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Niger parliament approves deployment of foreign forces in fight over terrorism

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Amidst the increased rate of terrorist attacks in Niger, the majority of the country’s parliament has voted in favour of the deployment of foreign forces on their territory to fight jihadists.

135 majority of the 166 parliament members supported the move to hire mercenaries in the push to overcome insurgence.

Niger’s Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, insisted that the move to deploy foreign forces in the fight does not question the country’s sovereignty.

“Entering into new partnerships in no way calls into question our sovereignty over the national territory”. Mahamadou remarked.

The Prime Minister also revealed that the recent departure of French and European forces from Mali “constitutes a major factor in worsening the security situation” along the 800km border between Niger and Mali.

Until recently, the relationship between Mali and France seems smooth with French-led military intervention ousting jihadists who were taking control of northern Mali but the relations have deteriorated with Mali’s new military leaders, who seized power in a 2020 coup.

Niger is involved in fighting against jihadist movements with links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State groups and has the support of several western countries such as France and the United States.

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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives Germany for G7 Summit

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Munich, Germany on Sunday for the G-7 summit.

According to the South African presidency, the country’s participation presents an opportunity to highlight the concerns of developing countries and to advocate for the continued global attention for equitable distribution of resources.

Outside South Africa, other invited non-member states participating in the G7 Summit are the Senegal, Argentina, India and Indonesia.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, the European Union is a ‘non-enumerated member’.

South Africa will participate in two outreach sessions Monday. In the first one, issues of climate, energy and health will be discussed.

The 2nd session, the Summit will address advancing gender equality and food security issues. The World Food Program has urged the G7: ‘to act in order to avoid record hunger.

G7 members members are the world’s largest IMF advanced economies and wealthiest liberal democracies, the group is officially organized around shared values of pluralism and representative government.

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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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