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Sudanese general sworn in as head of sovereign council

The leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, has now been sworn in as leader of the newly established sovereign council. Other ten members of the council are also to be sworn in later on Wednesday. The council replaces the Transitional Military Council that Burhan headed earlier. It is now the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers. Lt-Gen Burhan will be in charge of the Sovereign Council for the first 21 months. A civilian will then…

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Sudan’s Omar Bashir got millions from Saudi Arabia

The source of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir finances have been revealed during the start of his trial. On Monday prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is facing a corruption trial months after he was toppled in a coup carried out by the military. In court Bashir dressed in white attire listened to proceedings without commenting. He was seen through a metal cage. That was his first appearance in a Khartoum courtroom for his trial. Bashir has been charged with illicit possession…

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Sudan’s army and civilians sign power-sharing deal

Sudan’s military council and the opposition alliance have signed a major power-sharing deal in the capital Khartoum. The agreement signed on Saturday now ushers a country gripped by political crisis and violence into a new era. Hopefully the deal should eventually lead to a civilian rule when elections are held at the end of the transition period. There will be a new governing council made up of both civilians and generals and the task is to work towards elections within three years. The deal was signed by Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti”…

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Egypt’s Military is the most powerful in Africa

Egypt’s Military has been ranked the most powerful in Africa, placing 12th most powerful military in the world. The new list of military rankings was released by Globalfirepower. The Egyptian Armed Forces had a Power Index score of 0.2283. Algeria’s military came second (27th in the world) while that of South Africa placed third (32nd in the world). The Nigerian Armed Forces however ranked as the fourth most powerful military on the African continent and placed 44th in the global ranking. The fifth most powerful military in Africa was that…

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Tunisia: 26 candidates approved for presidential race

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Wednesday sad it has approved 26 candidates to run for president next month. Those approved include two women, the electoral commission said. 71 other applicants were rejected after the commission received 98 nomination forms. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed got his candidacy approved as he faces a major task to win the presidential race. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary elections were originally…

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Libya: 3 U.N. staff killed in Benghazi car bomb explosion

Three U.N staff have been killed in a car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The three U.N. staff were killed alongside two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said. The attack came as the United Nations was brokering a truce in the capital Tripoli, where the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force launched a surprise attack in April. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack in a statement. The African Union has also condemned the attack. I condemn in the strongest possible terms,…

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Tunisia: 98 candidates in race to become president

A total of 98 people including Tunisia’s prime minister have submitted their documents to run for president. The country’s electoral commission set Friday as deadline for registration of candidates. On Friday alone, 42 people registered their candidacy for the presidential election. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Thursday he would run for president and went ahead to submit his application. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary…

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Libya: Air strike on Murzuq kills more than 40

Over 40 people have been killed following an air strike on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq. Reuters reported that the Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar confirmed a strike late on Sunday. The Eastern Libyan forces however denied targeting any civilians. Last month five doctors were also killed in a similar air strike on a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli. That was also carried out by a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta. Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to…

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Sudan crisis: Constitutional declaration signed by factions

Sudan’s opposition coalition and the military rulers on Sunday signed a constitutional declaration which will now pave the way to form a transitional government. On Saturday both factions agreed on a deal towards a new transitional government following the toppling of long time leader, Omar al-Bashir. The deal was struck after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said after months of protests and killings. Sunday’s signing ceremony was mere formalities but was attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators. These mediators helped broker the accord. Ethiopian mediator Mahmoud Drir said…

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Sudan crisis: Factions agree on new transitional government

Sudan’s military leaders have agreed on a deal with the main opposition coalition to make way for a new transitional government. The deal was struck on Saturday after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said. Both factions have been negotiating for a new transitional government since April when longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a coup. The African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt who made the announcement on Saturday did not give any details. “I am announcing to the Sudanese, African and international public opinion that the two delegations…

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