welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... continuing chaos in sri lanka, as more crowds occupy the presidential palace — they say they'll stay until there are resignations. this is a really surreal moment for sri lanka. a building that is normally heavily fortified, now a free—for—all. japan's governing ldp is set to increase its majority in the upper house, following an election overshadowed by the assassination of its former boss, shinnzo abe. in the uk, ten candidates are now vying to take over from borisjohnson as prime minister — but whose tax plans are the best to revive the economy? and in tennis, victory
is sweet for novak djokovic, who wins his seventh wimbledon men's singles title. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am in singapore, and 3.30am in colombo, sri lanka — where protestors have been celebrating what they believe to be the toppling of the country's leadership. president rajapaksa — whose family has dominated sri lankan politics for the best part of two decades — has announced he will step down on wednesday after demonstrators stormed his official residence and set fire to the prime minister's house. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan reports from inside the presidential palace, which is still overrun by protesters.
these scenes would have been unthinkable days ago. sri lanka's seat of presidential power — now a sightseeing destination. security nowhere to be seen, as thousands push their way into a palace taken over by protesters. this is a really surreal moment for sri lanka. a building that is normally heavily fortified, now a free—for—all. at president rajapaksa's private pool, we meet carpenter ruan chiminda, who's taking a dip, a moment of relief after he walked hours to join the protests. translation: my kids are hungry. we don't have fuel. we don't have cooking gas. we don't even have fuel to do ourjobs properly. how does it feel to swim in the president's personal pool? i'm happy.
i'm so happy. moments ofjoy and curiosity. but where does this leave the future of the island? the man who once lived here, president gotabaya rajapaksa, has now fled and is expected to step down this week. a lot of the people here need to also witness the fact that — how rich and wealthy and luxurious their lives are. even this place, how grand, how big the house is. various people have been dying and have been suffering to fight for their basic necessities. as they look around the lavish rooms, sri lankans continue to contend with a deepening economic crisis. is this the right thing to do? is this the right way to go about it, storming the presidential palace? well, the people have been demanding
for the president to step down. we've asked him to step down multiple times. so the people are realising that, well, unless we physically go and take him out of the chair, he's not going to leave. and when will your protests stop? when will you be satisfied? when will i personally be satisfied? if we go to a new election and hopefully people will vote for principles, morals, and ideals that the person running for the election holds and not the person itself — because when it comes to politics in sri lanka, it's personality—centric. after months of frustration, this feels like a release — crowds surging through the doors to get inside this presidential palace and get a peek of what life is like for sri lanka's political class. a palace overrun, a country in crisis. protesters say they won't leave until the president officially
quits, but even once he does, who can save this nation in need? for sri lanka, the challenges keep on coming. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, colombo. astonishing scenes there. sri lanka's caretaker president mahinda yapa abeywardena spoke to bbc radio in the last few hours. he insisted that president rajapaksa would return by wednesday, when he's promised to resign. at the moment, he's, er, he's somewhere out in a nearby country. he will come back on tuesday — wednesday, he will be here. he told me he would be here. there's going to be a vote in the house. the international monetary fund said it was closely monitoring the situation, and was prepared to help the cash—strapped island weather its deepest economic crisis.
