Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Sunday he would seek a fifth term in a presidential election set for April 18, the state news agency APS reported on Sunday, putting an end to months of uncertainty caused by his poor health. Bouteflika’s announcement came a day after the ruling FLN party picked him as its official presidential candidate. Bouteflika remains popular with many Algerians, who credit him with ending the country’s long civil war by offering an amnesty to former Islamist fighters. Would-be candidate Salah Kemmach wants to run because he was born the day that former President Houari Boumediene died in 1978. Bouteflika won the 2014 election with 81 percent of the vote despite not even appearing in his own campaign.
February 11, 2019 07:30 UTC
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February 11, 2019 07:07 UTC
New solution enables rapid capture of suspects’ biometric data – and accurate matching against central database and watchlists; Electronic LiveScan technology deployed in police stations and courts across the country; Police also trialing Mobile ID for ‘anytime, anywhere’ biometric identification. Gemalto (www.Gemalto.com), the world leader in digital security, is supplying its Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System (CABIS) (https://bit.ly/2SmrB2t) and LiveScan (https://bit.ly/2I7sM0Z) technology to the Ugandan Police. Gemalto LiveScan solution will be deployed in police stations and courts nationwide and will allow capture of biometric data, along with the subject’s mugshot and biographical data. Uganda Police Force will be also trialing Gemalto Mobile Biometric Identification solution, which helps officers capture individuals’ fingerprints using a convenient mobile device. “Reliable biometric data is an extremely powerful tool for identifying individuals and bringing offenders to justice,” said Muhirwa Rogers, Police Undersecretary for the Uganda Police Force.
February 11, 2019 06:56 UTC
Atleast twelve persons slumped at the presidential rally by Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar in Kano State, North-West Nigeria, on Sunday. Atiku was said to have pulled a massive crowd at venue of the rally, the Sani Abacha Stadium. According to Channels Tv, more than 12 persons had to be taken out of the stadium by security officials after they slumped in the crowd. The PDP presidential candidate and members of his campaign council had on arrival in Kano visited the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, who received them and prayed for peaceful elections in the country.
February 11, 2019 06:33 UTC
Libya, Feb 7, 2019 – A military push in southern Libya which strongman Khalifa Haftar says is aimed at rooting out “terrorists” and foreign fighters has sparked backlash from an ethnic minority and the UN-backed government. They include Chadian rebels accused of fuelling insecurity and taking advantage of the country’s porous borders to establish rear bases. The LNA in mid-January announced the start of an offensive intended to “purge the south of terrorists and criminal groups”, including rebels from Chad. But some fear Haftar’s offensive could re-ignite the conflict. That could thwart the ambitions of the LNA, whose offensive has garnered some degree of foreign backing, notably from France.
February 11, 2019 01:07 UTC
– Former French colony –Algeria became a French colony in 1830 after three centuries of Ottoman domination. He ran Algeria as a one-party state until his death in 1978. – Bouteflika clings to power –In 1999, at the height of the war, Bouteflika, backed by the army, won the presidential election. – Africa’s biggest country –A country of the Maghreb, Algeria is Africa’s biggest country. Algeria counts some 10 million Berbers, most living in Kabylie, a rebellious mountainous region to the east of Algiers.
February 11, 2019 00:33 UTC
Jaded businesses and investors are approaching the 2019 election in Nigeria with a sense of trepidation due to a lack of clarity over what it means for the economy. Yet, despite these stark differences, the business community in Nigeria is curiously split on which candidate would be better for the economy. As such, Nigeria’s economic climate in the days remaining before the ballot is expected to be characterised by softer growth and lower investor appetite, as ‘wait-and-see’ remains the most prudent approach to Nigerian transactions. Although there was nothing that could be done about the oil-price rout that started in late 2014 and drastically impacted Nigeria’s economic health, much of this malaise has been self-inflicted. Based on the above analysis, President Buhari is favourite to secure re-election in Nigeria’s presidential poll.
February 10, 2019 21:33 UTC
“This irresponsible decision is capable of pushing our country further into political, economic and social crisis,” it said in a statement received by AFP. If re-elected, he would set up an “inclusive national conference” to address “political, economic and social” issues and “propose an enrichment of the constitution”, APS reported. Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal — who ran the incumbent’s successful presidential bids in 2004, 2009 and 2014 — has once again been named campaign manager. – Health not ‘an obstacle’ –Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has said Bouteflika’s health is not “an obstacle” to performing presidential duties. For the last presidential election in 2014, Bouteflika had only declared his intention to run a few days ahead of the deadline.
