Monthly Archives: July 2020

Tanzania opposition figure Tundu Lissu returns from exile

Via: Aljazeera

Tanzanian opposition politician and presidential hopeful Tundu Lissu has returned from exile in Belgium where he underwent treatment after he was shot multiple times three years ago. Lissu, a former politician with the Chadema main opposition party, was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, who clamoured around his car as he waved from an open sunroof on Monday (27/07). A critic of President John Magufuli, Lissu was shot 16 times in an attack by unknown gunmen in the administrative capital, Dodoma, in September 2017.

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Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan reach ‘major common understanding’ on dam

Via: Aljazeera

Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Tuesday (21/07) his country, Egypt, and Sudan reached a “major common understanding which paves the way for a breakthrough agreement” on a significant dam project that has led to sharp regional tensions and fears of military confrontation. Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a serious threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it essential for its electrification and development. The statement by Abiy Ahmed’s office came as new satellite images show the water level in the reservoir behind the nearly completed $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is at its highest in at least four years.

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UN, AU criticize Mali government for lethal response to protests

Via: CGTN Africa

The United Nations and the African Union have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders. In a statement late on Sunday night (12), the U.N. mission in Mali, the African Union, West African regional bloc ECOWAS and the European Union criticised vandalism by protesters but reserved their sharpest criticism for the authorities. International and regional powers fear political turmoil in Mali could undermine their military campaigns against Islamist insurgents in West Africa’s Sahel region. The United Nations has over 13,000 peacekeeping soldiers in Mali.

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