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Chad’s interim president, Mahamat Deby, wants Mali to ‘reconsider’ decision to quit G-5 force

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Reactions have continued to trail Mali’s decision to quit the West African anti-jihadist force, the G5 force. The latest to comment on the development is Chad’s interim president Mahamat Idriss Deby.

President Deby urged Mali’s military junta to reconsider its decision to withdraw from a five-nation military force fighting Islamist militants in the Sahel region.

After breaking defence alliance with the French, Mali’s junta has announced that i will quit a West African anti-jihadist, G-5 force after it was blocked from assuming the presidency of the regional group.

President Deby, who is the acting president of the G5 Sahel, said in a statement released on his behalf on Friday that the alliance was “an irreplaceable instrument of cooperation”.

“The acting president of the G5 Sahel exhorts the government of the Republic of Mali to reconsider its position in order to allow efforts underway … (to) provide a solution to its concerns through an imminent conference of heads of state and government,” the statement said.

The G5 Sahel or G5S is an institutional framework for the coordination of regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in West Africa. It was formed at a summit of five Sahel countries: Burkina FasoChadMaliMauritania, and Niger.

President Mohamed Bayoum of Niger, who commented on the development on Wednesday also argued that Mali’s withdrawal from the G-5 will mark the end of the alliance.

Mali under Colonel Goita has been following what seems like a pattern of isolationism. Aside from breaking defence alliance with France, the European Nations (E.U) and the United States also do not seem to be on the same page with Mali. The EU and the US both condemned Mali’s alleged use of Russian-based mercenaries the (Wagner Group) to fight terrorists and the position does not with down well with Bamako.

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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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