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Sudan activists to impose civilian power

Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been enhancing protests, announced  news conference at 1700 GMT on April 21 outside the army complex, inviting foreign diplomats. The Association promises to propose their own civilian council to facilitate transition of power from military.

In a statement the protest leaders declared their plans to form a civilian body to take over from Sudan’s ruling military council while crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters.

The military council  has declined to respond to the protesters demands to ensure swift transition of power for a civilian administration, initially proposing two year period to pave the way to civilian rule.

Activists continue to mobilise demonstrators through social media to keep up the pressure for replacing the military council by civilians. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan chairing the Council has not responded to the claims of the Sudanese, who continued to chant slogan “Power to civilians” through the night.

Algerians enter post- Bouteflika era

Algeria‘s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) has resigned under pressure of a several weeks of massive streets protests,  stepping down after 20 years in power, at the moment he was seeking for the fifth term.

The Algerian army refused to support Mr. Bouteflika ambition, and had called him to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties. Mr.Bouteflika became increasingly frail, after suffering a stroke six years ago and has rarely appeared in public since.

He made a rare appearance on state TV to relinquish power hours after military chief Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah had called on him to leave office without delay. A French parliamentary report (2017) said Lt Gen Gaid Salahsees himself as a likely successor”. However under in the dramatic context of massive protests with the demand of democratic change, his ascendance to presidency does not seem as an easy exercise.

Bouteflika resignation before the end of mandate opens floor to questions of succession, addressing the requested of people of Algeria for free and fair elections.

Abdelkader Bensalah (75)  appeared first in ranks in Algerian state since March 1 due to his position as President of the Council of the Nation (which corresponds to the Senate), and from now onward he is mandated by the Constitution to provide interim for a maximum period of 90 days during which a presidential election must be organized.

Buhari wins Nigerian voters

Incumbent President on Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is an unequivocal leader of the election race according to the provisional results.

The results showed that incumbent President main rival, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, could no longer catch up.

The candidate with the most votes nationwide is declared winner as long as they have at least one-quarter of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the capital Abuja, otherwise there is a run-off. Buhari has already secured enough votes to avoid a run-off vote the officials said.

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Al-Bashir reshuffles government

President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a new first vice President and Prime minister, a day after declaring a year-long state of emergency to counter Sudanese protests calling for his removal from office.

Bashir replaced his long-time ally Bakri Hassan Saleh with Defence Minister General Awad Ibnoufas as vice-President and appointed governor of eastern Gezira state Mohamed Tahir Ayala  as Prime minister.

Awad Ibnoufas was active in the coup which brought Bashir to power three decades ago, while Ayala has previously been regarded  by the Sudanese leader as his potential successor as president.

Nigeria postpones elections

President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “deeply disappointed” but urged people to refrain from “civil disorder“, while he reacted upon the decision to postpone the vote announced by the electoral chief, Mr Yakubu, who said: “Our decision was entirely taken by the commission. It has nothing to do with security, nothing to do with political influence.”. 

Yakubu insisted the delay was down to problems with the transportation of electoral materials – ballot papers and results sheets – to some regions of the country.

Main rival Atiku Abubakar called for patience but accused the administration of “anti-democratic acts“.

Election officials cited “logistical” reasons for delay in presidential and parliamentary polls.

Nigerian media reported about President’s Buhari decision to sack the INEC chairman Yakubu for the failure to organise the elections according tot he declared schedule.

Nigerian warns West against election meddling

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai – a poweful ally of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari warned “people from overseas” who sought to intervene in the country’s election to be held in little over a week would go back in “body bags“.

We are waiting for the persons who will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country,” said El-Rufai.

The governor of the northern state of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai made the comments during a discussion programme on the Nigerian Television Authority when the subject of the international community’s role in elections was raised. It followed after an international reaction in support of a suspended Nigeria’s top judge.

We have got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible,El-Rufai added.

The talk about the role of foreign countries in elections was raised on the programme in which reference was made to concerns expressed by the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen over allegedly breaching asset-declaration rules.

President Tshisekedi calls for “Congo for all”

Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation while succeeding Joseph Kabila as Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, in a first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.

We want to build a strong Congo, turned toward its development in peace and security,” he said to thousands of supporters gathering on the lawn of the presidential palace. “A Congo for all, in which everyone has a place.”

The inaugural ceremony was briefly interrupted when Tshisekedi had a spell of dizziness during his inaugural address and had to sit down. However he returned to the podium moments after a brief pause, saying he was exhausted by the election and the emotion of the moment. Some media reported there was a problem of bulletproof vest, being fixed too tight.

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