were killed in an attack on a village a local mayor says gunmen dressed as traditional dons or hunters stormed august sagal a villager flan a cattle herders in bangkok central mali they also attacked whaling geir another felony village near by violence between frannie and rival communities has compounded an already daya security situation in mali as desert regions the prime minister announced the sacking of the military commanders after an emergency cabinet meeting adam again is a west africa analyst and former director of information for ecowas economic community of west african states he says there's a general feeling in money that the state is no longer there the project of being insured. it's a presence in the. east so. the congress in. general the world of good will probably. be the first battle to sell.
because recruitment so. you don't want the user who people. who told you over learn. the first four. so it's. not political but government of. the government but also really little article last little bit of the real feel that this article when affected because of the little numbers of the most of. the type of the that looks like to us the form of to do is look i think. a little of. this article. still ahead on al-jazeera a look at the high cost of living in the middle east forest country after four years of war plus the opposition price fall in the camorra as over a bitterly contested presidential election.
hello again a welcome back we are cross live on things are going to be very messy over the next few days we did have a system coming in off from the northeastern part of africa that has now moved into the western part of the band and we're talking about widespread rain even some snow into the higher elevations of parts of turkey as well as iraq but the rain is what we're really concerned about particularly over here towards iran where the rain is going to continue now notice here on our forecast map that very dark green area the rain is going to continue in that area over the next two to three days and that means we are going to be seeing probably the likelihood of flash flooding in this area anywhere between two hundred and two hundred fifty millimeters of rain could be seen in the southern part of iran so we're going to be watching that very carefully well here across the gulf it's going to the clouds and so it's going to
be the rain that some of us are going to be see winds are going to be a problem as well that means low visibilities in some areas for here in doha passing showers maybe a thunderstorm or two clouds across the area but the temperatures twenty nine degrees here on monday thirty degrees as we go towards tuesday abu dabi we expect to see about thirty to be a few there and then across mozambique a lot of the area of rain is making its way up here towards the north we do expect to see temperatures for harare about thirty degrees or johannesburg a partly cloudy day for you with a temperature of twenty eight degrees. nothing ok.
final session. welcome back you're watching al jazeera live from doha a reminder of our top stories preliminary results are out in time man's first general election since the twenty four thousand military coup and they show the pro-military audi's slightly ahead of the opposition opposition party leader and former prime minister abhisit vejjajiva has resigned after four results kenya's government has warned that more than a million people are at risk of starvation a sponsor of a country enjoy a severe drought conditions in thirteen counties are continuing to worsen with
widespread vegetation loss and know a crop. and a mali's armed forces chief and several top commanders have been sacked after more than one hundred thirty four people women and children among them were killed in an attack on a village. now this week marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the military offensive in yemen by the saudi u.a.e. led coalition thousands of people have been killed and iran twenty two million depend on aid to survive yemen's failing economy has shrunk by fifty percent since twenty fifteen war then two thirds of small and medium businesses have laid off half ferry employees and food prices have more than doubled priyanka gupta has our reports. the markets of sunna were once at the crossroads of trade in the middle east. today the street is an all calm market one of the old to save the city a silly whatever little local farmer can produce prices
a steep and out of reach for most the few who can buy are often in debt. and with a smile has a family of eight he's among the millions of yemenis for whom the war has meant sleeping on an empty stomach. the war destroyed the gulf arabs and the saudis and the u.a.e. destroyed. food prices are ten times higher because the yemeni real has no value at present yemen central bank is split between government controlled aden and her the controlled sanaa saudi arabia publicly pledged a loan of two billion dollars but only to the bank in aden to keep the currency afloat as of december it had received only three hundred forty million dollars the money from the bank in aid in pay salaries of government workers most of yemen's workforce. but five hundred thousand civil servants and who the areas haven't been
paid it through here as. black markets like these are try being in so now and in aden it's beyond imagination that there's oil shortage here in aden can you believe that patrol is not available in the patrol stations but is available in the black market i am astonished to see trucks carrying patrol from the even oil refineries but no idea where these trucks go and where the patrol. profits from yemen's booming coffee industry and farms have plummeted because of high fuel prices fell yemen depended on its own exports before the war production has almost stopped since the conflict began is under the control of emirati back fighters. but the main problem is this the port and how data to which eighty percent of food aid comes in and that is out of bounds for most. the impact of the war and the crumbling economy has forced within twenty four million yemenis to depend on aid
