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MONTREAL – A gunman opened fire during a midnight victory rally for Quebec’s first female premier-elect Pauline Marois, killing one person and critically wounding another, reports CNN.

The shooting cast a shadow over preliminary results indicating that the separatist Parti Quebecois was set to form a minority government after spending nine years in opposition, reports BBC News.

La Presse reports that the premier-elect was whisked off the stage by security guards, before returning to the stage to thank her supporters and ask the crowd to calmly evacuate the venue.

A 45-year-old man was fatally shot, and a 30-year-old man was in critical condition, reports The Guardian. A third man was treated in hospital for nervous shock.

The suspect is believed to be a 50-year-old man who appeared to be wearing a black ski or balaclava mask and a blue bathrobe over black clothes.

As the gunman was led away by the police, reports say he shouted in French: "The English are waking up! It’s gonna be fucking payback."

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Ms Marois, 63, is now set to become the first female Premier of the province of Quebec.

The secessionist PQ won 54 of the province's 125 seats with 31.9 percent of the vote.

The election was called after a student strike over university tuition fee hikes and the Liberal government’s crackdown on student protesters caused unrest across the province, writes The Guardian. Marois has promised a tuition freeze until a summit on higher education financing is held.

It is unclear if the newly elected premier will request a new referendum on the separation of Quebec from the rest of Canada.

During her victory speech, Marois said that the right of Anglophone Quebecers would be respected, CBC reported.

"We share the same history, and I want us to shape together our future," she said in English.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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