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Ugandan court grants opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, bail after several attempts

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A Ugandan court has released veteran opposition figure, Kizza Besigye on bail on Friday after several applications.

A magistrate court denied him bail last month arguing that there’s no guarantee that the opposition leader and his co-accused political activist Samuel Lubega Makaku will not be re-arrested on the same charges or other offences.

Besigye’s lawyers applied for bail again and a magistrate agreed to release him on ground that it was “satisfied that the accused’s sureties are substantial”, according to a live video feed on Besigye’s Facebook account of the court proceedings.

The presiding judge ordered Besigye to pay 2.5 million shillings ($665) bail cash as one of the conditions for his release and ordered him to appear in court again on July 29.

Uganda has been plagued by surge in prices of fuel, cooking oil, soap, wheat and other goods due to high rising inflation and government’s refusal to intervene to cushion consumers.

Besigye has run against Museveni four times in the past and lost although he rejected the results alleging fraud. He has been arrested dozens of times before.

Ugandan has been ruled by President Yoweri Museveni, who took over power in 1986 and has ruled ever since, making him one of the world’s longest-serving leaders. He recently accused past leaders of the country, and colonialism as reasons behind the poverty state of the country.

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Williams Ruto flips President Kenyatta’s plan, wins Kenya’s presidential elections after close race

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Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto has been declared the winner of a close presidential elections after defeating veteran contester, Raila Odinga.

Kenya’s elections chief made the declaration on Monday although some senior election officials disowned the result.

The incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta was openly in support of Odinga succeeding him amidst the loggerheads between him and his deputy, William Ruto.

Ruto has hailed his victory and said “There is no looking back. We are looking to the future. We need all hands-on deck to move forward.”

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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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