just to survive and humanitarian aid is not enough you need a political solution that is going to allow the economy to revitalize that will allow restrictions on imports to be lifted that will allow sellers to be paid the jobs created markets to be revitalized. such sectors to come back to life again so that people. you know slowly can start to sort of resume a life that used to exist prior to the contract. i hope that perhaps many yemenis still have despite the real threat of hunger and famine. in morocco a protest by teachers seeking better working conditions has been broken up by police security forces five want to count on fountains of demonstrators in the capital robot protesters were planning to spend the night outside parliament ahead of a bigger demonstration called by opposition parties rallies have been held since wednesday to mark eight years since morocco's arab spring protests. a presidential election
has been held in the camorra as which some opposition parties are calling a power grab three hundred thousand people were expected to vote in the indian ocean archipelago where there's been several coups since independence in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine seventy five the president. is seeking reelection to a second term after winning a referendum last year to extend term limits the result triggered violent unrest send several opposition leaders were convicted before sunday's election al-jazeera is mama dido has more from the camorra says capital morani. election topping contests that have been in the proportional stages of becoming like the opposition candidates contesting against incumbent president of the us and money of kamel that will not accept the results of the elections the been massive with it it is they say have been the tough love books us with remarks peoples for the incumbent
president and of their supporters to have to parliament buildings a few hundred meters behind me. books is from entering the martial vaults hollings something where the final results will be amongst opposition come to say this is nothing short of a coup on our pilling to the african union to intervene schools have been incidents of violence in and. one of the i. limbs that make up whole models and their opposition some poll tells us a pull from soccer more than a dozen polling stations where they say there will be cases of staff in both books as for the current president. of course these elections have been a commodious from the beginning opposition candidates have been expressing very little hope that they will be free and fair and now with what the what's happened today many people are seeing us to wish and where this country could go back to
these unstable pasta because that cool thought that brought the country together and probably created the stability thousand witnessed in recent years has been removed by the to the foot and i'm not the rotational presidency between the three islands to the couple of now is what it does take and many people are fearing for this country's future. thousands of protesters of algerian origin have gathered in france's capital calling for political change around ceria a peaceful demonstrations have spread to other major cities in france has moved from paris. beginning to call it the algerian spring here in paris is great for the country their parents and grandparents school is on the cusp of a real transformation this is a sixth time there's been a demonstration like this in the french capital similar scenes to say france is
home to the biggest out cheering community in europe. like many of. the sacred to leave. because people. at the center very ordinary man. the biggest. concern of the algerian president abdoulaye see who to speak out has repeatedly said it's time for his generation to give up their grip on power but will the generals on the rich business own who surround him allow him to keep his promise myself i am very happy to see that everyone is united we're united not around one algerian person not around one region but around all cheery as a whole and to say we are fed up we'll stand up with this abuse of power algeria gained its independence from france on a bitter colonial war in one thousand nine hundred sixty two the links between the
two countries are truly and economically remain strong the french government say they will not interfere in the sovereign affairs of another country behind the scenes that diplomats will be trying hard to be the midwives to change. a decision from the u.s. attorney general is expected any time on what details will be published from the mother reports special counsel robert miller delivered the results of his two year investigation into russian interference in donald trump's election campaign on friday the president has repeatedly denounced the investigation as a political witch hunt roslyn jordan has this update from washington. so far the only thing that is certain is that the special counsel robert muller has issued his report on alleged collusion between russia and the trump twenty sixteen presidential campaign to the attorney general william barr what's also clear is
