Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.
Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.
More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.
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Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was announced Friday as the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy is the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize, as announced today at a ceremony in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. The African leader will receive the award for his role in ending his country’s conflicts with neighboring Eritrea. The award ceremony is scheduled for December 10th this year, in the same city.
Negotiations of the Renaissance Dam between Egypt and Ethiopia, which concluded Saturday evening in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, reached a “dead end,” according to the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. Egypt called for the activation of Article 10 of the Declaration of Principles Agreement, which requires the participation of an international party in negotiations to mediate between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, and to bring closer views and help reach an agreement that preserves the rights of the three countries.
A military court has ordered the release of Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto, along with scores of his supporters who appeared alongside him on Saturday. Kamto and more than 90 militants of his party were persecuted by the military for “insurrection.” They are accused of calling for demonstrations against the re-election of Paul Biya in the 2018 presidential election.
Tunisians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. All indications are that voters will deliver a slap in the face to the existing parties. The expected punitive vote would probably favor younger candidates. Sunday’s elections will be the second since the new Constitution was ratified in 2014. Despite the democratic process, Tunisians live in difficult economic and social conditions. Observers expect that there will be a major shift in voter choices.
The body of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president, was finally buried yesterday in Zvimba, his rural home village. This came after weeks of wrangling between the former leader’s family and the government over his burial place. The government wanted Mugabe buried at the monument reserved for the nation’s heroes, but his family preferred a private ceremony in the former president’s rural home, arguing that was his will.
Nigerian police rescued 300 people on Thursday, mostly children and young people, who were being held in a building advertised as a special Islamic school. At least 100 had been chained in the “torture house” in Kaduna, in the north of the country. Police say the children were victims of torture and rape during their stay.
In the framework of Egypt’s efforts to retrieval the smuggled Egyptian antiquities abroad, the Egyptian State and its institutions attach great importance to preserving their heritage and civilizational history, the role played by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Antiquities in the field of restoring smuggled Egyptian antiquities, and in the framework of bilateral cooperation with the United States and the Memorandum of Understanding The foreign ministers of the two countries in November 2016 on the protection of Egyptian antiquities from smuggling, Egypt succeeded in retrieval the Egyptian artifact “Golden Coffin of the Egyptian priest Nedjemankh”, which was on display at the “Metropolitan Museum” in New York, where he participated Cary, the secretary of state at the ceremony to receive the coffin at the US Attorney’s Office in New York State, and signed the protocol on the restoration of the coffin with the US attorney in New York.
At least seven children were killed, and 64 others injured, after a school collapsed Monday morning in the suburbs of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Emergency services and the country’s authorities confirmed the accident. The injured pupils were initially 57, but the number has since risen to 64. They were all rushed to various hospitals in the city’s neighborhood for treatment.
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A number of Egyptian political parties and groups— including the Muslim Brotherhood— supported protests on Saturday, following a series of other street protests in various Egyptian cities against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. At the same time, Human Rights Watch called on the Egyptian government to refrain from suppressing protests and repeating “past violence.” The organization also called on Egyptian judicial authorities to release the arrested protesters as soon as possible.
Tunisia’s former President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who stayed in power in the North African country for over two decades, has died in Saudi Arabia. Ben Ali’s death was confirmed by Mounir Ben Salha, the Ali’s family lawyer. “Ben Ali has just died in Saudi Arabia,” he told Reuters by phone. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the death of the former leader. “We had confirmation of his death 30 minutes ago,” the ministry said, without giving further details, as reported by the AFP.
Tunisia’s Independent High Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that candidates Kais Saied and Nabil Karoui will compete in the second round of presidential elections. While Ennahda congratulated the winners, the EU said the elections were transparent.
Kais Saied, a conservative law professor, and the detained media mogul, Nabil Karoui, will most likely square it out in an apparent second round of the Tunisian presidential election, according to the elections early results. “My win brings a big responsibility to change frustration to hope,” Saied said at a local radio station on Sunday. “It is a new step in Tunisian history . . . it is like a new revolution.”
