Call for Muslim unity
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a message to Muslims on the occasion of the beginning of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Ayatollah Khamenei, in his message, called for unity among Muslims and urged them to remain vigilant in the face of hostile plots to incite divisions within the Islamic world.
Former Japan PM shot
Former Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe is shot during an election campaign rally ahead of the Sunday vote for the upper house. The government has called the attack an act of brutality and said it took place in the western city of Nara. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Abe is in a grave condition. Japanese media say. Abe, 67 years old, was shot from behind by a man using a shotgun. The suspect, said to be a former maritime defense force member, is in custody. Abe served as Japan’s prime minister from 2006 to 2007, and from 2012 to 2020. Countries around the globe have expressed shock and concern over the incident. Iran has expressed concern too, saying it strongly condemns the terror attack on Abe.
Johnson succession race
The race to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has begun after he stepped down on Thursday following a flood of resignations from government roles. A number of MPs and officials have shown their interest to run for the Conservative party leadership. They include the chair of the foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat. Former health secretary Sajid Javid, and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps are also considering entering the race. A timetable for the race is due to be confirmed next week. The new prime minister is expected to take office by September. Until then, Johnson will keep his job. But, many politicians from the opposition as well as his conservative party want him to leave now. In recent days, some 60 conservative MPs quit government roles at senior and junior levels. Johnson, among other things, has been under fire over the deepening cost of living crisis in the UK.