Africa West Africa World 

New government named by Chad’s military leaders

– – A new transitional government has been named by Military leaders in Chad led by Mahamat Idriss Déby Kaka, the son of long-time ruler Idriss Déby. President Déby died last month from injuries he sustained on the battle front with rebels. According to the army 40 ministers and their deputies have been appointed with former rebel chief, Acheick Ibn Oumar as head of the new national reconciliation ministry. Several other long-time opponents of the former president were given portfolios in the new transitional government. The military made the announcement…

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No survivors as Nigeria’s Military aircraft crashes in Abuja

– – A Boeing 350 aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force has crashed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The country’s Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika announced the crash of the military aircraft on Twitter. He wrote that “A military aircraft King Air 350 has just crashed short of our Abuja runway after reporting engine failure enroute Minna. It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm & wait for the outcome of investigation by the military, while we pray for the departed soul/souls if any. A military…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa lifts ban on use of hijab in the military

– – Female military officers in South Africa can now wear their hijabs with their military uniforms. It follows a review of the dress code of the South African military after a rights organisation challenged the policy in court. A Muslim woman, Maj Fatima Isaacs has waged a two year battle against the dress policy after she was charged with disobeying lawful commands or orders. The Legal Resources Centre said the changes followed discussions with the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF). The centre has since filed a notice to withdraw…

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Mali dissolves military junta which overthrew Keïta’s government

– – Mali’s military junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been dissolved. According to a government decree the dissolution comes exactly five months after the junta staged the coup. The decree was signed by the transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane. The junta remained in place even after the transfer of power to an interim civilian government following the 18 August 18 coup. Its dissolution was among demands made by the regional bloc, the…

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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 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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Africa Egypt North Africa World 

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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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: Unending crisis as soldiers kill students

All seems calming in Sudan but that was just not to happen after soldiers tried breaking up protesters on Monday resulting in deaths. There has been a huge outrage in the north African country with protesters demanding immediate transfer of power to a civilian regime. It follows the killing of five protesters in North Kordofan state.  At least four of those killed were secondary school students. The Sudan Professional’s Association has blamed the ruling military council for the deaths. There are indications there could be more protests in the coming…

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The Nigerian soldier who returned missing $41.5K to owner

A Nigerian air force officer is to be rewarded by the military leadership for returning a missing parcel containing 37,000 euros ($41,500) in cash to its owner. Bashir Umar, a member of the force’s Mobile Air Defence Team found the parcel containing the lost money while on routine patrol with his colleagues. He was part of the team deployed to the Kano airport, northern Nigeria, for security duties. According to the air force, instead of keeping it, Bashir Umar called the telephone number on the parcel. The phone number happens…

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