Algeria’s interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, announced Sunday night in a televised speech that presidential elections will be held on December 12. “It’s time for everybody to put the higher interests of the nation above any other considerations,” the interim leader was quoted saying so by Algeria’s official APS news agency.
Tunisia is ready to hold its second free presidential election since the 2011 revolution, which overthrew former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and sparked the Arab Spring. Elections have been planned since November last year, following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president.
The body of the Kenyan based Dutch tycoon, Tob Cohen, who went missing some days ago, has been found in his Nairobi home, thrown in a septic tank, rotting. Kenya’s director of criminal investigations, George Kinoti, has confirmed that the body had been dumped in the septic tank in Cohen’s home in Nairobi’s Kitisuru estate.
Former South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to Juba, for the first time this year, meeting President Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a bid to salvage a stalled peace deal. “The parties discussed minor issues and the principals agreed to establish transitional government by 12th November,” Michael Makuei Lueth, the Information Minister, told reporters after the meeting. Photos posted on social networks showed Kiir and Machar sitting at the same table shaking hands.
On Thursday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk announced the formation of the first government since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in April. The new government comes under a three-year power-sharing agreement between the military junta and the civilian opposition.
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95 years old. The country’s current President, Emerson Mnangagwa, has confirmed the news of his death via the social media network, Twitter. “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” he tweeted.
Five people were killed in a wave of xenophobic violence that has rocked South Africa since Saturday. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the attacks, calling them “totally unacceptable.” Close to two hundred suspected perpetrators of the attacks and looting have been arrested.
Passengers “quarantined” on a plane after a suspected Ebola virus outbreak occurred on board. Dozens of emergency services personnel are at the scene and passengers were not allowed to leave the tarmac. Photos taken from inside the aircraft by passengers showed dozens of emergency services vehicles lined up on the tarmac surrounding the plane.
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Less than a month before presidential elections in Tunisia, one of the country’s leading candidates, businessman Nabil Karoui, was arrested on Friday, accused of money laundering. The arrest seriously jeopardizes his chances of ascending to the nation’s presidency. At the same time, a television channel that he owns, Nessma TV, one of the country’s favorite television channels, was banned from covering the electoral campaigns by the authorities.
In a deadly attack that shook the West African nation yesterday, 24 of its troops were killed, seven seriously wounded and five are still missing. The attack that was carried out on a military base in northern Burkina Faso on Monday is the deadliest ever suffered by the Burkinabe army in its confrontation with jihadist groups since 2015. The opposition has since called on the resignation of the country’s current government citing incompetence and failure to safeguard the nation from external attacks.
Former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who had been in power for nearly thirty years, appeared in court in Khartoum, the capital, on charges of corruption and killing. A Sudanese prosecutor said in June that millions of dollars of foreign currency were found in sandbags at Mr. Bashir’s home. He faces other charges. Mr. Bashir’s lawyers dismiss the charges against him as unfounded.
Leaders of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, and their civilian opposition counterparts, have today officially signed a historic agreement widely viewed as an eventual possible solution to the major political crisis that has rocked the oil-rich African state for the past eight months.
An Egyptian, whose sister was detained on arrival at Cairo International Airport from Washington last month, said that family problems might be behind his sister’s arrest. Mustafa Desouki told news reporters that he was looking after his 13-year-old nephew, Mustafa Hamed, after his mother and other uncles were arrested.
Zimbabwean Police armed with tear gas and clubs today clashed with the opposition party’s protesters in the country’s capital city Harare after the protesters went ahead with their planned demonstrations despite the previous ban on their protests by the government. Supporters of Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sang songs condemning the police brutality while the police dispersed them with tear gas. At one instance, police surrounded a group of protesters and beat them mercilessly with clubs. A woman was later on seen being evacuated in a Red Cross ambulance.
