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Niger’s ousted president loses immunity, say lawyers

Niger’s ousted president loses immunity, say lawyers

NIGER'S ousted President Mohamed Bazoum has been stripped of his immunity by the State Court of Niamey, a move that signals the ruling junta will launch criminal proceedings against him, his lawyers said on Friday. Bazoum was toppled in a military coup last July. He and his wife have since been held in detention, despite repeated calls from the regional political and economic bloc ECOWAS and Western powers for his release. One of his lawyers, Moussa Coulibaly, announced the court's decision in a statement and said it paved the way for the court to prosecute Bazoum for treason and conspiracy…
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Sudan factions start talks for final transition deal

Sudan factions start talks for final transition deal

SUDANESE political parties began talks to try to reach a final deal to form a civilian government and resolve other outstanding issues more than a year after a military coup. Last month, the parties signed an outline deal with the military to launch a new political transition towards elections, but protesters criticised the agreement as unrepresentative, and it left contentious points for further talks. One of those points, the policy for dismantling the administration of Omar al-Bashir after his overthrow in an uprising in 2019, is the first to be tackled in talks this week. The process of dissolving Bashir-era institutions and retrieving funds…
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Sudanese journalists form independent union to defend freedoms

Sudanese journalists form independent union to defend freedoms

SUDANESE journalists have formed the country's first independent professional union for decades, in what campaigners said was an important step towards re-establishing freedoms after a military coup. "The victory is to regain our syndicate after more than 30 years in order to defend the freedom and professionalism of the press," said one journalist Waleed Alnour, who waited hours in the sun to cast his vote in an election for the union's leadership on Sunday. The union has 1,164 members, 659 of whom took part in Sunday's vote. Shadow unions that sprang up in opposition to autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who packed…
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Sudan adjourns trial against Bashir and allies

Sudan adjourns trial against Bashir and allies

KHALED ABDELAZIZ OUSTED Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and some of his former allies went on trial on Tuesday on charges of leading a military coup that brought the autocrat to power in 1989. A Sudanese court had already handed Bashir a two-year sentence in December on corruption charges. He also faces trials and investigations over the killing of protesters. State TV broadcast the judge opening the hearing at a court in Khartoum without showing footage of Bashir, who has been jailed since he was toppled in April last year following mass protests against his 30-year rule. In December, his lawyer…
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Myanmar court files more charges against Suu Kyi, police crack down on protests

Myanmar court files more charges against Suu Kyi, police crack down on protests

MYANMAR'S ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared at a court hearing via video conferencing yesterday as supporters marched in several towns and cities in defiance of a crackdown after the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters in the main city of Yangon on Monday, witnesses said. They later combed through side streets firing rubber bullets and at least one person was hurt, media reported. Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing In an evening address on state television, army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing…
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At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

MYANMAR police fired on protesters around the country yesterday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said. Police were out in force early and opened fire in different parts of the biggest city of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gas and shots in the air failed to break up crowds. Soldiers also reinforced police. Several wounded people were hauled away by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media images showed. One man died after being brought to a hospital with a bullet…
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More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests

More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests

SECURITY forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar yesterday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said. The lethal crackdown came on Armed Forces Day. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw to mark the event that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot "in the head and back". Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay…
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Mali protest leader steps back as coup leaders promise election

Mali protest leader steps back as coup leaders promise election

TIEMOKOK DIALLO ONE of Mali's most influential power brokers, Mahmoud Dicko, will withdraw from politics, his spokesman said, after a meeting with leaders of a military coup who have promised to oversee elections within a "reasonable" time. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned and dissolved parliament on Tuesday after the mutineers detained him at gunpoint, further rocking a country that is in the grip of a jihadist insurgency and civil unrest. Fearing Keita's fall after nearly seven years in power could destabilise the Sahel region, the African Union and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) both suspended Mali. The mood…
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African Union condemns Mali coup, suspends country’s membership until ousted president is reinstated

African Union condemns Mali coup, suspends country’s membership until ousted president is reinstated

AFRICAN Union has suspended Mali's membership and its chair and South African President has strongly condemned the bloodless military coup in Mali and called on the soldiers to restore civilian power.  Ramaphosa labeled the army’s action, which came after weeks of protests and was celebrated by Malians, as unconstitutional. Malian soldiers took power after they forced  President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his cabinet and Parliament to resign.  Ramaphosa demanded the release, from detention, of Keita, the prime minister, cabinet ministers and other government executives. He also called for an end to military rule and said the soldiers must immediately return…
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Mali junta frees ousted president Keita ahead of regional summit

Mali junta frees ousted president Keita ahead of regional summit

TIEMOKO DIALLO and DAVID LEWIS  COUP leaders in Mali have released President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and he has returned home, his representative said on Thursday, a potential sign of good faith a day ahead of a regional summit on the country's political future. A group of military officers has controlled Mali since Aug. 18, when they detained Keita at gunpoint and forced him to resign in a takeover foreign powers fear could further destabilise the West African nation and undermine a fight against Islamist militants in the wider Sahel region. Keita's release, nine days after he was ousted and detained,…
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