Monthly Archives: February 2020

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak died aged 91, buried in military funeral

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak died aged 91 on February 25 2020 after undergoing surgery.   A military funeral has been held. The current President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, walked alongside Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, in a procession behind his coffin … Continue reading

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Algeria: best prospects for U.S. exporters and investors.

Brief Description of Call: Join U.S. Ambassador Desrocher for an overview of Algeria’s recent political transition, its economy, business climate, and best prospects for U.S. exporters and investors. John Desrocher is the U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of … Continue reading

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Somalia: power-sharing replaced by votes?

Under a new system, Somalis will vote directly for parties, with parliamentary seats being allocated according to the final tallies. Members of parliament will then elect the president and prime minister. The prime minister must come from the majority party … Continue reading

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Lebanon: default on loan payments – austerity?

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in Lebanon to help tackle the country’s deepening economic crisis. The government is yet to decide whether it will default on its loan payments – a move that could lead to … Continue reading

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Algeria: One year of Hirak freedom demonstrations

#Alger 21/02/20 17h:10Rue Didouche. Avant la fin de la grandiose marche d’aujourd’hui #Vendredi_53RDV pris pour demain à 10h pour l’anniversaire du #Hirak ✌️💪#Revolution_22_fevrier#Algérie #الجزائر#الحراك_53#الجمعة_53#الحراك_مستمر pic.twitter.com/dieNydgWW8 — Algerien Libre (@AILibre) February 21, 2020 Now that newly elected President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is … Continue reading

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Tunisia:  new cabinet to root out corruption? Revised list – Ennahda party onboard

The Ennahda party won seven portfolios in the new lineup and has given the green light to the cabinet, paving the way for a favourable vote in the assembly on February 26 2020. [ February 20 2020 ] Tunisia’s prime … Continue reading

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Sahel: “make your life hell”

Senators and members of the House met with Esper on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who are members of the Foreign Relations Committee, led the charge, said the four people, telling … Continue reading

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Algeria: Imprisonment affirmed for Said Bouteflika, Tartag, Mediene

Said Bouteflika, General Athmane Tartag and General Mohamed Lamine Mediene each received 15 years in prison. The brother of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and two former intelligence chiefs were convicted of conspiracy against the state. [ Muhammad Mediène may be … Continue reading

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Algeria: Sonatrach has new General Manager

Toufik Hakkar is the new General manager of state energy firm Sonatrach, replaced Kamel Eddine Chikhi, who was named head of the company in November, the latest in a rapid carousel of changes at the top in recent years. Hakkar … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso: spillover of jihadist violence

Suspected jihadists killed nearly 20 civilians in an attack overnight February 2 2020 on the northern Burkina Faso village of Bani, Seno province. “The attackers, heavily armed and on motorbikes, literally executed the local inhabitants,” [November 9 2019] Gunmen in … Continue reading

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