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Ferdinand Marcos II sworn in as president of the Philippines

Reuters Daily Briefing 30 June 2022

The son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was sworn in as president of the Philippines, completing a stunning comeback for one of Asia’s most famous political dynasties, 36 years after it was ousted in a popular uprising.

Hong Kong has overcome its challenges and “risen from the ashes”, China’s President Xi Jinping said, as he arrived in the former British colony to celebrate 25 years since its return to Chinese rule.

Japan’s electricity grid creaked under the strain of Tokyo’s hottest June since records began, but a power crunch that could have deprived tens of millions of electricity was narrowly averted and authorities prepared to lift warnings.

Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament following the collapse of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s ruling coalition, opening the way for a November 1 election that will be Israel’s fifth in less than four years. Bennett will stand down to be replaced by his coalition partner, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Security forces were heavily deployed and internet services cut in Sudan’s capital Khartoum ahead of pro-democracy protests, Reuters reporters said, the first time for months that web access had been blocked in the lead up to rallies.