that the attorney general has been reviewing the document and is trying to figure out what if any parts of the document should be released to the white house to congress and to the u.s. public what is not clear is one how long this report is to how much information it contains three whether there are any recommendations for action beyond the special counsel's decision not to indict any more people it is worth pointing out that during this investigation which took nearly two years robert muller's office has indicted or convicted thirty four people and three companies for their acts involved in alleged behavior that is considered illegal under u.s. law meantime the decision of whether to release information in this report is falling along partisan lines congressional democrats say that all of the information as well as the supporting evidence should be made public so that the
american people can decide whether or not the trump campaign and by extension whether u.s. president donald trump did anything illegal congressional republicans are arguing that with the end of this investigation and with the fact that there will be no more indictments coming because of the special counsel's work that the american public and congress should just let the matter be and move on it's a dispute that will not be resolved just because there is a decision on whether to release any of the information contained in this report either way it will have an impact on the presidency of us president donald trump. cycle in veronica's battering the northwest coast of australia port hedland is among the town's reporting wind speeds of up to one hundred sixty kilometers an hour the storm is particularly dangerous because it's moving slowly and there's a threat of flooding rob mcbride has more from port hedland cycle own veronica has made landfall with full force it has built out at sea
a gaping in strength and intensity and has been battering this long stretch of west australian coastline in addition to its storm force winds it's also been accompanied by a storm surge which has started to inundate the lying areas along this coastline it's a problem of flooding that will be very worse it could coming days by the to run chill rain associated with this weather system some areas are being told to expect several hundred millimeters in the coming days people here were told to expect an extreme weather events that is down what they are dealing with in addition to the flooding in the coming days they will be assessing the damage from this the cruise ship that ran into trouble in rough seas off the coast of norway has reached ports nearly five hundred passengers were taken off the viking sky by helicopter on saturday and sunday after issued
a mayday call because of engine failure sonia gago has a story. a terrifying view from inside the cruise ship. before the alone went off. the mayday call was put out on saturday as the vessel drifted in the norwegian see more than thirteen hundred passengers and crew were on board the viking sky with the luxury cruise line as engines failed during stormy weather and was battered by eight metre waves just off the coast of norway here the weather is known to be fierce and the shallow waters are renowned for their reefs. the rescue of the passengers began on saturday evening with the evacuation of the ship continuing throughout the night most of those on board were elderly tourists mainly from the united states and the u.k. a few escaped with light injuries many traumatised by the experience.
or. tug boats one in front and the other behind towed the ship towards the port city of molder. the passengers and crew may have had a lucky escape route what was supposed to be a twelve day cruise along norway's coast to an abrupt and terrifying and. al-jazeera. hello again i'm fully back to go with the headlines on al-jazeera preliminary results are out in time monstrous general election since the twenty four thousand military coup and they show the pro military parties slightly ahead of the
opposition opposition party leader and former prime minister abhisit vejjajiva has resigned after or resold straw in three has more from the northern city of chiang mai. is opinion polls taken just days before voting started that suggested that unless the party linked to former prime minister taksin should know what who together with its allies have not lost a single election since two thousand and one that's just it that they would be in the lead so this is unexpected indeed now cry you china charges the current prime minister and who. that's the party the military by party that's now in the lead has said that to vote for him would be to vote for continued stability for thailand kenya's government is warning that more than a million people are risk of starvation a sponsor the country endure a severe drought conditions in thirteen counties are continuing to worsen with widespread vegetation loss and low across e.o.'s miley's armed forces chief then several top commanders have been sacked after more than one hundred thirty four
people women and children among them were killed in an attack on a village the prime minister announced a sackings after an emergency cabinet meeting a decision from the us attorney general is expected any time on what details will be published from the miller report special counsel robert mueller delivered b. results of his two year investigation into russian interference in donald trump's election campaign on friday. australia is being hit by its second major storm in two days a cycle and veronica crosses the north west coast or headland it's moving slowly and a combination of high tides and strong winds could cause heavy flooding and a cruise ship that ran into trouble in rough seas off the coast of norway has reached forty nearly five hundred passengers were taken off the viking sky by helicopter on saturday and sunday they should a may day call for engine failure those are the headlines on al-jazeera coming up next here it's inside story to stay with us.
