- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

CANADA

Queen’s representative ends dual citizenship

OTTAWA — Canada’s next governor general has given in to pressure and renounced her dual French citizenship, days before being sworn into the vice regal role.

Michaelle Jean, 48, was named last month by Prime Minister Paul Martin as the 27th representative of Queen Elizabeth. She is to be sworn in today at a ceremony in Ottawa. Mrs. Jean was born in Haiti and moved to Montreal when she was 6. She went on to become a television journalist for both the French and English networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

She became a French citizen after marrying a French filmmaker and adopting a Haitian baby, now 6, the Ottawa Sun reported. However, her dual citizenship provoked an outcry in the press, prompting Mrs. Jean to issue a statement Sunday to end concerns over her allegiance.

MEXICO

PRI candidate leads for Coahuila governor

SALTILLO — The country’s former ruling party had a strong lead Sunday in northern Coahuila state’s gubernatorial race, the last state election before the presidential vote next summer.

With nearly half the votes counted late Sunday, Humberto Moreira had 57 percent, compared with 33 percent for Sen. Jorge Zermeno, 56, a lawyer running with President Vicente Fox’s National Action Party.

A victory by Mr. Moreira would serve as another boost for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to which he belongs, which controlled Mexico’s presidency from 1929 until losing to Mr. Fox in 2000. The PRI already has shown resilience this year, capturing four of the six gubernatorial elections before Sunday, and it has held power in Coahuila since its inception in 1929.

CUBA

U.S. firm seeks royalties at distance

HAVANA — A colonial mansion here became an outpost of the Chancery Division of London’s High Court yesterday as a British judge and lawyers heard evidence in a copyright dispute over music that sparked a global fad, the London Daily Telegraph reported.

The judge and two teams of attorneys came to hear a case over the British publishing rights to 14 Cuban songs whose composers are dead. Justice Lindsay, 69, allowed the attorneys to dispense with wig and gown because of the tropical heat. He wore a cream linen jacket as he told the first witness, Evelio Landa Martinez, 83, the composer of “Cha Cha Cha,” to tell “nothing but the truth.”

The case was brought by Peer International Corp. of the United States, which owned the rights to the songs before they reputedly were appropriated by Editora Musical de Cuba (EMC), after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. EMC claims it is salvaging royalties from songs that have never benefited their impoverished writers. The U.S. trade embargo stopped payments to Cuba.

Weekly notes …

Venezuelan officials are considering buying high-tech Russian submarines to replace their fleet. Navy commander Adm. Jose Laguna will discuss the purchase of Amur-class submarines with officials on an upcoming visit to Russia. Novosti reported the Venezuelan navy is considering buying three of the diesel-electric submarines. The Russian subs come with the latest anti-ship weapons systems and can fire missiles and torpedoes from 10 tubes in the bow. … A U.S. businessman whose bid to run for president of Haiti was rejected by electoral authorities vowed over the weekend to fight for a spot on the ballot in his native land’s first election since the February 2004 ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Dumarsais Simeus, owner of one of the largest black-owned businesses in the United States, asked the Provisional Electoral Council to reverse its decision to block his Nov. 20 candidacy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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