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Mali’s military junta breaks off defence ties with France

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Mali’s ruling military junta has announced that the country would, beginning from Monday, break off from its defence ties with her former colonial rulers, France, citing “flagrant violations” of its national sovereignty bu French troops based in the West African country.

Mali’s military spokesman, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga who made the announcement in a televised statement on Monday, said it was time the Malian government cut off all accords with France due to various abuses and deteriorating military cooperation.

“For some time now, the government of the Republic of Mali notes with regret a profound deterioration in military cooperation with France,” Maiga said.

Tne statement also cited multiple instances of French forces having violated the country’s airspace, referring specifically to the June 2021 decision by France to end its joint operations with Malian forces.

Monday’s announcement which had been in the pipeline for weeks after the military junta had threatened several times, was the latest confirmation of the deteriorating relations between the two countries following a build up of tensions between France and the junta since the military seized power in August 2000.

The agreements being severed, had set the framework for France’s intervention in Mali in 2014, which saw France deploye a large force to help Mali’s armed forces stop a jihadist offensive there.

But in February, France decided to pull out its troops after falling out with the military junta, particularly over its disagreement with the Kremlin.

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Tanzanian president, Samia Hassan, positions to become party, CCM’s chairperson. Will she get it?

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Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan is in a firm position to grab the heart of her political party, Tanzania’s Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) as she appears the sole candidate for the party’s top position.

New party executives will be chosen at the ruling party’s general meeting.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the only candidate for the post of chairperson, while the post of the party’s vice chairperson for Tanzania mainland is reserved for Abdulrahman Kinana who currently holds the post.

According to the party’s publicity and ideology secretary, Mr. Shaka Hamdu Shaka, the meeting will also elect members of the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC), in which 2,703 names were approved to contest for 30 seats.

By party structure, the secretary-general is the party’s top executive who oversees its operations while the chairperson and vice chairperson hold office for five years, the appointment of the party executives is normally done depending on the performance of the respective post holders and fits the existing circumstances.

The development of political parties and their administration is a key factor in strengthening democratic reign all over the world, the control of ruling parties to a large extent usually influence governance and policy. It is hoped that President Samia Hassan’s vantage position in her party, CCM will count for the level of stability that would aid governance in the East African country.

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South Sudan’s ruling party endorses President Salva Kiir for next election

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The ruling party in South Sudan has endorsed President Salva Kiir as its candidate in the country’s delayed election scheduled for the end of 2024.

President Kiir while speaking at the end of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s leadership session, accepted the ruling party endorsement for the 2024 election.

“We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together,” the president said to cheers. He added: “I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

South Sudan is in a dire situation with approximately two-thirds of the population, in danger of famine as they face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

South Sudan is in a fragile state between war and peace. In February 2020, after a two-year process, the conflict parties of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

President Kiir has been the country’s only president since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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