Daily Archives: July 13, 2019

Germany gives priority to economic diversification

Luanda – German Federal Council Chairperson Daniel Gunther reiterated Friday in Luanda that his government is giving priority to the diversification of the economy underway in Angola as part of the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries.

Daniel Gunther, who held a meeting with the Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, Diamantino Azevedo, reported that there are other priorities, as well as support in the refining of crude oil.

“The minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum of Angola is one of the very important interlocutors for us in the field of diversification.

There are already many areas of cooperation between both countries, but other than oil, there are other fields for cooperation, one of the objectives of our conversation, “he said.

During the meeting, topics were discussed on possible areas of cooperation, in the context of strengthening economic relations between Angola and Germany.

Another strategy of Germany in the framework of cooperation is the bet on the renewable energy sector, an area where the European country is well advanced, both in solar panels and in wind energy.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Soccer: AzulAPound o may leave Petro de Luanda for Cyprus

Luanda – The striker Tiago AzulAPound o, Girabola’s top scorer in 2017 and 2018, may switch Petro de Luanda for the Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus, ANGOP learned from a reliable source.

According to the same source, the management of the Catetao club is analysing the proposal of the Cypriot club for the 31-year-old athlete who has been wearing the tricolor team emblem since 2016.

AzulAPound o, one of the best players of Petro de Luanda, and also one of the most influential units of the team, did not integrate the squad that, this afternoon, traveled to South Africa, where they will prepare the football season that starts on August 4 with the Supercup dispute.

In the service of Petro de Luanda since the second round of 2016, the Brazilian was the top scorer of the national championship in 2017 (16 goals) and 2018 (21).

In four years in Petro de Luanda, he won only the Angola Cup in 2017

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Sudan Activists Call for ‘Justice’ for Killed Protesters

KHARTOUM, SUDAN � Tens of thousands of Sudanese flooded the streets of Khartoum and other cities Saturday to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in, and a protest leader said a planned meeting with the country’s ruling generals to sign a power-sharing deal was postponed until Sunday.

The Justice First” marches were called by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has been spearheading the protests since December. Those demonstrations led to the military ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April.

The marches marked 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy protesters’ sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3. Protest organizers said security forces killed at least 128 people during the dispersal and subsequent crackdown. Authorities, however, put the death toll at 61, including three from security forces.

Accountability sought

Protesters have called for a transparent and fair” investigation into the deaths. The military council should be held accountable [for] the massacre,” said protester Samer Hussein.

Footage and photos posted by the SPA showed thousands of people demonstrating in the capital and its sister city of Omdurman. There were protests in other places, including the Red Sea city of Port Sudan and the eastern province of Kassala.

Protesters were seen waving Sudanese flags and posters that read Freedom, Peace and Justice” and Civilian [authority] is the people’s choice.”

The marches came just over a week after massive demonstrations on June 30, when tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets in the biggest show of numbers in the uprising. At least 11 people were killed in clashes with security forces, according to protest organizers.

Saturday’s marches also put pressure on the ruling military council as it and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, planned to meet to sign a power-sharing agreement. African Union envoy Mohammed el-Hassan Labat originally said a meeting would take place Saturday night. But Ahmed Rabei, a spokesman for the SPA, said later the protest movement called for the talks to be postponed until Sunday for more consultations” within the FDFC on the deal.

The state-run SUNA news agency, however, reported that both sides would meet late Saturday. SUNA quoted a statement by the military council as saying that they would discuss the constitutional document” with the FDFC in their meeting in a luxury Khartoum hotel.

The signing ceremony was expected to take place earlier this week, but several delays have been announced, raising suspicions the two parties might still be divided over the agreement’s details.

Communists reject deal

Late on Saturday, the Sudanese Communist Party, which is part of the protest movement, said it rejected the power-sharing agreement because it does not include an international investigation into the crackdown and it keeps paramilitary forces in existence.

The party said it would not take part in the joint Sovereign Council, the FDFC-appointed cabinet or the legislative body that would rule Sudan during the transition.

The deal provides for the Sovereign Council to rule for a little over three years while elections are organized, along with a constitutional declaration, according to a copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press. A military leader is to head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the next 18.

The deal was meant to end a weekslong political deadlock between the military and protesters since the Khartoum sit-in site was cleared.

They also agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown by security forces on the protests last month, though it’s unclear if anyone will be held accountable.

Gen. Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, deputy head of the military council, told a gathering of military supporters in Nile River province, about 100 kilometers [62 miles] north of Khartoum, that his forces, the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, are not angels and we will try all offenders.”

The RSF grew out of the notorious Janjaweed militias used by al-Bashir in the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s. Protesters accuse it of leading the nationwide crackdown, and the SPA has called for the force to be disbanded.

Dagalo accused intelligence agencies” of defaming the RSF. He did not elaborate.

Source: Voice of America

Toll in Migrant Boat Accident off Tunisia Rises to 82

TUNIS, TUNISIA – The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank off its coast last week has risen to 82, in one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said Saturday.

The boat capsized after setting off for Europe from neighboring Libya. Survivors told the Tunisian coast guard last week that it had been carrying 86 people.

Tunisian fishermen rescued four people but one later died in hospital, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said last week.

After a week of searches, all the 82 bodies who were in the boat that sank last week were recovered, Mongi Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, told Reuters.

Libya’s west coast is a main departure point for African migrants hoping to reach Europe, though numbers have dropped because of an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support Libya’s coast guard.

Sixty-five migrants heading for Europe from Libya drowned in May when their boat capsized off Tunisia.

Source: Voice of America