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Libya’s Parties Demand Equal Division Of Oil

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Libya's Parties Demand Equal Division Of Oil

The two warring leaders in Libya have put a demand forward as the nation prepares to resume oil production. Concerns have been raised over who supervises its export and how to ensure oil revenue will be divided equally among interested parties.

Commander Khalifa Hafter, whose east-based forces led a failed yearlong siege to take the capital, Tripoli, from the U.N.-backed government announced on Friday that his forces would allow the Libyan oil facilities to start operating again for the first time since January “with conditions that ensure a fair distribution of revenue.

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Officials, politicians and observers considered the move by Hafter a gesture that would overcome the obstacles to a possible comprehensive Libyan consensus.

The deputy prime minister of the Libyan interim government in the east of the country, Dr. Abdisalam al-Badri, said, revenues will be deposited in special bank accounts so that they are not disposed of until after the formation of a unified Libyan government.

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Libya’s highly prized, light crude has long been a factor in its civil war, as rival militias and foreign powers jostle for control of Africa’s largest oil reserves.

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Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled and killed longtime ruler Mohammar Gadhafi. The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

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Police Arrest 100 Over Angola Anti-Government Demos

At least 100 protesters have been arrested in Angola following what is described as violent anti-government demonstrations in the nation`s capital Luanda over the weekend.

Interior ministry secretary, Salvador Rodrigues, said on state television, one hundred three persons, including political party leaders, were arrested and detained.

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Protesters took to the streets to demand jobs and better living conditions. They are also demanding a new date for local government elections that were due this year, but put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Angolan authorities accused protesters of being violent – throwing stones, burning tires and damaging a fire engine. The protesters have been charged for arson and rioting, among other.

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In a statement on Sunday, main opposition party, Unita, alleged police use of excessive force and demanded “unconditional release” of all persons arrested.

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic – RIA

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Russia Sends More Military Equipment To Central African Republic - RIA

Russia has opened a representative office in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., and has donated ten armoured vehicles to the country.

Moscow has been solidifying its presence in the C.A.R. in recent years, sending weapons, contractors and political advisors, and has been growing its role on the continent overall as part of a renewed push for global prestige.

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The RIA news agency cited the Russian ambassador as saying on Saturday that five members of the Russian military had arrived in Bangui, C.A.R.’s capital, on Saturday, led by senior military officer – Oleg Polguev who will head up the Russian defence ministry’s representative office in the country.

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The African nation has asked for Russia`s help in lifting an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

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Guinea President Alpha Condé Wins Controversial Third Term

Guinea`s incumbent president, Alpha Conde, has won re-election. A full preliminary tally from the election commission released on Saturday shows Conde won the October eighteenth poll with nearly sixty percent of the vote.

The 82-year-old Conde`s victory, once confirmed by the constitutional court, will give him a third term in office. The opposition had said the president had no right to participate in the election, but Conde says a constitutional referendum in march reset his two-term limit. Opponents say he is breaking the law by holding on to power.

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Results showing conde`s lead has sparked street protests in opposition strongholds leading to at least 17 deaths. Gunfire rang out across Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Friday as security forces dispersed protesters and soldiers patrolled the streets in trucks.

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Former prime minister, Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with thirty-three and a half percent of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.

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