says after five years everyone has to agree on this particular issue all over again and of one person doesn't agree it's back to the bargaining table. from a business perspective, that gives no stability and you need stability to be able to conduct international business. thank you curmudgeon did. we are still not clear exactly what donald trump wants to do with nafta, whether he wants to ditch it or more likely than not change it. we will talk about that later. typhoons rot damage and destruction
across japan and into the side of the working week. things have cleared up and brightened up a lot recently. we are now concerned with another tropical storm which has developed out in the west pacific. it is expected to strengthen further and become a typhoon. as it continues to move northwards. this storm is following a similar path to the typhoon heading to japan. we could be looking at further very heavy rain again. we are also concerned about torrential rain of prosperous of central america. look at the satellite pictures showing explosive co—development pouring down here at the moment. there is a 50% chance of a tropical storm developing in this system as well and if it does so, it will move north into cuba as we head towards the weekend. flooding and landslides
possible here in the next couple of days. into north america, heavy rain and travel disruption across the north—east into canada. this area of low pressure promising a winter storm, but high pressure continues to dominate across the west and we are looking at dembach is well above average for the time of year across california and into the great basin with the continued threat of wildfire. heading to delete, temperatures is coming down a little bit nle. crossing to europe, an area of low pressure bringing wet and windy weather. this swirling area of low pressure windy weather. this swirling area of low pressure across windy weather. this swirling area of low pressure across the south east bringing disruption and thunderstorms. strong winds and rough seas. this is gradually easing down on thursday and friday. bright sunny weather will be moving in its place. this area of low pressure across the north—east will bring snow. a wintry spell here for the
next couple of days. further south, plenty of sunshine in italy and sunshine returning in greece and the islands. just a few showers and thunderstorms around here. rising temperatures across spain and portugal. that will exacerbate the risk of wildfire again here. central and southern front doing well on thursday with sunshine, but remains cloudy and damp to the north. for us, cloud and stamped with returning to england and wales, but it will be mild. scotland and northern ireland pressure. eight phil forecast bright here in around 30 minutes time. hello, i'm ros atkins. this is outside source. these are the main stories here in the bbc newsroom. kenyan opposition leader raila odinga has failed
to stop it happening — and now wants a boycott. it will happen on thursday. president uhuru kenyatta says kenyans should turn out to vote. more moments of huge importance in china. xijinping appears to be looking beyond another five years in power. the bbc has lodged an urgent complaint at the united nations against iran over its treatment of bbc persian staff. and we'll look at how a small business in the us state of montana secured a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild puerto rico's power network.