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Spain not surprised ‘Pro-Russian’ Algeria broke diplomatic tie with it – Minister



The Spanish Economy Minister, Nadia Calvino said the her country is not surprised by Algeria’s decision to suspend a friendship treaty with it last week.

Calvino made the claim on Monday, stressing that the North African country for some time has been increasingly aligning itself with Russia.

The minister during an interview with Radio Catalunya said she had noticed a growing rapprochement between Algeria and Russia at the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund in April.

“I saw back then that Algeria was more and more aligned with Russia, so this (decision to suspend the treaty) didn’t surprise me,” Calvino said.

“I hope that Algeria will reconsider its position and the statements it has made,” Calvino told reporters in Barcelona.

Algeria, on Wednesday, severed a “friendship treaty and cooperation” it entered into with Spain in 2002 after Madrid altered its long-standing position on Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, to back Morocco’s autonomy project for the disputed colony.

Barely a day after the diplomatic tie was cut, the European Union (EU), pleaded with the Algerian government to consider reversing its decision to suspend a two-decade-old “friendship treaty” with Spain.

The diplomatic row between the two countries followed a change of stance by Spain over Western Sahara, a territory Morocco claims while Algeria supports a group that seeks its independence.


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



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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Ruling junta, politicians sign agreement for civil transition in Sudan. Will it work?



An agreement for a civilian-led transition that will last for two years has been made between Sudanese political parties and the military.

The arrangement is toward elections and ends a sometimes violent standoff triggered by a coup in October 2021.

The power-sharing arrangement between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition was delayed due to the absence of a Prime Minister after a coup in 2021.

The military under the new arrangement agreed it would only be represented on a security and defence council headed by a prime minister.

The military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said civilians should control politics and guide foreign policy. Signatories applauded when he repeated a slogan used by protesters to call for the army to exit politics: “Soldiers belong in the barracks, and parties go to elections.”

Recall that Sudanese politician, Wagdi Salih was released from prison on Sunday ahead of the discussion surrounding the coalition agreement.

Meanwhile, the transition plan does not seem to have sat well with some session of the public as security officers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters about 1-1/2km from the presidential palace on Monday over the development.

One of the protesters, 36-year-old state employee Ahmed Fateh al-Rahman, said. “We want justice for our martyrs, trial for the military, and civilian rule.” “We will defeat this agreement because it is an extension of the coup.”

Will the arrangement lead to lasting progress in the political crises facing the East African country?

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