The Norwegian ship Ocean Viking saved another 105 migrants from Libya on Monday. There are a total of 356 people on board. At the same time, 150 migrants remain “trapped” on the Spanish Open Arms ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered all Italian ports closed for refugees and illegal migrants. Meanwhile, some migrants have reportedly been waiting on ships for over ten days.
The UN-brokered temporary cease-fire in Libya did not last long. The parties involved in the Libyan war agreed to end the war temporarily in the capital of Tripoli. Released news said several rockets have been fired at Mitiga International Airport. The Libyan government’s army, as well as the forces affiliated with General Khalifa Khostar, accused each other of violating the ceasefire. According to officials at the Airport, all flights were canceled but the airport reopened after maintenance and cleaning.
Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).
Tunisia’s Ennahda has decided to nominate Abdel Fattah Mourou to run in early presidential elections. The decision to nominate Mourou, deputy leader of the movement, was made at a meeting of the group’s consultative council Tuesday evening. The elections are expected to be held on September 15. He was invited after the death of President Baji Kaid Essebsi last month.
At least 43 people have died and more than 60 have been injured in an aerial bombardment against the city of Al Murzuq (southwest of Libya) executed by the forces led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a local strong man, as reported by news sources citing a representative of the city council. Haftar’s forces, based in eastern Libya, say they targeted the city on Sunday evening but denied targeting civilians.
No blame is being placed on Sudan’s military junta. That was the core of the report from the investigation committee set up by the military to look into what happened on June 3rd, when security forces attacked a pro-democracy sit-in at army headquarters in Khartoum on June 3rd.
France has announced that eight European countries have agreed to co-host migrants rescued in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but Italy is not one of those countries. French President Emmanuel Macaron said six other countries supported a French-German plan to resettle migrants following talks in Paris.
Jacob Zuma, former South Africa president ended his cooperation Friday with a corruption investigation focused on his time in office, saying it was biased. Zuma 77, testified since Monday before the commission to shed light on the many scandals that have tarnished his presidency (2009-2018) and forced him to resign a year and a half ago.
In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.
The United Nations has called for the closure of immigration detention centers in Libya, saying these facilities are unsuitable for shelter. This comes about two weeks after the killing of more than fifty people in an air strike targeting a detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
At least 26 people, including a prominent journalist in Canada and several foreigners, were killed in an attack on a hotel in southern Somalia. A suicide bomber drove a car containing explosives at the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo Port, and then snipers attacked the building. Journalist Hodan Naleyah and her husband are believed to be among the dead.
Sudan’s ruling transitional military has foiled a “coup attempt” aimed at “blocking the deal” with opposition representatives. The head of the Security Committee Council, Jamal Omar Ibrahim, said that a number of officers and soldiers has been arrested.
The announcement of the attempted coup failed after the agreement of the military council and opposition representatives to end the political deadlock in the country. Ibrahim said that 12 officers were arrested, including seven in service and five in pensions and four officers were detained.
Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has condemned a Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Known as the “Terminator,” Ntaganda was charged for his role in atrocities in an ethnic conflict from 2002 to 2003.
The ICC found him guilty on all 18 charges. These included cruel massacres, the use of child soldiers and sexual enslavement of young girls. Bosco Ntaganda asserted his innocence during the trial. When Judge Robert Fremr announced the verdict, he showed no emotion. The sentence is to be announced at a later meeting – Ntaganda faces a life sentence.
A power-sharing agreement was reached Friday between Sudan’s military government and civilian opposition, bringing an end to the month-long standoff between the two sides, and the best bit of news in nearly 30 years. The country will be controlled by a joint sovereign council until elections can be held in three years and three months. The preliminary deal also includes the promise of an independent investigation into the June 3 massacre, in which 100 protesters were killed. The opposition, and its supporters, were jubilant, but cautious.