five years after a military coup thailand holds an election with millions of people cast your ballot for the first time but is the vote democratic and how much power is the military prepared to hand over this is inside story. over there welcome to the program i'm not clark the last time thailand trying to hold an election in two thousand and fourteen it ended with
a military coup an army general took over as prime minister and promised to hold a new election but it's taken five years for people to be given the chance to vote well ninety two thousand polling stations open across thailand on sunday the prime minister probably. wants to remain in office but he faces a strong challenge from tie the most prominent and tea party linked to the former leader attacks and she know what six million young people are casting their ballot for the first time and since the coup numerous new parties have sprung up to court their votes. in the past we've seen that nothing has changed i want to know how much change this election is going to bring. i want things to improve we've had too many conflicts in the past. and i want the country to move forward in the right direction and without any corruption that's the way it should be well
it's an hour from algiers got hired like he reports from bangkok. for the most part smooth polling across thailand at the more than ninety two thousand polling stations across this country six thousand here in bangkok alone now there are a couple of incidents that have been reported to the election commission they say they're going to investigate those there was a neighbor countries represented a neighbor countries invited to observe the elections here by the thai government they have been peppered throughout we've gone to a couple of polling stations throughout the day here on sunday in bangkok now for the most part things were going smoothly and the voters were excited we talked to a couple of young voters and this is very interesting because the last polling the last time thais cast ballots was eight years ago so there have been a sizeable chunk of people who grew. so they could finally vote this time around seven million we spoke to one of those and he said he was excited to cast his ballot but he came in kind of eyes wide open that's because the way the constitution is written now was written by the military government who has ruled
this country over the last five years they had a head start coming into election day two hundred fifty seats in the senate already there's so ballots being cast the voters understand that that's going to be a little bit of a challenge when it comes to forming the government particular when it comes to just how democratic it's going to be for inside story well thailand's army has repeatedly ousted democratically elected governments. twelve times since nine hundred thirty two in fact of the last two coups were against prime ministers from the chena what family texan should know what was ousted in two thousand and six while he was out of the country his sister young luck came to power in two thousand and eleven but within three years she was overthrown and fled from thailand commander general. who was named prime minister promised elections but they didn't happen a new constitution was approved in two thousand and sixteen the military giunta appoints the upper house and all governments over the next twenty years must adhere
to a military strategic plan. all right let's bring in our panel in bangkok we have seen it tyler was a human rights watch in tokyo via skype michael month the son of a senior fellow and coordinator of the thailand studies program at singapore's i.c.'s use of institute and also in bangkok we have been on an economist and professor of international business at the times business school welcome to you all and soon i if i could start with you human rights watch so first elections since the military takeover desists signal the beginning of the return to democracy i just came back from of being the election and vote count atmosphere across bangkok is people showing into and to say i'm against the odds repressive political environment where freedom of expression freedom for political activity have mean
restricted they are acting against the odds by ass electro rules clearly the w.c.s. up type people after spoken out whether we would say that why you say it's being translated into transformation of thailand in to democratic civilian rule we will stuck with and not a form of dictatorship that the same can't take off their military uniforms put on business suit and go on with asked business as usual that is remain to be seen privy to what it what's your thought about this given the turmoil we've seen in in recent years isn't the best that we this is the best that we can hope for a step towards democracy democratic transition under military custody if you like. if we're looking at the implication of the election at least this is we know that this is not the food fully democratic election with the rules and the regulations
being written the way it has been but it's a start to go in that direction after this it has to be. look at how how the government would be from and how how things with. that is but i think one thing is clear is that people have spoken out and you can see from the way the direction of their vote is chilling that they're clearly the voices of people who voice their approval of. the government or not and then there are also new voices coming up and i think that it's quite clear that the people have spoken out and if this voices are not taken into consideration for the way going forward i think that would lead into to further the sort of perhaps it would be how high land move to the next state right that's something we'll explore
the program goes on not just want to ask you privy to quickly from your perspective in thailand our reporters are reporting a public since relief that people actually just able to vote once again is that your sense. yes this is so people have been able to vote again and i think people have cost that their voice who they prefer to who they prefer to elect to become that next government i think that is already a good start for the democratic plan for thailand although when i'm not very happy with the roof and the regulation but the fact that the election took place today that is already. a good move forward you know the rules in the regulations michael months on take given the the army has has really written the constitution they commute the way this election could go they will remain influential in all probability whatever the outcome can you explore first
