Sudan has rejected an Ethiopian proposal to sign an initial agreement greenlighting the filling of a controversial mega-dam, calling its neighbour to resume the stalled United States-brokered negotiations on the issue. On Tuesday (12/05), Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said he refused to sign a “partial agreement” for the dam’s filling due to the absence of coordinated planning and outstanding “technical and legal issues” dealing with the dam’s “environmental and social impacts”. Sudan and Egypt fear the disputed $4.6bn dam on the Nile will trap their essential water supplies once it starts being filled in July as planned by Ethiopia.
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The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have met in Cairo for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a multibillion-dollar dam being built by the Ethiopian government. The two-day meeting, which got under way on Monday in the Egyptian capital, comes almost a month after the three sides agreed to work towards resolving the issue at a US-brokered meeting in Washington, DC. Addis Ababa contends the project, dubbed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is crucial to its economic development and, at its peak, will generate more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity.
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On this Monday (17), the former President Mohamed Morsi passed away, after had a collapse on Court. At the age of 67 years old, Morsi had a long history of health issues, suffering from diabetes, liver and kidney diseases. The former President, leader of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was the first President democratically elected in the country in 2012, one year after the Arab Spring that deposed the 30 years rule of Hosni Mubarak.
Mohamed Morsi was facing at least 6 trials and was serving a 20 years prison sentence for the killing of protesters in 2012. The sudden death of the former President raised questions and complainings by the Brotherhood and a portion of the International Community, that urge for a fair investigation. The burial occurred on this Tuesday (18), in eastern Cairo, for family and close friends.
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