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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Amid coup accusations, Tunisian president pledges to respect democracy

Amid coup accusations, Tunisian president pledges to respect democracy: Tunisian president Kais Saied pledged to respect freedoms, the constitution and the rule of law during meetings with civil society groups yesterday, two days after firing the prime minister, dissolving parliament and imposing a night-time curfew, Bloomberg reports. Saied is trying to gain legitimacy for assuming executive power, an act which appears to enjoy considerable public support for ousting the unpopular Ennahda government but which the Islamist movement has dubbed a coup.

Israel, Palestine accused of war crimes during May fighting: Human Rights Watch has accused Israel and Palestinian militants of committing war crimes during the 11-day Gaza war in May.

IN DIPLOMACY: DRC, South Sudan officials in town for talks with Madbouly:

  • Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly discussed strategic partnership and economic development with South Sudanese vice president James Wani Igga during the first session of the Egyptian-South Sudanese higher committee talks yesterday, according to a statement.
  • The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, water security, and bilateral cooperation over infrastructure, energy and technology were discussed by Madbouly and Democratic Republic of the Congo PM Sama Lukonde Kyenge during talks yesterday. The DRC is the current chair of the African Union, which is leading the GERD negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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