a little bit what that actually means well a few moments ago you used the word army custody of the country and i think that we can't speak about our because city because the national council for peace in order dictatorship has been incompetent at political management during the period when enjoyed absolute power so it does not have the competence to exercise custody over thailand in the future especially now that there will be an elected parliament in which voices of dissent will be represented and voices of dissent will have standing the other point i would make regarding these rules is that everybody in thailand and observers internationally understand that these rules have skew. the campaign and the terms under which people have been elected as a result as an exercise in legitimation these polls were a failure before anybody cast that evokes and i think that we need to understand
that the rules imposed on voters were self-defeating because they expose the illegitimacy of the juncos effort to remain in power but i would repeat my point that i put to a privy to that some i. argue that this is a process a unnecessarily tense divs step if you like towards restoring democracy i think that if i think that if we use language like that sir we're conceding a process of arbor tura like what the brazilian dictatorship went through b. after the one nine hundred sixty s. and i think to to concede a process to a military dictatorship is essentially to concede to the military dictatorship vision of the future of iowa ticks and i think it's unfair to the millions of time voters you this campaign as a competitive process from the beginning and i don't think they they viewed it in
those terms at all when they said i have human rights watch you keep a close eye on what goes on in the country give us a sense of the military rule in thailand what kind of authority sixty nine million people live under well under military rule now been five vs general president when their leader was stay at a coup in two thousand and forty and it's being no mean at that as a promise a candidate it why still meant handing unchecked absolute power that he has will without any have been he this power will remain weak type people until a new government is formed and the f.x. off. all this up in our preview including in violation human rise will remain effective that it's one fact and not a fact that human rights watch has been demanding all along is if the window is serious about holding an election that will be recognized not only by high people
but by the rest of the world the election need to be consecrated will it require i and all pen and being and for unmanned but that is not the case as the one does to trolling people in jail for criticizing military rule the junta still restraint freedom of expression and media freedom t.v. station which doll house balkan news on call were removed from all sections this did not bode well in the lead up to election day it type people seem to be fairy commit that that they are now making and taking and up he would cost to push back repressive grow off the wouldn't to push back against an even playing fail because in this election general preview doesn't have to win majority in the lower house he simply need one hundred twenty eight states and that come by with senate us two hundred fifty of them that there are people can say i will and that
will be enough to give general prayuth suffrage and support to return to power as prime minister and he could return to power without winning the popular vote we need to respect that weiss is right privy to if one party of the opposition party of the opposition collective wins the popular vote but does not she win because of the way the military has skewed the rules what do you think the reaction will be on the street how will the electorate respond will they respond with resignation will some kind of resistance. i think it is quite clear from before the election that this election is written so that general prayuth could continue in his power prime minister and i think the number that has been mentioned is already you know in that direction but i think the number of these strong opposition that we have seen by the people going for the parties that stand firmly that they are against and the
military is also affected that needs to be taken into consideration that after this it would be a coalition government and this spite the number of these that they would have in terms of selecting the prime minister but in running the government and in running the government that would mean that they wouldn't let the government would run into quite a strong opposition so we are looking at. coalition party that would be not yes it would be a general prayuth but it would not be a dictatorial that no one can pause or can question at least we would have the opposition in the house and that things would be moving along more and i think most of the thai people know that this government that would be formed after this election is unlikely to last very long but this election is not the end in itself
and perhaps it could be considered as an election for the next one that we can move forward for otherwise we would remain in the same that. so to me i see this election as a way forward to the next step and despite this perhaps if it be left government it will not be true unchecked like it was before this election right and when you see the next just very briefly outline for us what you believe the next step would be. i think if the government the way that they would run into a strong coalition strong opposition party and this could lead into more of the and stability of the next government that might lead to the next election and i think that would be also strong movement to to to to really to rewrite the constitution and perhaps that would be the constitutional crisis that this
government would be getting into with their very strong opposition that we are likely to see michael is that you will sense that if you have this the status quo is kind of maintain but with this if it's really fragile coalition that she presents an opportunity for change in the quite near future. i think that's right and i think many students of thai politics have noted in the past year or so that military parties program and parties. designed to be vehicles for the military have a very poor track record in high political history the only thing that i would also point out is that we need to be attentive to the possibility that. general break or a military figure will assume the premiership and then attempt to govern without reference to parliament because as dr velveeta has pointed out life could be
miserable for someone like general but youth in parliament when he did not enjoy men or a majority of seats in the lower house that will introduce the temptation to use parliament to gain the premiership and then to try to freeze it out of the political process by relying on. not elected institutions to govern the country and that's a risk that i think we need to be attentive to and see not how do you assess that risk if parliament is is frozen out of the political price as well that there is no political process is that well it is possible as as mike was suggested that. the next prime minister wish to have no general prayuth can grow using xico to be created by pos in parliament three checks and balances and we must not forget that. the drop off that you know the current constitution.
