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Egypt has sent a strong to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, asking the Fayez al-Sarraj-led government to warn its troops against crossing the ‘red line’.

In May, President Abdel Fattah Sisi of Egypt had declared the Libyan provinces of Sirte and Jufra as a “red line” for Egypt and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east.

On Tuesday, Sisi reiterated the warning, suggesting Egypt will not hesitate to use military power in the defense of its national security.

“Egypt is bent on supporting Libyans to rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organisations and putting an end to the blatant interference of some regional parties (in Libya).

“As we have declared before and reiterate today, any breach to the line extending between the towns of Sirte and Jufra, previously demarcated as a red line, will be furiously faced by Egypt in defense of its people and its national security,” Sisi said in his address late on Tuesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

Sisi also renewed call on Libya’s warring parties to find a comprehensive political solution to the fatal armed confrontation in the North African country under UN auspices.

According to the president, the settlement should be based on the 2015 Skhirat Agreement, the results of the Berlin conference, held in January of this year, and the Cairo Declaration, also known as the Cairo initiative.

The Cairo initiative was presented by Egypt in early summer of 2020 and, among other matters, includes a complete ceasefire in Libya starting on June 8, and the terms for a political solution.

The initiative was supported by Russia, the U.S. and several Arab countries, but rejected by Turkey and its ally, the GNA.

Sisi had previously claimed that Cairo would not stand idle if the GNA’s forces crossed the “red line” — by entering the city of Sirte — and would not allow destabilization in eastern Libya, which is under the control of the Tobruk-based parliament and the LNA.

On July 20, the Egyptian parliament unanimously approved the possible dispatch of troops to carry out military operations outside the country.

It came after Sisi stated that his country had an internationally legitimate right to intervene in Libya and come to the aid of the eastern administration.

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Widad Babiker, Wife of Ex-Sudanese President Al-Bashir, Rearrested After Bail

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Widad Babiker – the wife of former President of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir – has been rearrested by the North African country’s security forces a day after she was released on bail.

Babiker was freed on Tuesday after serving almost 11 months’ term in jail over financial irregularities and corruption charges.

The charges included those directly linked to the Sanad Charitable Foundation that she had chaired.

Local media ssaid that following Babiker’s release, law enforcement officers rearrested her on Wednesday as it was necessary to resume the investigation into her case.

According to the source, the wife of the ousted Sudanese leader is currently in a critical health condition suffering from chronic diseases.

The authorities, in turn, have not accepted repeated requests from Babiker’s lawyers and members of her inner circle to allow her leave the country for medical treatment.

Along with illegal financial operations, land manipulations are also on the list of charges that had been brought against Babiker.

The investigating team is looking into the origin of multiple bank accounts and plots of land owned by Bashir’s wife.

Al-Bashir governed Sudan for three decades before he was toppled by a military coup in April 2019, which brought the Transitional Military Council to power in the wake of months-long mass anti-government rallies.

In May 2019, Al-Bashir was charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters who participated in the demonstrations.

The former president was also accused of financial fraud and is serving a two-year prison term in connection with the matter.

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Two Former Algerian PMs Face Heavy Prison Sentences

Sellal and Ouyahia both received a 12 years prison sentence each.

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Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal

Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal who both are former Algerian prime ministers are facing new heavy prison sentences on charges of corruption and “squandering of public funds.” Both men have also been accused of enabling some businessmen to gain “illicit profits,” by allowing them to benefit from public projects and deals.

The reports of the security services regarding the investigations into projects obtained by prominent businessman Ali Haddad, were discussed at a trial on Monday. Haddad, who is the main defendant, was last month convicted to18 years in prison.

Sellal and Ouyahia both received a 12 years prison sentence each.

At the beginning of the trial, there was some controversy regarding the extent of specialization of the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the term of a former prime minister. Both defense teams of Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal demanded that, as stipulated in the constitution, the State Supreme Court should take over their trial.

Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal
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This judicial entity however, does not exist given that it wasn’t established by authorities, thus the judge estimated that their trial must take place within the framework of available entities within the regular judiciary.

After a lengthy process, the debate finally ended with lawyers agreeing to continue pleadings on behalf of their clients.

Because both Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal were located in two different prisons far from the capital, their trials had to take place remotely.

Sellal was brought to the court in Algiers, along with several imprisoned former ministers and state officials. Some of whom are on trial for corruption cases relating to their time during which former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was in power.

While being questioned about Haddad, Ouyahia indicated that the “National Council of Investment,” in which several ministers and military officers are included, studies all public deals and approves or rejects them. 

He stressed that within his capacity as the head of the Council, he alone could not make such decisions.

Ouyahia argued that the case includes facts attributed to him at a time when he was not the prime minister.

 The judiciary earlier this year had sentenced Sellal to 12 years in prison, and Ouyahia to 15 years on charges of corruption related to the period when Bouteflika was absent from the political scene due to illness.

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Your Prophecy Has Come True, South Sudan President Tells Nigerian Prophet

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Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of South Sudan, has praised the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, over a prophecy the latter gave in 2019.

President Mayardit said the Nigerian controversial preacher prophesied that peace would come to South Sudan in 2020 and it has in fact come true.

The South Sudan leader said this in an invitation letter to Prophet TB Joshua.

In November 2019, the Nigerian man of God travelled to South Sudan upon invitation by the South Sudanese head of state. He prayed at the State House in a ceremony attended by most senior government officials.

In an invitation letter date May 5, 2020, Kiir invited Joshua for another visit, praising him for his prophesy which he said in the letter has materialized after failure of regional and international bodies to bring peace in South Sudan.

“… for your love and humility by coming on your prophetic and historic visit on 12th November 2019 when the Nation was in desperate situation whereby the country was experiencing civil war violence for many years,” Kiir said in the later dated May 5,” the letter read in part.

“The world organizations tried to negotiate peace but where human wisdom failed, God has the final answer. As you have prophesied that, it shall be a new beginning for the nation and we the leaders should overcome our divisions and our differences and come back to develop our young nation in the World.

“Hence we, the Government and the Opposition have come together to implement the revitalized Peace Agreement and now the nation is at peace followed by the formation of revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R.TGONU), which signifies a new beginning indeed. ”

Kiir further invited Joshua again saying “The whole nation of South Sudan is ready to receive you once again.”

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