shanta devarajan is a professor at georgetown university, a former acting chief economist at the world bank, now an adviser liaising between international financial institutions and the sri lankan government — hejoins me now. it's great to get you on the programme, professor. just to say looking at the scenes that we've seen and my colleague's report, it is increasingly delicate and very precarious time in sri lanka. what is your advice, in terms of the economy and how to manage it going forward? the economy and how to manage it going forward? , ., ., ., ., forward? the situation at the moment is extremely — forward? the situation at the moment is extremely serious _ forward? the situation at the moment is extremely serious in _ forward? the situation at the moment is extremely serious in economic- is extremely serious in economic terms. and that is why the people are so angry — because the reason why sri lanka has no foreign exchange at the moment is because of the misguided policies of the rajapaksa administration. for two rajapa ksa administration. for two years, rajapaksa administration. for two years, they've actually been
bleeding the country dry. now that's why they're angry with rajapaksa and stormed the president's palace, and so on. at the point is even when rajapaksa leaves, the debt problem and macro economic crisis will remain. so we have to be solving that problem, and that's what we've been working on for the last six months — working with the imf and various stakeholders in sri lanka to devise a reform programme, and economic reform programme that will try to reverse some of these policies that got us into trouble in the first place, and try to put sri lanka... the first place, and try to put sri lanka. .. �* the first place, and try to put sri lanka... �* ., , lanka. .. but looking at the events of this weekend, _ lanka. .. but looking at the events of this weekend, as you _ lanka. .. but looking at the eventsi of this weekend, as you point out, people are very angry — but what prospects are there of any bailout from internationalfinancial institutions, given that not too long ago, the world bank said it wouldn't provide any financial assistance to sri lanka until, and this is a quote from them, "adequate
macroeconomic policy frameworks are in place." how is that even possible now? . , , . , , in place." how is that even possible now? . ,, ~ ., now? that is precisely what we are t in: to now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, _ now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, and _ now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, and i _ now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, and i think- now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, and i think it - now? that is precisely what we are trying to achieve, and i think it is l trying to achieve, and i think it is possible to have an adequate economic framework in place possibly in the next 2—3 months. and once that has been achieved, and that would involve both a macro economic and fiscal adjustment, many of which have actually already been put in place by the government in the last 2-3 place by the government in the last 2—3 months, but also an agreement on restructuring the country's debt. once those two are achieved together, and that could be in about 2-3 together, and that could be in about 2—3 months, that would bring in additionalforeign 2—3 months, that would bring in additional foreign exchange from the imf itself, about $100 million, about $1 billion from the world bank and another $1 billion from the asian development bank. so that is what we are trying to achieve over the next 2—3 months. now the big problem, and your right to point out that this is a crisis, is what to do in the next 2—3 months — because
right now, as i said... just briefly. — right now, as i said... just briefly, what _ right now, as i said... just briefly, what are - right now, as i said... just briefly, what are you - right now, as i said... just briefly, what are you hoping, or what do you expect to see happen? what needs to happen in order to get this assistance?— this assistance? over the next 2-3 months. what _ this assistance? over the next 2-3 months, what we _ this assistance? over the next 2-3 months, what we are _ this assistance? over the next 2-3 months, what we are hoping - this assistance? over the next 2-3 months, what we are hoping to . this assistance? over the next 2-3 i months, what we are hoping to get, and there have been some very positive signals, it's what's called bridge financing, a foreign exchange from countries like india, japan, possibly china and others, that will enable sri lanka to buy the necessary imports like fuel, food, pharmaceuticals, fertiliser that it needs until we have reached that macro economic programme. thank you for “oininu macro economic programme. thank you forjoining us— macro economic programme. thank you forjoining us on — macro economic programme. thank you forjoining us on the _ macro economic programme. thank you forjoining us on the programme, - forjoining us on the programme, professor. japan's governing coalition of the liberal democrats and komeito appear to be on track to increase their majority in the upper house.
the result would strengthen prime minister fumio kishida's aim to reform japan's pacifist post—war constitution — the ambition of his predecessor, shinzo abe, who was assassinated on friday, in a killing that has shocked the nation. for more on this, we're joined now by william pesek, columnist and author based in tokyo — he writes on economics and politics for forbes and nikkei asia. it's great to get you on the programme, william. and looking at those polls, analysts had initially expected, as i understand, the very low voter turnout for the selection — that didn't happen, and voters were sort of galvanised to go and express themselves at polling booths. why do you think that is? well, part of it is a sympathy vote, certainly. former prime minister shinzo abe was a bit of a polarising figure, but certainly there was a bit of a sympathy vote. also, i think it was for manyjapanese think it was for many japanese voters a think it was for manyjapanese voters a way think it was for many japanese voters a way of think it was for manyjapanese voters a way of reminding the world that democracy matters to us and we