political parties in the parliament and in the government to follow twenty year snatch strategy so whatever promise during election will be tested against the wouldn't twenty years strategy if there is no compatibility what will is the blueprint for the country that is number one number two is given the possibility of having a fragile. coalition government that got them and would realise it when my military backing which has repeatedly threatened to stay and not get cool to quell the disturbances after the election so we are heading to what uncertainty and not a shapter of uncertainty in thai politics one wonders where you're an economist one wonders where thailand's economy is going if the status quo is maintained or at least if we get into a situation where there's this fragile coalition tell us
a little bit about how thailand has performed economically since june to control it and what your senses about where we could be heading. if we're looking at the thai economy i think it's fair to say in that land has had its last decade because of our political trouble mystically and i think since the who has taken power although they try to claim that they have managed to restore confidence and growth in the economy showing bided g.d.p. growth coming up to three to four percent we might say that that could be one way of looking at it but if you look at the long term thailand has been in this kind of political uncertainty for a long time and that adds to the opportunity cost for the country we spend so much of our energy and i will resources talking about how to get rid of sin or how to
get rid of the junta and the task at hand is that thailand is not alone in this region and why us moving not moving forward and other people moving forward thailand's economy is now you know not doing the best in the south east asian region and although we are performing three to four percent which is world average growth but i think that thailand would have to be concerned about its economy is global and regional competitiveness and its structural challenges that we have to address for example the reform of the education the reform of the public sector and the increase of the productive u.-t. all those area major and if thailand remains in this political uncertainty i'm afraid that that would not well for the future of thai economy is very brief if you would just give us a sense of the potential that thailand has if it if it did have
a settled political landscape. with that if thailand becomes much more unstable we have a strong opportunity in the region if you look at thailand the economy which is about seventy million but combine that with the countries in the region what we call c.l. in v. cambodia. and vietnam thailand stands at the very geographically strong location to be the gateway into those market that's one strong potential second thailand is not the country that is competing with the kind of the low and we could be the country that move forward more into the strong value adding activities in the economy and that's one area that thailand can be one country that improve itself but as it is right now i think thailand faced the
risk of the structural challenge of improving its. competitiveness in many areas we still be high countries in the region and without addressing those it would be it will undermine thailand's potential in moving to become the regional leader not only in economic terms but also in the political area we have not done well in terms of leading the asean region this by being the us in chad this year so with with those. uncertainties perhaps hopefully becoming more settle i think thailand has a lot of homework to do still we have some potentials to go forward and with the woman you know i'm going to jump in because we just knew that going michel i mean every my family coming towards the end of the should be to realize the potential that michel that peter has been talking about that do you think it's
something that it can be dealt with within the nation itself or does it need international pressure as well. i believe that there is plenty of awareness and plenty of talent within thailand to address these problems the awareness of some of the issues that dr david has discussed it is a very long standing in thailand and there is certainly the capacity internally to address these issues. and finally if i can come to you soon i even though democracy may not be restored in thailand in a short time where does your sense for optimism. if it doesn't fool well if that areas and the optimism. kick in from today's exercise of a type people it's right about people have spoken out in fairly high number it has hit a record high that pasta eighty percent are now in most places that is one thing to
be recon with and not a piot that we must not forget immediately after the two thousand and fourteen coup that will come in he has said preconditions to normalize asian with thailand that is thailand to hold a credible free and fair elections so the piii is whether the well community was standing with thai people and set the bar high for darick nation rejection of this election. is certainly a pivotal pivotal moment in type politics or politics we appreciate your time everybody thanks very much indeed for joining us for this important discussion thank you i guess as you know michael wanted to know and provide a pattern on and thank you for watching you can see the program again any time by visiting our website al-jazeera dot com for further discussion go to our facebook page that is at facebook dot com ford slash a.j. inside story of course you can also join the conversation on twitter our handle is
