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Monday, 8 November 2021

Cracks appear in Libya’s interim government ahead of crucial Paris talks

Cracks appear in Libya’s interim government over dismissal of foreign minister: The suspension of Libyan Foreign Minister Najla El Mangoush by the country’s president is threatening to evolve into a power struggle between the two most senior Libyan political figures, days before a key conference in Paris designed to pave the way for national elections at the end of December. Interim president Mohamed Al Menfi’s decision to suspend the minister, apparently for making unilateral foreign policy decisions, has been publicly rejected by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, leaving El Mangoush’s position unclear ahead of the international conference on Friday. This came on the same day as the country’s electoral authority announced the conditions for the candidacy for standing in next month’s presidential elections. The BBC and Al Arabiya have more.

Military v teachers in Sudan: Sudanese security forces arrested more than 100 anti-coup protesters — most of whom were teachers — in Khartoum yesterday, according to the Associated Press. Yesterday marked the beginning of a two-day strike with the aim of having a full civilian government lead the transition, following calls made by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which was active during the 2019 protests that led to the ouster of Omar al-Bashir.

Iran ready to reenter the 2015 nuclear accord: Russia and Iran’s foreign ministers have expressed their support towards restoring the beleaguered 2015 nuclear accord, with Iran pledging to comply with its terms as long as the US doesn’t try to add new demands. (Bloomberg)

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