will vote no matter what happens in terms of violence in this country. indeed, william, and in terms of the issues as i understand, it was things like the cost of living, security crisis, as well, with russia and ukraine — but it seems that this result, or the eventual result appears to pave the way for prime minister fumio kishida's government to be able to revise the constitution. how likely do you think that is?— think that is? well, i think the bi aer think that is? well, i think the bigger issue — think that is? well, i think the bigger issue is _ think that is? well, i think the bigger issue is reforms. - thinkthat is? well, i thinkthe l bigger issue is reforms. inflation is rising injapan, japan in some cases getting the highest inflation in the region for about lio years. there's a lot of concern about important inflation. so for prime minister fumio kishida, this mandate is really a chance for him to in many ways accelerate his economic reform programme. but the issue of
constitutional reform, as you mentioned, prime minister shinzo abe's passion was redefining japan's military role in the world. prime minister fumio kishida is a somewhat less polarising figure and arguably this mandate will give him a chance to redouble those efforts. it's likely to happen in the next year or two, guest. i5 likely to happen in the next year or two. guest-— two, guest. is there appetite amonust two, guest. is there appetite amongst the _ two, guest. is there appetite amongst the japanese - two, guest. is there appetite amongst the japanese public| two, guest. is there appetite i amongst the japanese public for two, guest. is there appetite - amongst the japanese public for the constitution to be reformed and revised in this way?— constitution to be reformed and revised in this way? well, i think there is appetite _ revised in this way? well, i think there is appetite and, _ revised in this way? well, i think there is appetite and, given - revised in this way? well, i think i there is appetite and, given china's aggression in the region, certainly there's appetite when japan aggression in the region, certainly there's appetite whenjapan looks at ukraine and once its government to play a bigger role in world affairs. but i think some of the appetite is about the prime minister doing it the right way. and because the prime minister is a less polarising figure than shinzo abe was, i think you might have a bigger chance of appealing to the public and encouraging this change in the
constitution. i think a lot of japanese want a referendum — if you do it the right way, you get a public mandate to change the constitution, and it's probably a better way to go about it. shinzo abe never had the patience for it. fumio kishida could do and it would give him the green light. and fumio kishida could do and it would give him the green light. ﬁnd iii give him the green light. and if indeed a referendum _ give him the green light. and if indeed a referendum of- give him the green light. and if indeed a referendum of that . give him the green light. and if. indeed a referendum of that sort does take place injapan, what do you think the likely reaction would be from japan's neighbours to that? well, it would not be a great reaction. i think in many ways, if japan deliberately does this the right way, with a public mandate and frames at the right way, there's no reason why this step should not be accepted globally. in many ways, japan has been somewhat of a model citizen for decades now in the asian region, and certainly china's increased defence spending and aggression in the region in many ways gives japan aggression in the region in many
ways givesjapan a very aggression in the region in many ways gives japan a very valid reason to alter its constitution. again, it's just a matter of doing it deliberately and transparently, and doing at the right way with public backing. and prime minister fumio kishida might now have that mandate to do it. he's got about three years now arguably, without having to face a national election. so he has the time to make his case, and i think he will. ~ ., ., . ., he will. william, thanks so much for “oininu us he will. william, thanks so much for joining us on — he will. william, thanks so much for joining us on the _ he will. william, thanks so much for joining us on the programme - he will. william, thanks so much for joining us on the programme from l joining us on the programme from tokyo. the british foreign secretary, liz truss, has become the latest to join the contest to succeed borisjohnson as conservative leader and prime minister. with the cost of living soaring, tax is becoming a key issue. several candidates are promising cuts — as political correspondent jonathan blake reports. the pace is picking up in the race to be the next prime minister and, this morning, on bbc one, two key contenders put forward their plans. one has kept his distance from borisjohnson. there are a lot of very angry voters after what's happened in the last few months and they're not