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glide towards the precipice without resistance we are past the danger has already happened. it was then just ten years ago. now this is it. this is al-jazeera. hello i'm fully back in doha this is the news hour on al-jazeera coming up in the next sixty minutes preliminaries all star announcing thailand's first election since a military coup five years ago. one of a million people desperate for food to revisit a village in kenya at the center of
a drought crisis also this hour the u.s. attorney general prepares to release details of an investigation into russia need to fear and in a twenty sixteen election. i'm barbara starr in london with a top story from europe after a torrid night stranded on a cruise ship in heavy seas more than a thousand past. soldiers are finally back hunk dry land. and i'm peter standing with all the day's sports naomi osaka is out tennis is world number one suffers another defeat this time at the miami open. thank you for joining us people in thailand have been to the polls in their first general election since the military coup five years ago and the military backed political party palen prashad is leading according to preliminary results its leader and thailand's unelected prime minister. is looking to keep his job through
the ballot box opposition party leader and former prime minister abhisit vejjajiva has resigned after poor results scott hydro reports from bangkok. thailand an elected leader for the last five years voting early on election day. is looking to keep his job through the ballot box he became prime minister after the military coup in two thousand and fourteen he's the candidate of the military backed party. i hope everyone who was in the election today to exercise your rights everyone wants democracy therefore everyone should exercise their rights in the transparency the opposition party put thai linked to exiled former prime minister talks and has won every election since two thousand and one in early counting it's neck and neck with hollande. and a new political party in this election a future forward which targeted young and first time voters is also enjoying stronger than expected results. thailand's oldest political party the democrats
which has had a strong base in bangkok suffer disappointing results its leader and former prime minister obviously it away resigned a few hours after the polls closed the military government had a big head start going into election day the constitution gives military leaders the power to appoint the two hundred fifty member senate voters elect the five hundred seat lower house the number needed to form a government is three hundred seventy six some see this election as a building process back to democracy after five years of military rule why i said this election is not just about choosing a candidate but it's also about really creating the foundation for democracy i took from my feeling. very difficult for me to shoot. was my living entity i've seen almost the same i did people many people in thailand i see maybe i've also seen the fifty percent who did not make the decision the election commission says sixty five percent of registered voters made their way to the polls
a practice to show transparency each ballot is read aloud before it's being recorded now this process is being replicated it more than ninety two thousand polling stations across thailand for volatility after the election and is very possible because the numbers you know the rules are stacked in the military government's favor but the numbers the electoral numbers are stacked on the opposition's favor so we have some kind of some tension there some some deadlock and that deadlock could do more than frustrate many ties it could also make it difficult for the government to run the country it's got harder al-jazeera bangkok and al-jazeera straw and so he has more from chiang mai the stronghold of former prime minister thaksin shinawatra. were in the district center of sun campaigning that's the hometown of former prime minister the top since you know what ballot papers from polling stations across the district been taken here for a final. announcement tally on preliminary results taken from the election
commission's website showed how long the military backed party in the lead overall this is an unexpected result especially as opinion polls taken just days before voting stopped it had suggested that. toxin would be in the lead analysts some analysts had said but even if i didn't win enough to form the next government it would have a chance to form a coalition government. say they are shocked they are surprised some remain optimistic because they say these are still preliminary results in the north and northeast and parts of the country have long to live with election victories to thompson and his allies have not lost a single election since two thousand and one but it appears that perhaps this time that support may not be enough. in other world news kenya's government is warning that more than a million people are at risk of starvation as a severe drought grips the northern half of the country rainfall has been you know
