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Algeria sacks Air Algerie Marketing Director over Morocco-linked advert campaign

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The Algerian government has sacked the Marketing Director of Air Algerie, Bekhouch Elach, following a marketing campaign based on the country’s checkered history with neighbours Morocco.

The ministry cited mismanagement of resources days after the airline shared a post showcasing Tlemcen’s Moroccan heritage in the marketing campaign which Algeria sees as promoting the Moroccan heritage.

Also terminated were the contracts of two senior officials working at its flag carrier Air Algerie, following the scandal brought about by the advert campaign.

The First Ministry on Monday, announced the news of the sacking of the Air Algerie’s president and general director and another official whose name was not disclosed in the report.

Days before the decision, Air Algerie had come under fire for posting a Facebook advertisement explaining Tlemcen’s Spanish and Moroccan heritage, but the airline retracted the post hours later after a lot of backlash from the public.

As part of its marketing campaign, Air Algerie had shared an initial Facebook that read:

“Proud of its prosperous, glorious history, its Spanish-Moroccan runes, and its Andalusi style, Tlemcen is a city of art and history earning her the nickname of the ‘Pearl of the Maghreb.’”

But following public outrage, the airline put up another post hours later taking out all parts mentioning Morocco or Spain, were scrapped hours later, with a new post reading:

“Proud of its prosperous history, Tlemcen is a city of art and history earning her the nickname of the ‘Pearl of the Maghreb.’”

The adverts was seen as being offensive as it was not the first time Algeria has appeared to be attempting to rewrite history with the country notoriously claiming parts of Morocco’s heritage as its own, including Moroccan cuisine and traditional outfits, acts that have brought about tensions between the two countries.

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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Senegal’s opposition leader calls for nationwide mega protest on June 29

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Despite clashes between government security forces and anti-government protesters which led to the death of three people last week, Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, has called for a fresh demonstration to be held on June 29.

Sonko who came third in the last presidential election in the country and has a large followership made up of mainly youths, had also called on citizens to bang pots and pans in protest on Wednesday which was a huge success, prompting in his call for the July 29 showdown.

“On the 29th of July, with or without authorization, we are going to organize our demonstration,” Sonko, a leader of the PASTEF party said in a press conference on Friday.

“If President Macky Sall wants to prevent this affair, he should be ready to arrest us or terminate us.

“Let the whole of Senegal rumble and let Macky Sall understand that the Senegalese people do not agree with his dictatorial designs or his ill-fated plan for a third term,” Sonko added.

Though the police has banned protests in the West African country citing risk of unrest, Sonko and other opposition figures have called on citizens to come out enmasse for the demonstration.

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