going to come back to us automatically. choosing me would be a very strong signal. the other�*s resignation triggered his departure. once you lose confidence in your boss, your prime minister, i don't think you can hide that. i think you have tojust be honest with your boss and with yourself. tax cuts is the big battleground of this contest, and both would let companies keep more of their profits. sajid javid also cutting income tax sooner than planned, and he'd scrap the rise in national insurance agreed while he was in government. if we don't have the tax cuts, we won't get the growth and, if we don't get the growth, we won't be able to sustain the public services. that's a much greater risk. in all my time in government, i've never come across a decision — especially the big decisions — that don't involve risk one way or the other. mr hunt warned against personal tax cuts too soon and said reducing business rates was the way to encourage growth. the number one priority with me
with my business experience is to get the economy growing, and that's why... ..not necessarily the most retail tax cuts, but the things that will boost business, make us an attractive business environment, use our brexit freedoms to turn ourselves into the world's next silicon valley... another new entrant to the race promising, yes, tax cuts straight away. i think it's very important, as we have this cost—of—living squeeze, that people get money back in their pockets, and quickly. these promises are what conservative mps want to hear. but cutting taxes usually means spending less or borrowing more, and there are warnings about the consequences. if you are going to cut taxes and increase borrowing, probably the time you don't really want to do it is when prices are already rising at 10% or more, because that means putting more money into the economy and therefore more pressure on to inflation. the one exception so far is rishi sunak, who as chancellor put up certain taxes and now
suggests any cuts would have to wait. today, his successor, nadhim zahawi, hit back at reports authorities were looking into his personal tax affairs, saying he has been smeared and vowing to answer any questions. our leadership has to change... the trade minister, penny morduant�*s campaign hit an early hitch — her promotional video re—edited to remove well—known figures. and confirming her bid to be prime minister tonight, liz truss becomes the tenth candidate and promised tax cuts from day one. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... novak djokovic has won his fourth consecutive wimbledon title, beating nick kyrgios in four sets.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... the speaker of the sri lankan parliament says president gotabaya rajapaksa fled the island following the storming of his official residence. japan's governing ldp is set to increase its majority in the upper house folllowing an election overshadowed by the assassination of its former boss, shinnzo abe. leaked documents show president emmanuel macron and a former eu competition commissioner held a series of private meetings with uber. at the time, the ride—sharing app had been banned in france and sparked protests across europe from taxi drivers who felt their livelihoods were being threatened. as part of an investigation by the international consortium of investigativejournalists, the bbc has discovered how uber used political contacts to get what it wanted. richard bilton reports.
when uberfirst arrived in france, it started a taxi war. but while many cab—drivers were on the streets, the leak shows uber had a friend in government. the documents show that despite uber offering an illegal service, emmanuel macron, then minister for economic and digital affairs, agreed to help them change the law. the leak shows uber offered to draft new legislation and thanked mr macron for his cooperation. president macron's spokesperson said it was his job to work with tech companies and to remove barriers. the leak shows how uber went about changing laws and rules around the world.
in 2016, the documents show their lobbying and pr budget was $90 million. 90 million is an enormous amount of money. the bottom line is that companies spend that amount of money because they want to influence decision—making. it gives them access. the documents seem to show the company's former chief executives saying violence could be good for uber. when told that uber drivers in france could be attacked, he messaged, "if we have 50,000 riders, they won't and can't do anything." "i think it's worth it, violence guarantee success." a spokesperson for travis denied that he'd ever suggested uber should take advantage of violence. across europe, including france, uber muscled into the big cities.
but the mp appointed by france's president to deal with uber was not impressed. how would you, in one word, describe the way uber goes its business? translation: cowboys. they put one foot in the door, and then break the door wide open. and once they're in, you're forced to deal with them — for better or for worse. the company says no one at uber has ever been happy about violence, and safety is a top priority. uber denies its lobbying was secret and adds that engagements with government are now both in line with the law and also transparent. but more revelations are set to be released, showing how uber took over the world. richard bilton, bbc news. let's take a look at some other
stories in the headlines... police in south africa are trying to trace the gunmen responsible for a shooting at a bar in which 15 people died. nine others were wounded in the attack, which happened in the township of soweto. president cyril ramaphosa, has said he cannot allow violent criminals to terrorise people. rescuers in ukraine are continuing to search for some 20 people who are believed to be under the rubble of an apartment block in eastern ukraine that was largely destroyed in a russian rocket attack. at least 15 people were killed in saturday's attack, in the town of chasiv yar. last—minute negotiations are continuing at the united nations to try to extend by another year authorisation for cross—border aid to reach north—western syria. it's due to expire at the end of sunday. the authorisation — which bypasses permission from the syrian government — has allowed aid into the country since 2014. president biden says he's asked
