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Burkina Faso summons Ghanaian ambassador over Akufo-Addo’s allegation on Russian mercenaries

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Burkina Faso has summoned the Ghanaian ambassador following a recent accusation by Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo regarding Burkina Faso’s alliance with Russian mercenaries.

The Burkinabe’s government expressed its “disapproval” after President Akufo-Addo said that Ouagadougou had “made an arrangement” with the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “The Minister Delegate in charge of Regional Cooperation, Karamoko Jean Marie Traoré expressed the disapproval of the Burkinabè government towards these declarations of the Head of State of Ghana.”

A government source in an interview remarked that the statements are “serious and inaccurate”, and specified that the Burkinabè ambassador stationed in Accra has also been recalled for consultations. The information was confirmed by a Ghanaian government source.

During his meeting with the minister, the Ghanaian ambassador, Boniface Gambila Adagbila, assured that the words of President Akufo-Addo “were not intended to condemn Burkina Faso, nor to sow doubt in people’s minds”, according to the account- minutes of the meeting, published by the Burkinabè Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The intention was above all to attract the attention of partners in order to arouse great interest in Burkina Faso”, added the ambassador, quoted in the press release.

A statement from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. foreign, Burkinabe Prime Minister Apollinaire Kyélem de Tembela met in Moscow with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss “priority issues for strengthening relations” between the two countries.

European allies pulled thousands of troops countering Islamist militants in Burkina Faso’s neighbour Mali earlier this year as relations deteriorated with the military junta after it agreed with a deal with Wagner.

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Court okays continued trial of Mauritania Ex-President, Ould Abdel Aziz

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A court in Mauritania has ruled that the trial of former President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz for illicit enrichment can continue.

The court on Tuesday decided not to rule on challenges to its jurisdiction until the end of the proceedings.

The ex-president’s lawyers have been battling over the court’s jurisdiction, with an argument that the criminal chamber could not try Mr. Aziz and his dozen co-defendants.

The court ruled on the jurisdiction and decided that it would be decided at the same time as that of the guilt or not of the defendants after the debates on the merits of the case.

His lawyers also requested the release of Aziz who has been placed in detention the day before the opening. The court ended up rejecting these requests.

Mr. Aziz, alongside two former prime ministers, former ministers, and businessmen, has been on trial since January 25 for having abused his power in order to amass an immense fortune.

He led this pivotal country between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa from 2008 to 2019, an era shaken by coups and jihadist actions but returned to stability under his presidency.

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Tunisian president dismisses foreign minister, Othman Jerandi

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Tunisian sit-tight President, Kais Saied has sacked Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi on Tuesday and replaced him with the former ambassador to the European Union and Belgium Nabil Ammar.

According to a statement from the presidency’s office, which announced the development, no reason was given for Jerandi’s dismissal or Ammar’s appointment.

Jerandi who was appointed foreign minister in 2020tweeted earlier on Tuesday that he had phoned his Syrian counterpart after Saied had tasked him with directing aid to Syria and Turkey in response to the earthquakes there.

” A call with my brother, Dr. Faisal Al-Miqdad, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria. I informed him of the sympathy and solidarity of Tunisia, the president, the government, and the people, with brotherly Syria, and we coordinated regarding the extension of Tunisian solidarity authorized by the President to support its efforts in confronting the effects of the earthquake. May God have mercy on the victims and speed up the recovery of the wounded.

May God protect Syria and its people from all harm” (Translated)

President Saied sacked the government, suspended parliament, and seized a string of powers in July 2021. He also sacked the prime minister and moved to rule by decree, but at that time he kept Jerandi in place.

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