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One Killed As Protesters Demand El-Sisi’s Resignation2 minutes read

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At least one person was killed during a protest against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi od Egypt’s government.

Thousands of protesters had on Friday defied a police crackdown to demonstrate against the Egyptian government for the sixth straight day.

The protests – dubbed by demonstrators as a “Friday of rage” – took place across cities, towns and rural areas in Egypt afternoon prayers, including in the capital, Cairo.

Videos of the protests on social media showed protesters burning tyres and chanting: “say it out loud and don’t be scared, el-Sisi has got to go”

In another protesters and riot police squared off in a neighbourhood before police charged at the crowd, causing people to scatter in all directions.

One video purportedly taken in the village of Kafr Saad in Damietta showed police wielding guns as they attempted to disperse protesters.

A 25-year-old protester, Sami Wagdy Bashir, was reportedly killed in al-Blida village in the Giza governorate.

Three others were wounded in the same shooting, the Najda human rights group said.

Mohamed Ali, a prominent opposition figure and a former military contractor living in exile, offered condolences to Bashir’s family.

In some areas, the protests continued late into the night, videos posted online by activists showed.

Several people were also arrested.

The latest wave of anti-government rallies was triggered by el-Sisi’s decision to demolish what he called illegal construction nationwide. Many of the affected neighbourhoods house some of the country’s poorest communities, many who have already been suffering because of the ailing economy, made worse by the coronavirus lockdown.

The demonstrations also come a year after a limited protest movement kindled by Ali, who accused the government of wasting money on lavish construction projects.

The protests last year triggered a wide-ranging crackdown, with Amnesty International saying at least 4,000 people were arrested.

Protests have become very rare in Egypt under el-Sisi, who has banned unauthorised demonstrations after taking power in 2013 following the military’s removal of then-President Mohammad Morsi.

Ahead of Friday’s protests, Ali called on Egyptians to take to the streets again in a video posted on Facebook, saying, “This is our chance to liberate our country.”

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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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