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Sudan’s Prime Minister resigns amid mass protests

– – Sudan’s civilian prime-minister, Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday resigned from his position as mass protests against the military take-over continue. There has been a political deadlock in the country for months after the military carried out a coup against the civilian led transitional government. Hamdok was removed from office by the soldiers but re-instated when citizens started marching on the streets for a return to civilian rule. He decided to take up the role hoping that will stop the protests and killings of protesters. But in a televised speech…

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Libya: Presidential bid of Gaddafi’s son sparks controversy

– – The presidential bid of the son of former Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi has sparked controversy in the North African nation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has announced he is running for president in next month’s elections. The election commission said on Sunday that Seif al-Islam completed “all the required legal conditions”. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi “submitted… his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” it said in a statement. This will be Libya’s first ever direct presidential election, with a first…

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Sudan’s army forms new government after coup

– – Sudan’s army that carried out a coup last month has announced the formation of a new government. The coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane rejected calls for him to re-instate the toppled civilian prime minister by the international community. He quickly dissolved the government on October 25 after he led the coup, arresting civilian leaders that were part of the transitional government. The soldiers then declared a state of emergency in the country, but there has been pressure across the world for the military to led go power.…

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Sudan: Another coup as military dissolves civilian government

– – Sudan’s military on Monday dissolved the transitional civilian government after arresting political leaders following another coup. The soldiers led by Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders has now declared a state of emergency. He blamed the current military take-over on political infighting within the civilian government. Protesters earlier took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum resulting in clashes between them and soldiers amid gunfire. There have been reports of some injuries following the clashes. Heavily armed soldiers have been…

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Sudan’s political transition in crisis amid pro-military protests

– – Sudan’s political transition is facing a major crisis amid pro-military protests by some citizens demanding the dissolution of the civilian government. The pro-military Sudanese protesters held another rally on Sunday, which is a second day of protest. They gathered outside the presidential palace in central Khartoum demanding the dissolution of the interim government, claiming it has failed politically and economically. These protests are coming at a time that cracks have emerged among the transitional government ruling the country. The civilian transitional government was installed following a coup sparked…

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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reaches tennis top 10

Ons Jabeur will become the first Arab tennis player to reach the top 10 in the world rankings after reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals. The Tunisian beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3 win to reach the last four of a WTA 1,000 tournament for the first time. It was the 27-year-old’s 48th win of the season – more than any other player on the WTA Tour this season. “This is a dream coming true,” said Jabeur. “Top 10 I know is the beginning. I know I deserve this place from…

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Algeria starts producing its own Covid-19 vaccines

– – Algeria has now started producing its own Covid-19 vaccines as it announces plans to produce 8 million doses each month. Production started on Wednesday according to the country’s Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane. The Covid-19 vaccine being produced in Algeria was developed by Chinese firm Sinovac. Algerian officials said the development is a major achievement following the launch of the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantine. “Algeria aims to achieve other projects of this kind,” Benabderrahmane said with officials saying production could be doubled in…

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Sudan blames allies of ex-president Bashir for failed coup

A transitional government made up of the military, civilian representatives and protest groups have been ruling as part of a power-sharing agreement. “We’re not going back… there are people trying to turn back the hands of time,” said Information Minister Hamza Baloul in a statement read on state TV. – – The Sudanese government has said the situation in the country is now “under control” but there are still agitations among some citizens. Sudan’s transition to democratic regime is still facing deep political divisions and chronic economic problems. It is…

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Former Algerian President Bouteflika buried

– – Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who died on Friday has been buried in a solemn ceremony on Sunday. There was no fanfare ceremony for the burial of the North African country’s longest-serving president. Bouteflika was buried at a cemetery for Algeria’s independence heroes, but he didn’t receive any honours accorded his predecessors. There was no lying in state for him, he got only three days of national mourning instead of eight. Sunday’s funeral was attended by his successor President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and, the minister for Algeria‘s independence fighters,…

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Libya: Gaddafi’s son released from prison

– – The third son of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital Tripoli. He has been in prison since 2014 when he was arrested and put on trial after fleeing the when his father was toppled in 2011. Sa’adi Gaddafi was commander of Libya’s Special Forces. He fled to Niger when his father was overthrown and killed. He was then extradited back to Libya, put on trial where he was found not guilty of a series of crimes including murder. Libya’s Government…

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