February 10, 2019 20:26 UTC
The president said he would set up an “inclusive national conference” to address “political, economic and social” issues and “propose an enrichment of the constitution”, APS reported. The country’s ruling coalition — which includes the president’s National Liberation Front — lent its backing to Bouteflika earlier this month. Algeria’s main Islamist party, the Movement for the Society of Peace, will also take part, backing its candidate Abderrazak Makri. It has said Bouteflika would be unable to handle the demands of another term in office because of ill health. -From August 27 to September 1, 2018 he undergoes a "routine medical check-up" in Geneva, according to his office.
February 10, 2019 18:45 UTC
“Mali needs a complete overhaul,” said the ultraconservative leader who organised Sunday’s event with Bouye Haidara, another leading Muslim. In 2015, Dicko stirred controversy when he called jihadist attacks “divine punishment” for Mali adopting more liberal Western traditions. People need to talk to each other,” Dicko told AFP ahead of the event. Dicko, 64, has repeatedly pushed for dialogue to help solve the security crisis plaguing Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries. In Sunday’s speech, he denounced the “terrorist attacks”, saying jihadism “has no place in Mali”.
February 10, 2019 16:18 UTC
Croatia supports the “serious” and “credible” efforts undertaken by Morocco to find a political solution to the Sahara issue, Croatia’s vice prime minister and foreign minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric said. Croatia has the same position as the EU on the Sahara issue, she told press following talks in Rabat with foreign minister Nasser Bourita. She said her country welcomes the resumption of the negotiations process between the parties to the regional conflict over the Sahara, which she described as a “new momentum” that could foster regional stability and prosperity. The Croatian official was leading a delegation including businessmen that explored ways to foster trade and cooperation in areas such as renewable energies and military industry. The two parties also signed a military cooperation agreement establishing the general framework for bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of military training and exercises, military health, disaster management and the exchange of expertise.
February 10, 2019 13:07 UTC
Drax power station located in North Yorkshire, England has set a record of becoming the first in Europe to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from wood-burning. The pilot bioenergy carbon capture and storage project is expected to capture a ton of carbon dioxide a day and Drax power station will also seek to find ways to store and use the CO2 captured, reports Reuters. Drax revealed that the project is the first of its kind in the world to capture carbon emissions from a biomass plant. Earlier attempts to capture and store emissions underground (CCS) in Europe have failed. However, the hope is that finding ways of using the carbon dioxide, rather than simply storing it, will help the technology to become more economically feasible.
February 10, 2019 03:56 UTC
Even where there is no war raging, a growing number of professionals and skilled workers across the Arab world are seeking to leave their home countries. This trend is more and more visible in most parts of the Arab world, except for the Arabian Gulf. What specifically drives university-trained cadres and mid-career professionals in the Arab world to seek the departure gates of international airports? Some Arab professionals are attracted by better pay and working conditions abroad. When majorities in the Arab world believe their countries are “going in the wrong direction,” the rest is details.
February 09, 2019 17:26 UTC
The ruling FLN party has ended suspense by naming President Bouteflika as its candidate for a fifth term in April 18 elections. The move comes after parties in the government coalition voiced support for a fifth term of the 81-year old president who has not spoken in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 that confined him to a wheelchair. The decision will further ignite opposition in Algeria where calls for a boycott of sham elections are on the rise. Prime Minister Ouyahya threatened to crackdown on calls for election boycott if the opposition parties resort to mobilizing people on the streets. Keeping Bouteflika in power through elections offers a democratic facade for an opaque regime controlled by powerful generals and wealthy businessmen close to the President.
February 09, 2019 16:30 UTC
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are being sent to Morocco at the request of the governmentTheresa May has asked the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to visit Morocco later this month to bolster Britain’s image in north Africa as the government seeks to lock down further free trade agreements. The royal couple will travel to Morocco and spend three days touring the country even though Meghan is seven months pregnant. Details of their engagements are still being kept under wraps but it is expected the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fly the flag for Britain free of EU trade rules. A spokesman for Meghan and Harry said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from Saturday, February 23 to Monday, February 25. Prince Charles met young entrepreneurs in Ghana in November last year
February 09, 2019 16:07 UTC