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Angolan government threatens striking doctors with ‘no work, no pay’ policy

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The Angolan government has threatened striking doctors in the country to forget their salaries for the duration the strike will last, in a new ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

The announcement which was made on Thursday, approved the suspension of salaries of doctors who have been on strike for two weeks to demand for improved conditions of service.

Doctors in Angola who represent a vast majority of the workforce in the country, have been on strike for the past 12 days, demanding better working conditions and refusing all entreaties to go back to work.

Most of the Southern African country’s approximately 5,600 doctors joined the movement last week for the second time in four months.

The doctors’ union had called for the nationwide strike after 20 children died in a single day at a pediatric hospital in the capital, Luanda, due to a shortage of medicines and medical equipment.

The doctors had also accused the government of neglecting hospitals in the oil rich country, saying medical institutions lacked basic material, medicines and needed equipment, while the government was building new establishments without providing staff.

However, the government has told the striking doctors to forget their salaries for as long as the strike lasts.

“We will not pay the salaries of the strikers,” Labor Minister Teresa Dias said a press conference.

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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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