MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Monday for political newcomer Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to be the country’s next president, with the streets of the capital erupting into celebratory gunfire.
The country’s lawmakers were voting in the first poll of its kind in decades. The vote was billed by the United Nations as a milestone in the war-ravaged country’s quest to end more than 20 years of violence, graft and clan feuds.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Members of parliament in Somalia voted for a new president on Monday in the first poll of its kind in decades despite suspicions the election will be rigged and do little to alter the political landscape.
Billed by the United Nations as a milestone in the war-ravaged country’s quest to end two decades of violence, graft and infighting, newly selected lawmakers convened at the police academy to vote for the next head of state by secret ballot.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Members of parliament in Somalia will vote for a new president on Monday in the first vote of its kind in decades amid fears that the historic election will be rigged and do little to alter the political landscape.
Billed as a milestone in the war-ravaged country’s quest to end two decades of violence, graft and infighting, a newly elected parliament will convene at the police academy in Mogadishu to vote for the next head of state by secret ballot.
AL-MARJ, Lebanon (Reuters) – Messages broadcast from mosque loudspeakers warned residents of Damascus neighborhoods to leave their homes and helicopter gunships spitting bullets made sure they heeded the call.
Now home for 18 families from the Syrian capital is a school building in Lebanon’s Bekaa Vally.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Across Khartoum, normally crowded foreign exchange counters have been quiet for over a week, pharmacies are running low on medicine and half-built office blocks stand abandoned – all testament to an economy lurching toward paralysis.
Sudan’s heyday, when billions of oil dollars poured into government coffers, ended abruptly when South Sudan seceded a year ago, taking most of the country’s petroleum output and leaving rocketing inflation and a huge budget gap in its wake.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese police fired teargas at worshippers trying to leave a mosque to demonstrate after Friday prayers, witnesses said, as the government attempts to quell protests against austerity measures and calls for greater freedoms.
The past three weeks have seen small-scale protests across Sudan calling for the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power for 23 years, to resign.
KHARTOUM, July 5 (Reuters) – Sudan has signed oil
exploration and production-sharing deals with foreign companies
on nine blocks, a senior oil official said, sealing investments
of $1 billion in Sudan, which is struggling to deal with a big
loss in oil revenues.
State Oil Minister Ishaq Adam Gamaa said on Thursday
Canadian firm Statesman Resources Ltd as well as
Chinese, Nigerian, Australian, Brazilian and French companies
had signed the agreements. State-owned oi l and gas firm Sudapet
was included in the deals.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – European helicopter gunships attacked a pirate base on the Somali coast on Tuesday, destroying five speedboats, in the first such airborne strike on land by the anti-piracy force.
The Somali-based pirates responded by threatening to kill crew being held on more than a dozen hijacked vessels if they were attacked again.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The European Union’s anti-piracy force on Tuesday attacked pirate bases along the Somali coast for the first time, using helicopters to destroy suspect boats.
Stepping up efforts against a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that international navies have struggled to contain, the EU Naval Force (EU Navfor) said it had conducted an overnight attack on pirate targets using helicopters and surveillance aircraft.
JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Thursday it was ready to reopen negotiations “any time” on a range of disputes with its northern neighbor Sudan after a spasm of fighting, but Khartoum said there could be no such talks unless the two sides settled security issues.
The two countries have been at loggerheads over oil, security and frontier disputes that ignited border clashes last month and for a while raised fears of full-blown war in one of Africa’s most significant oil regions.