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Chad’s Junta Leader Promises Dialogue Amid Protests

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Amid protests against the military takeover, Chad’s new leader, Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno has addressed the nation, promising an “inclusive national dialogue” aimed at returning the country to civilian rule within 18 months.

Following the death of longtime President Idriss Déby, tensions have risen in Chad and the military transition is struggling to win over a population exhausted by 30 years of monolithic, autocratic rule.

Key ally France has expressed concern, with President Emmanuel Macron saying he condemns the suppression of Tuesday’s protests in the strongest terms and opposes a father-to-son “succession plan”:

Earlier, two persons were killed and 27 hurt during a protest in Chad on Tuesday. Demonstrators are demanding a return to civilian rule after the military took over the affairs of the country after rebels killed former president Idriss Deby On the battlefield.

Police responded with force against demonstrators who oppose the military junta.

Meanwhile, French president Emmanuel Macron has condemned the treatment of protesters in Chad.

An anonymous health official at a hospital in the capital N’Djamena, confirmed the death of a man in his 20s who was brought into the emergency ward along with 27 other persons injured during Tuesday’s protests.

France has also shifted stance on chad civilian-military transition and now supporting call for civilian government. France had backed a civilian-military transition led by president Idriss Deby’s son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, to oversee an 18-month transition to elections. Opposition politicians called this a coup.

Meanwhile, at least 12 Chadian soldiers have been reported killed near Lake Chad following an attack on their base by Islamist militants.

According to local governor Mahamat Fadoul Mackaye, forty jihadists where also killed after the attack on Monday morning in the Kaya district.

AFP reports stated that the area is also home to a base for Islamists groups including Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap).

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Rwanda Leads Way In Gender Equality

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Rwandan government has been hailed for leading way in gender parity.

A latest report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union dubbed ‘women in parliament’ (IPU) says Rwanda remains the world’s leading country with the most number of women in government positions. The analysis shows Rwanda was the only African country in this year’s top ten leading countries with women in politics.

Besides the 61% of the country’s parliamentary seats being occupied by women, the report also ranked Rwanda as the sixth country with women holding 50 %or more ministerial positions.

The report’s authors have said, women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030, citing that achieving gender parity in political life is far off, with the current data.

Besides Rwanda, there are only two parliaments where women account for above 50% of the seats. They include Cuba and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), occupying the second and third spots respectively.

For the first time, however, the global average of women in parliament reached a record-high 25.5%, an increase of 0.6% from the previous edition.

“Progress is being made, but parliaments must be more open to women. They should be gender-sensitive and transform their functioning and structures to facilitate work-life balance for women and men,” the IPU secretary-general, Martin Chungong, said.

The report said, at the current pace, it will take another 50years before gender parity is achieved in parliaments worldwide.

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Ethiopia Says UN Role In Nile Dam Row ‘Unhelpful’

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Ethiopia Says UN Role In Nile Dam Row 'Unhelpful'

Ethiopia says United Nations role in Nile Dam row is unhelpful. The huge dam known as the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a point of contention for a decade between Addis Ababa and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia says the project is essential to its development and has started filling it. But the other two countries fear it could restrict their citizens’ water access.

Ethiopia has described as “unhelpful” the intervention of the U.N. in the long-running dispute over the Nile River mega-dam.

The county’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that it was “regrettable to witness that the progress of negotiations has been dragged and politicized”. Ethiopia said on Tuesday that the African Union-led process was important in addressing the concerns of the three concerns and that it was committed to seeing the process to a successful conclusion.

The statement added “Ethiopia has made its position clear time and time again that this is unproductive and bringing the subject matter to the United Nations security council was and is unhelpful and far from the mandate of the council.

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EU To Train Mozambique Military Forces

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EU To Train Mozambique Military Forces

The European Union (EU) has approved a military training mission in Mozambique to support armed forces there to protect the civilian population. Nearly a million persons have fled their homes amid jihadist violence there.

The EU mission says it aims to train and support Mozambique military in restoring security to northern Cabo Delgado which has been plagued by extreme violence amid jihadist attacks since 2017.

The mission, initially set to last for two years, will also involve “military training in operational preparation, specialized training in counter-terrorism, and training and education in the protection of civilians.

Over the last three years, more than twenty-eight hundred persons have died in the violence which has forced about 900,000 others from their homes.

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