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Sudan’s Bashir on trial soon

Sudan’s chief prosecutor announced that ousted President Omar al-Bashir would be sent for trial soon on corruption charges related to his three decades in power.

Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud declared at news conference the trial referral would be made after a one-week period for objections expires, adding that criminal cases have been opened against 41 other former officials accused of graft.

Charged with corruption after an investigation was completed, as the prosecutor’s office underlined, Bashir, was ousted by the military in April this year following months of protests against his three decades autocratic rule.

Ethiopia postpones national census

Ethiopia’s Parliament postponed a national census for a second time, indicating security concerns, but potentially undermining logistics for the first election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, promoting ambitious reform programme. The census has been already postponed once from 2017.

Ethiopia is due to hold a national vote some time next year, and the census is a crucial step towards demarcating constituencies.The Members of the Parliament in both houses voted overwhelmingly to delay the census again by a year, due to an upsurge in ethnic conflicts that has forced 2.4 million Ethiopians to flee their homes, according to UN statistics.

The Ethiopian Government with partners’ aid is responding to the impact of inter-communal violence along the Oromia-Somali border since September 2017. The violent incidents continue to cause loss of life and livelihood, and further exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

The current population of Ethiopia is 109,956,911 as on June 10, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

    • Ethiopia population is equivalent to 1.43% of the total world population.
    • Ethiopia ranks number 12 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
    • The population density in Ethiopia is 110 per Km2 (285 people per mi2).
    • The total land area is 1,000,000 Km2 (386,102 sq. miles)
    • 21.1 % of the population is urban (23,220,976 people in 2019)
    • The median age in Ethiopia is 18.8 years.

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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.

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