TWITTER POLL: Majority want G20 Riyadh Summit to focus on eradicating COVID-19   

TWITTER POLL: Majority want G20 Riyadh Summit to focus on eradicating COVID-19   
Online sessions between the G20 member countries are expected to be dominated by the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)
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Updated 19 November 2020

TWITTER POLL: Majority want G20 Riyadh Summit to focus on eradicating COVID-19   

TWITTER POLL: Majority want G20 Riyadh Summit to focus on eradicating COVID-19   

Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 summit on Saturday in a first for an Arab nation, where the two-day meeting of the world's wealthiest nations discuss global issues – from climate change, growing inequality and the coronavirus global pandemic. 

Online sessions between the G20 member countries are expected to be dominated by the implications of the pandemic and steps for reviving the global economy, which voters of an Arab News Twitter poll say should be the focus. 

With over 40 percent of the vote, an overwhelming majority of over 10 thousand voters say that “eradicating COVID-19” should be the main challenge the G20 summit should discuss. 

New vaccine breakthroughs have raised hopes of containing the virus, which has infected 55 million people globally and left 1.3 million dead.

G20 nations have contributed more than $21 billion to combat the pandemic, including production of vaccines, and injected $11 trillion to "safeguard" the virus-battered world economy, organizers said. 

Many voters also believed that reviving the global economy should be a prime focus of discussions, with over 23 percent of the vote. 

The spread of the coronavirus has left businesses around the world counting costs and wondering what recovery could look like.

To avoid possible credit defaults due to COVID pressures across developing nations, G20 finance ministers declared a “common framework” for an extended debt restructuring plan for virus-ravaged countries.

Meanwhile the third most voted for topic in the poll was empowering women with 18.7 percent, while fighting terrorism received over 17 percent.


‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
Updated 03 December 2020

‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
  • The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region

LONDON: A politician named after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has won a regional election in Namibia.

The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region, with 1,196 votes over his opponent’s 213.

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology and entered politics originally to fight apartheid in southern Africa.

“That I have this name doesn’t mean that I want to subjugate Oshana now. It doesn’t mean that I’m striving for world domination. My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” the region’s new district administrator said.

“It was a completely normal name for me as a child. It wasn’t until I was growing up that I realized that this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”

According to media reports, his wife calls him Adolf and he usually appears in public as Adolf Uunona, leaving out the “Hitler.” But he said it was too late to change his name or update the ballot, adding: “It’s on all the official documents.”

Adolf, or Adolph, is not an uncommon name in the former German colony of Namibia, however most of those still alive with the name were alive before the Second World War.

Namibia still has communities of German-speaking people and is visited by 120,000 Germans each year.

There are German-language newspapers, radio stations, road names, place names and a small German-speaking minority.