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

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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.

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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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