for months and that has affected crops people are finding it hard to feed themselves and just last year kenya experience its worst flash flooding in recent memory thousands of acres of farmland were destroyed half a million people lost their homes the government denies that anyone has died from hunger but critics claim as many as twenty have already starved to death catherine sori reports from turkana county one of the worst affected areas. it's weltering in the more i religious from this dry desolate land here to the sea food aid from the humanitarian agency world vision is a drought in kenya and the government says up to a million people in thirteen of the country's forty seven counties need argent help herders in the northwest region of two cana a some of the worst affected here they receive saugor rice bins and cooking oil to last them at least a few weeks i'm
a little but i am very happy to see this food and make sure it lasts longer for my four children before you go away from community centers the more desperate the situation gets etsy can loria ban says how fourteen year old son long narrow died last month from my nutrition. we did not have food so you just used to and fruit you grew week by the day until that's when some when we first met us food the only volunteer health worker in the village shoes those were long hours buried the government denies others have also died of hunger. he was just bones he had never come to the health center for any treatment of any other ailments he had just been eating wild fruits and nothing else. wild food which grows near reavers is what you can as return to when they can't find other food at accounts has found is doing its best to feed his remaining family until more help comes. over we just need
help if we don't get it then we'll just continue eating the fruit and wait to die there's nothing else i can do the government blames the drought on delayed drains the crisis is made worse by a locust invasion last year i mean all diseases and conflict many in this village escaped another area after cattle rustlers attacked them and stored the animals it's midday now we've been in this village for a couple of hours and we haven't seen many people making break first lunch most of them are saying they don't have anything for dinner as well they say that they've run out of food aid they received at the beginning of the month lucky mayor quis boiling the last of her cheek piece i borrowed from a neighbor of the sleeping hungry yesterday i know i'll have to share the food with those who don't have she tells us. in this village and many others that are harder to reach time is of the essence of delayed response to their plight will only make
things worse catherine soy al-jazeera. northwest kenya. childs low kioto is a minister in charge of disaster management intercon a county he says reports that the deaths were caused from starvation still cannot be verified. confirming that it is the you know they're there they're parameters and ministries ministry that is supposed to confirm that yes this is from monga and not from from what he says so the death. according to to me that's come out because from the count to now is. facing hard times because of droughts which was caused by a short range long range of. brains the failing in some parts and also having the so trains that as opposed to come in october october november and december which
failed completely so because the rains failed then there were on. their water sources now distress then those areas are now would know to be planted and did know as you say livestock passed on communities which form three quarters of the population of this code to have moved those border lanes where they also conflict with their neighbors on resource sharing. cholera malaria and other diseases are threatening survivors a cycle on a die in southern africa more than seven hundred people are confirmed killed across the region and that number is expected to rise much of the port city of bear are in mozambique is damaged or destroyed survivors have been telling our correspondent tony berkley about their ordeal. they are tired and traumatized but at least these victims of cyclon eat i are safe now each one has their own harrowing story about the time the storms came each day more of them come mostly from boozy district.
on monday to is sixty five years of age he had a smallholding and lived alone he was rescued after spending four days stuck in a tree without food he says his life is changed forever by fellow gabriel whose little five eleven i have nothing to go back to my farm my house all were destroyed there is nothing left i need to start afresh but i don't know how. he lives here now in the sim or in michelle's school in bira along with twelve hundred other displaced people. the scene arrived on saturday after surviving for four days on the roof of a church in boozy her foot was infected after she stepped on a piece of submerged roofing while waiting to safety her future like many others is something she finds difficult to contemplate i was i from now on life will be difficult i will need food i will need shelter he's crying for food now but i don't
know what he will be crying for when we go back. these people are getting three meals a day and access to medical care so safe and sound and drive but they have no idea when they'll be able to go back to their homes that is if they have a home to go back to was. the massive emergency operation involves dozens of countries and it's costing more than fifty million dollars but the focus is now changing at the moment think that they can. the cute phase of risk is pretty much all those people need to be lifted out of raging water. people and trees and the top of causes most of that is as as as those people most of those people have been received what the think the focus area at the moment is relief getting that relief to the people who need it is now an urgent.