Spain’s crown princely couple made their way to El Salvador after spending half a week in Colombia recently. Felipe and Letizia went to the Central American country to witness the inauguration of it’s new president, Mauricio Funes.
Like Crown Princess Letizia, Funes is a former television journalist who also fought in El Salvador’s guerrilla war. He is also the latest in a string of leftist presidents to be elected in Latin America.
When they arrived on Saturday, Felipe and Letizia first opened new sedate of the Technical Office of Cooperation of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for the Development (AECID), in the Embassy of Spain. The large facility was built due to Spain being El Salvador’s biggest donor.
On Sunday, they had lunch with El Salvador’s outgoing president, Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez, at his country home in the suburbs of San Salvador.
Then on Monday came the big ceremony. The Prince and Princess of Asturias watched as Funes was sworn in as they sat with many global dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Funes is much like Barack Obama, as he promises change to his country, which has a high poverty and crime rate.
Felipe and Letizia missed the inauguration of Saca back in 2004 because their wedding.
An American-Indonesian model claims she has escaped an abusive marriage to an Malaysian prince.
Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, told reporters that 31 year-old Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Malaysia’s Kelantan state, raped and tortured her during the 10 months she was married to him.
Pinot says she was able to escape him through help of Singaporean police. She is now back with her family in Jakarta.
“I’ve been treated like an animal. I’m like his property and I was in his room and whenever he wants to play with me he just goes into the room and plays with me. I’m like an object,” she said.
Pinot’s mother, Daisy Fajarina, says she will press charges and has accused the Indonesian and Malaysian governments for covering up the abuse.
“The things I’ve been afraid of were revealed to be true. Manohara has suffered physical abuse. She’s got several razor cuts on her chest,” Fajarina told AFP on Monday.
“No parent could be silent if their child was treated in such a barbaric way.”
Pinot married the prince in a “fairy tale” wedding last August. She was once considered Indonesia’s 100 Precious Women.
However, things didn’t go preciously early on. In October, Pinot returned home and complained about her husband, only to be kidnapped and taken back to Malaysia in February.
Pinot claims she was subject to a “daily routine” of abuse, and allegedly forced, under threat of torture, to maintain a happy facade at public events. She claimed she was guarded in her bedroom and whenever she complained, was injected with drugs that made her vomit blood.
“I am still traumatized by all that happened and it has left an impact on me.”
“Sexual abuse and sexual harassment were like a daily routine for me, and he did that every time I did not want to have sexual intercourse,” Pinot was quoted as saying in The Jakarta Globe.
“I could never think a normal man could do such things.”
Pinot claims she called the Singaporean police when the royal family went there for the medical treatment of Fakhry’s father.
“The police told Fakhry that he would be held in jail if he did not let me go. No one could force me against my will in Singapore and I knew I had a chance to escape,” she said.
Pinot seized her chance by pressing the emergency button in an elevator in the Royal Plaza Hotel. Her bodyguards did not chase her since they knew it would be caught on security cameras.
Pinto blasts the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia, saying: “They made it worse by telling lies, saying that I was fine while I was suffering in Kelantan.”
Indonesia says it is promising to help the model. Her lawyer says she will undergo a medical examination to back up her claims of abuse.
Malaysian royals used to be above the law, until 1993 when a new law came into effect.
But Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said the government would not investigate the allegations.
“I think this is more of a personal matter,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. ” To date we have not been dragged into it, so we want to leave it as it is.”
The deposed imperial family of Brazil has confirmed that a member of its family was a passenger on the ill-fated Air France Flight 447.
Pedro Luis of Orleans and Braganca, a descendant of Dom Pedro II, was on his way to Luxembourg, where he works for a bank, when the plane got caught in a tumultuous thunderstorm and was struck by lightning. The plane became undetected by the radar, and presumably crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
26 year old Pedro Luis was fourth in line to the Brazilian throne, and was the son of Prince Don Antonio.
Dom Pedro II was Brazil’s last emperor.
Many descendants of Brazil’s imperial family still live in the country, and have some influence over Brazilian politics.
There was a referendum in 1993 asking Brazilians if they wanted to restore the monarchy, which obviously did not take place.
Royalty in the News will have more information as it comes in.
Monday marked an historic day for Belgium, as King Albert II became its longest living monarch.
Just five days shy of his 75th birthday, the King of the Belgians surpassed King Leopold I by one day to set this record.
King Leopold I – who was Belgium’s first King – died just six days from his 75th birthday in December of 1865.
Other Kings such as Leopold II, Albert I and Baudouin died at earlier ages.
King Leopold III died at age of 81, but had abdicated the throne some years earlier.