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Libya Releases Prisoners To Contain Covid-19 Spread

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The internationally recognized government in Tripoli, Libya has ordered more than 400 prisoners to be freed, making it the latest country in the middle east to release detainees in response to covid-19 pandemic.

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Saudi Arabia has ordered the release of nearly 250 persons imprisoned for relatively minor charges.

Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, and Syria have all made similar moves. But there have been few political prisoners or prisoners of conscience among those freed.

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Human rights organizations, relatives and local activists are calling for their release as well.

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Uganda: Two Arrested Over Makerere University Fire / ANN News

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Soaring Inflation Hampers South Sudan Government / ANN News

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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