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Rwanda, Congo DR settle for peace as Kagame, Tshisekedi agree to de-escalate tension

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It appears the sun is setting on the diplomatic tension between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda president of the two, Felix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame have agreed at a summit in Angola to de-escalate the tension.

The East African leaders, agreed to begin a process to manage the brouhaha that have arisen from a rebel insurgency, the Congolese presidency said on Wednesday.

The friction between the countries was pronounced last month when Rwandan military authorities accused the armed forces of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks.

Rwanda denied and in turn, accused Congo of fighting alongside insurgents – a face-off that has raised fears of fresh conflict in the region.

The new agreement entails an immediate cessation of hostilities and the retreat of M23 fighters from Congo, and aims to normalise diplomatic relations between Congo and Rwanda, the Congolese presidency said on Twitter.

The African Union through its Chair, Macky Sall, who is also the president of Senegal had intervened in the diplomatic brouhaha and called for dialogue in the pursuit of a lasting solution.

The AU later appointed Angolan President, Joao Lourenco to mediate the talks and restore dialogue between the two parties. Presidents of the two countries flew into Angola on Tuesday for the summit.

The presidency in Congo DR tweeted (translated) on Wednesday the Luanda Summit which was “aimed to restore trust between the two neighboring countries ended this Wednesday 6/07 in the early afternoon with a press briefing by the 3 Presidents: F. Tshisekedi”

 

“The tripartite decided on a process of de-escalation between the DRC and Rwanda.

“This objective will be achieved gradually via a so-called Luanda roadmap focused on reviving the DRC-RWANDA joint commission, which had not met for several years.”

According to the Congolese presidency, the new agreement entails an immediate cessation of hostilities and the retreat of M23 fighters from Congo, and aims to normalize diplomatic relations between Congo and Rwanda.

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Tunisia: Government, labour union, UGTT, agree on IMF intervention

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In Tunisia, the government of president Saide has finally reach agreement with the country’s main labour and commerce unions for economic reforms.

The pressure groups agreed with the government on Friday to start talks on Monday over economic reforms required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a rescue programme.

According to the state news agency ,TAP, quoting a government statement, Prime Minister Najla Bouden, UGTT labour union chief Noureddine Taboubi and UTICA commerce union chief Samir Majoul had agreed a “social contract” to tackle national challenges.

The UGTT which represents a vast syndicate of workers, has been a major critic of IMF economic reforms proposed by the government, including subsidy cuts, a public sector wage freeze and the restructuring of state-owned companies. It previously said, such reforms would increase the suffering of Tunisians and lead to an imminent social implosion.

In May, Tunisia reached an agreement with the European Union to secure a €300 million loan facility to cushion the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The North Africa country is seeking $4 billion in IMF support amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, though diplomat sources told Reuters any IMF programme approved would be unlikely to reach that level.

Efforts to secure the IMF bailout have been complicated by Tunisia’s political upheavals since President Kais Saied seized most powers a year ago, shutting down parliament and moving to rule by decree.

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Mali’s Prime Minister, Choguel Maiga, on “forced rest” by doctors

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The Prime Minister’s office in troubled West African country, Mali has revealed that doctors have put the PM, Choguel Maiga on compulsory rest.

The doctors’ order comes after months of intense exertion, his office said on Saturday. The office however denied media reports that he had been hospitalised after suffering a stroke.

An exert from his Facebook account reads “After 14 months of working without a break, the prime minister, head of government, Choguel Kokalla Maiga was placed on forced rest by his doctor”

“He will resume his activities next week, God-willing.”

Maiga, who is a former opposition leader, was named prime minister by the ruling junta of Colonel Goita June last year.

Maiga has been one of the government’s most outspoken voices in repeated public rows with West African neighbours and international partners who have criticised its military cooperation with Russian mercenaries and repeated election delays.

Mali has been in the eye of terror storm since war started in January 2012 between the northern and southern parts of Mali in Africa with several insurgent groups, Jihadist and separatist fighters with affiliations with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Despite, insecurity being one of excused reasons for Colonel Goita’s military take government, much does not seemed to have been achieved as the country is still prone to continues terrorists attacks.

 

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