Connect with us

Politics

Sudanese military leaders promise to release political detainees ahead of dialogue to ease tensions

Published

on

The Sudanese military junta has promised to release political detainees in the next “two to three days” to create an atmosphere for dialogue in the country following months of unrest that has left many dead.

According to a statement on Saturday by the military leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the move is aimed at setting up a peaceful atmosphere for dialogue and to contribute with others to achieve reconciliation and create steps to ease tensions in the country six months after a military coup.

“We have started procedures to release political detainees within two or three days.

“We are embarking on a difficult period and we must all present concessions for the sake of our country,” he said, noting the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country as reasons for the concessions.

Gen. Al-Burhan who is also the head of the country’s ruling Sovereign Council, said he has had a meeting with the attorney-general and chief justice to “study the legal situation of the detainees and expedite procedures” for their release.

He added that the military is ready “to step down and hand over power to civilians in the event of an agreement between the political forces.”

Al-Burhan, along with other military leaders, on October 25, 2021, staged a coup ending a two-year power-sharing arrangement with a civilian political coalition following the ouster of long term dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Since the coup where the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency,
Sudan has been in turmoil with civilians throbbing the streets in protest.

At least 94 people have been killed in security crackdowns on protesters and dozens have been arrested and detained.

Politics

Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

Published

on

Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

Continue Reading

Politics

Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

Published

on

Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

VenturesNow13 hours ago

Emerging African enterprise, Harvest Group, spreads reach to Zambia, launches fillings stations, foundation

One of Africa’s emerging conglomerates, Harvest Group of Companies Limited, has made bold its announced plan to expand its business...

Metro15 hours ago

Cattle hustlers kill 11, including eight police officers in North Kenya

At least 11 people, including eight police officers and a local chief, have been killed by suspected cattle rustlers in...

Metro15 hours ago

Egypt sends food aid, medical supplies to ‘Somali brethren’

The Egyptian government on Sunday, dispatched two military jets loaded with food aid and medical supplies to war-ravaged Somalia as...

Metro15 hours ago

Alleged Rwanda genocide financier, Felicien Kabuga, to go on trial at The Hague Thursday

The United Nations Tribunal will on Thursday, commence trial for an alleged Rwandan genocide financier, Felicien Kabuga, at The Hague....

Metro15 hours ago

Ugandan Ebola death toll rises to 21 as authorities confirm 34 new infections

Death toll from the recent Ebola Virus outbreak in Uganda has risen to 21 while 34 new infections have been...

Metro18 hours ago

African Titanic: 20 years after, Senegalese recall Le Joola ship tragedy where 1,863 passengers drowned

Twenty years after, the people of Senegal and indeed Africa will never forget one of the greatest ship sinking tragedies...

VenturesNow22 hours ago

Nigeria: Despite high oil theft, fuel subsidy rises to ₦525.714 billion in August

Nigeria’s oil subsidy regime has continued to bleed the country of public funds as subsidies rose to 525.714 billion nairas...

Metro22 hours ago

Again, protesters hit Tunisian street over high cost of living

Demonstrators hit Tunisian streets in hundreds on Sunday as the economic situation bites harder in the volatile North African country....

Metro2 days ago

Hundreds injured as protests over disputed Angola poll results turn violent

A demonstration by major opposition party supporters protesting the result of the August 24 Angolan presidential election which saw the...

Musings From Abroad2 days ago

Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained...

Trending