officials to check whether he has the authority to declare an abortion—related public health emergency. he's under pressure from fellow democrats to do more to protect abortion rights, following last month's supreme court ruling. at wimbledon, novak djokovic has beaten nick kyrgios in the men's singles finals. they battled it out for three hours on centre court. our sports correspondent chetan pathak was there. a seventh wimbledon title brings him level now with pete sampras, and it's 21 grand slams — that takes him ahead of roger federer, who was on 20, and just one within rafael nadal�*s men's singles record of 22. djokovic's numbers here are staggering, it's 39 consecutive wins now on centre court. not been beaten here since 2017, fourth consecutive wimbledon title. he's seen off nick kyrgios in four sets — the australian took the first
set and it made some think this could be a possible upset. but time and again with novak djokovic, even at these championships — think about his semifinal against britain's cameron norrie, where he lost the first set, and his quarterfinal againstjannik sinner, he lost the first two — djokovic is so good at resetting and coming back. and within the second, third and fourth sets, he never really looked in trouble thereafter. for nick kyrgios, there were the moments we are used to seeing from him — the chuntering at the umpire, upset with some decisions, upset with his own box, his friends and family who he felt weren't always giving him the support he wanted. he was particularly annoyed with somebody in the crowd — when the umpire said, "who is it specifically?" he said, "it's the woman who looks like she's had 700 drinks." he was finding those usual frustrating moments — and i think for djokovic on the other side of the net, he thought, "you do all that, i'll stick to the tennis." and djokovic winning in four sets for a fourth consecutive wimbledon title, like i said. before we go, let me show you these pictures. in australia, the landmark
sydney opera house has lit up in the colours of the japanese flag to honour the japan's former prime minister, shinzo abe. japanese expats in australia said it was the only place to pay their respects to him. hello. sunday, scotland and northern ireland saw their highest temperatures of the year so far. monday could well be the turn of wales and england. so, feeling just as hot out there, if not hotter. and a lot of sunshine, yes, though increasing high cloud will turn things hazier out there. and if you're looking for rain, this is the next five days — while some will push in towards northwestern areas, not very much, mind you, but where temperatures are at their highest for the next couple of days at least, well, it will stay mainly dry, just exacerbating the very dry conditions out there with high pressure close by. although some changes from low pressure slowly, as we go through the next few days. a lot of sunshine as monday begins, temperatures rocketing. misty, low cloud just pulling away from some irish sea coasts. and increasing high cloud from the north, again, turning things hazier out there, and temperatures widely into the upper 20s, from eastern
scotland through wales, a large swathe of england, 30 or above, maybe 33 in southeast england. strong sunshine, high, very high uv levels, cooler sea breezes around the coast. going into monday night, look at the change for northern ireland and scotland from that low pressure system i showed you. we see some outbreaks of rain moving in. ahead of all of that, though, it will be a much warmer night going into tuesday, and that does make it tougherfor sleeping — the house really doesn't want to cool down after it's been so hot during the day. well, slowly, we take some outbreaks of rain away from scotland, northern ireland on tuesday, where it'll be cooler, fresher, brightening up the chance of a shower, breezier, too. thicker cloud with maybe the odd splash of rain working into parts of wales and england, bringing temperatures down a little — though, still for east anglia and the southeast into the low 30s with for london, for example, a heat wave continuing to be throughout the week and into next weekend, whereas elsewhere, it will cool off a touch. wednesday brings temperatures much closer to average, particularly across northern areas of the uk. some patches of cloud, the chance of a few showers around —
for many, though, it'll be staying dry. still into the upper 20s in southeast england — for most locations, though, well shy of that at this stage, and thankfully, if you're not a fan of the heat. looking further ahead whilst scotland and northern ireland, no great change, wales and england heat up again — oook at that temperature, potentially for london into next weekend. just want to show you the uk high temperature record — there is a concern that this will come under threat next weekend, not a guarantee, but there's a potentialfor some extreme heat to build in across southern areas next weekend. that's certainly something we're watching.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are camilla turner, chief political correspondent at the telegraph and kate bevan, writer and broadcaster. welcome back to you both. tomorrow's from pages look like this, the telegraph's front page focuses on foreign secretary liz truss's bid to be the next conservative leader. they report she'll "cut taxes from day one". the times also mentions liz truss, but says home secretary priti patel will launch a leadership bid tomorrow too.