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Draft Sudan deal cements military’s grip

Draft Sudan deal cements military’s grip

KHALID ABDELAZIZ FACTIONS aligned with Sudan's military have drawn up a deal to form a transitional government that would cement the army's control and bypass pro-democracy groups it shared power with before an October coup, according to a document seen by Reuters and three sources familiar with the agreement. The draft deal comes with the military under pressure from a deteriorating economy and frequent protests that have continued despite a lethal crackdown by security forces. The military takeover derailed a transition that had raised hopes in Sudan of an end to decades of autocracy, civil conflict and economic isolation after…
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Guinea junta starts transition talks

Guinea junta starts transition talks

The junta that ousted Guinea's President Alpha Conde last week has started a week-long consultation with political, religious, and business leaders that it says will lead to the formation of a transitional government. The dialogue, which began with a meeting with leaders of the main political parties on Tuesday, is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order. The talks are expected to define the duration of the transition, what political and institutional reforms are needed before elections, and who will lead the transition. The coup led…
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Guinea junta starts transitional government talks following coup

Guinea junta starts transitional government talks following coup

The junta that ousted Guinea's President Alpha Conde last week has started a week-long consultation with political, religious, and business leaders that it says will lead to the formation of a transitional government. The dialogue, which began with a meeting with leaders of the main political parties on Tuesday, is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order. The talks are expected to define the duration of the transition, what political and institutional reforms are needed before elections, and who will lead the transition. The coup led…
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U.N. lists for Libya’s transitional government

U.N. lists for Libya’s transitional government

PARTICIPANTS at Libya's U.N.-sponsored peace talks have approved a list of candidates seeking to lead a transitional government that will prepare the North African state for a national election at the end of 2021, the United Nations said. The transitional government will oversee preparations for the vote that aims to end a decade of chaos and conflict that has left Libya split down the middle and hammered its vital oil exports on which the country's economy depends. The 75 participants at talks in Switzerland, ranging from regional and tribal figures to representatives of political factions, will vote next week to…
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U.S. welcomes transitional government in Mali

U.S. welcomes transitional government in Mali

DIANE BARTS THE United States said on Saturday that it welcomed the establishment of a transitional government in Mali as "an initial step towards a return to constitutional order." Moctar Ouane In late September, President Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel appointed president of the transition, named veteran diplomat Moctar Ouane as interim prime minister. The men will be tasked with overseeing an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after the August 18 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. "We urge the transitional government to honor its commitments to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), including holding democratic elections…
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