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Tunisia bars opposition leader from travelling

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Tunisian authorities have placed a travel ban on Fadel Abdel Kefi, the head of the opposition Afek Tounes party, and a prominent opponent of President Kais Saied, the party announced on Wednesday.

The party in a statement, said Kefi was stopped from leaving the country on Wednesday morning, further “fuelling concerns over the right to dissent and democratic pluralism.”

“Our leader, Fadel Abdel Kefi, was stopped by the police at the Carthage International Airport on Wednesday morning and prevented him travelling, without any judicial warrant,” the party said.

Abdel Kefi also confirmed the travel ban when he spoke to journalists, saying he had not been made aware of any judicial decision against him.

“Is it reasonable for a decision to be issued without my knowledge? This is a violation of my basic right,” he said.

However, an Interior Ministry official told said a Tunis court had issued a judicial decision to prevent Abdel Kefi from travelling, adding that the ministry was not empowered to take such a step independently.

Abdel Kefi has emerged as a prominent critic of President Saied especially after arrogating powers to himself since becoming the North African country’s leader.

Since coming to power last year, Saied has seized broad powers, shutting down the elected parliament and holding a referendum to enshrine a near absolute presidential power buttressed by a weakened legislature in a new constitution, according to opposition figures.

The Afek Tounes leader has often accused Saied of “acting like a king who has not improved governance or saved the faltering economy.”

He has also called for most of Saied’s new constitution to be revoked and for a balance of power between different branches of government to be restored.

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South Africa: President Ramaphosa begs for time as panel reports indict him

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President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has delayed his appearance before the parliament over a panel report recently submitted with consideration for his impeachment.

President Ramaphosa in a statement asked for space to “carefully consider the contents of the report and the next course of action to be taken”, and the National Council of Provinces chairperson acceded to the request for a delay.

The Parliament confirmed it has received a request by the President to the chairperson of South Africa’s upper house of parliament requesting the postponement, noting the panel’s recommendations had “implications for the stability of the country”.

President Ramaphosa has denied any wrongdoing but confirmed that a robbery occurred and an estimated $4 million was stolen at the farm back in 2020, on his game farm.

He further claimed that the cash was from proceeds from the sales of the game. He has denied breaking the law or any regulations relating to his office.

The president’s party, the ANC’s dominance in the parliament, with 230 seats, or nearly 60% of the total, makes the possibility of an impeachment low as most votes would be towards votes along party lines.

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South Africa: Panel investigating impeachment considerations on President Ramphosa submits report

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The panel investigating consideration on the impeachment of the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday has submitted its report to the parliament.

The three-member panel was set up to inquire if the president should be impeached after millions of dollars in cash were discovered at his private farm.

The former chief justice and chairman of the panel, Sandile Ngcobo said at the handover of the recommendations, “dragging the president before an impeachment process is a huge decision, it cannot be done on flimsy (grounds), it has to be something tangible.”

According to the Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the report will be debated in the national assembly on the 6th of December.

President Ramaphosa has denied any wrongdoing but confirmed that a robbery occurred and an estimated $4 million was stolen at the farm back in 2020, on his game farm.

He further claimed that the cash was from proceeds from the sales of the game. He has denied breaking the law or any regulations relating to his office.

The president’s party, the ANC’s dominance in the parliament, with 230 seats, or nearly 60% of the total, makes the possibility of an impeachment low as most votes would be towards votes along party lines. Impeaching a president requires a two-thirds majority.

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