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Al-Shabab terrorists claim responsibility in mortar attack on Somali Parliament

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A Monday mortar attack on the Somalian parliament which injured at least six people during a joint session has been claimed by the al-Shabab terrorists group.

The newly inaugurated lawmakers in one of Africa’s most troubled countries were meeting to approve procedures for the election of speakers, when the grounds of the parliament were hit by a mortar attack.

One of the presidential candidate and legislator, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, who later posted about the attack on Facebook, said several rounds were fired and six people wounded, including two of his bodyguards.

Later in the day, the militant group in various social media posts, claimed responsibility for the attack and promised to do more if their various demands are not met.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble condemned the assault, which he called a terrorist act.

In posts on social media, Roble said the attack was a cowardly attempt to intimidate parliament, which is in the process of finishing Somalia’s indirect election.

Before the Monday attack, the lawmakers unanimously agreed to elect the speaker of the Upper House on April 26 and the Speaker of the Lower House a day later after indirect elections were delayed for months because of political wrangling between the Roble and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Mohamed had sought to extend his term in office, but backed off under intense domestic and international pressure, a situation the al-Shabaab terrorists has taken advantage of by launching a series of deadly attacks on Somali security forces and politicians.

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Tanzanian president, Samia Hassan, positions to become party, CCM’s chairperson. Will she get it?

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Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan is in a firm position to grab the heart of her political party, Tanzania’s Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) as she appears the sole candidate for the party’s top position.

New party executives will be chosen at the ruling party’s general meeting.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the only candidate for the post of chairperson, while the post of the party’s vice chairperson for Tanzania mainland is reserved for Abdulrahman Kinana who currently holds the post.

According to the party’s publicity and ideology secretary, Mr. Shaka Hamdu Shaka, the meeting will also elect members of the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC), in which 2,703 names were approved to contest for 30 seats.

By party structure, the secretary-general is the party’s top executive who oversees its operations while the chairperson and vice chairperson hold office for five years, the appointment of the party executives is normally done depending on the performance of the respective post holders and fits the existing circumstances.

The development of political parties and their administration is a key factor in strengthening democratic reign all over the world, the control of ruling parties to a large extent usually influence governance and policy. It is hoped that President Samia Hassan’s vantage position in her party, CCM will count for the level of stability that would aid governance in the East African country.

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South Sudan’s ruling party endorses President Salva Kiir for next election

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The ruling party in South Sudan has endorsed President Salva Kiir as its candidate in the country’s delayed election scheduled for the end of 2024.

President Kiir while speaking at the end of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s leadership session, accepted the ruling party endorsement for the 2024 election.

“We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together,” the president said to cheers. He added: “I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

South Sudan is in a dire situation with approximately two-thirds of the population, in danger of famine as they face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

South Sudan is in a fragile state between war and peace. In February 2020, after a two-year process, the conflict parties of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

President Kiir has been the country’s only president since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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