May 24, 2024

There Are Foreign ‘Soldiers’ in Benin Who Are ‘Training Terrorists,’ Nigerien Prime Minister Says

In February, the Economic Community of West African States decided to lift sanctions against Niger, including border closures, imposed on the country after a military coup last July. Following the decision, Benin reopened its borders with Niger, which kept the land borders on its side closed. There are foreign “soldiers” in Benin who are “training terrorists,” Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine said to justify Niamey’s decision to keep the land border with Benin closed. In Benin, “non-Beninese lead five points,” Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine said at a conference on economic issues. This country, which borders Niger, has “the largest and most dangerous base, on the edge of the W National Park, where these soldiers train terrorists”, he stressed. These comments came after Zeine said on May 11 that Benin was home to “French bases” training “terrorists to come and destabilize Niger.” He also called on economic operators to transfer their goods to Togo. The borders with Chad, Algeria and Libya remain open. Benin and Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa, have a mutual road transport agreement, which permits companies in Benin to transport goods to and from Niger through the use of ports in Benin and neighboring Togo. In mid-May, Nigerien Transport Ministry said that transportation of the country’s goods in Togo “will be reserved exclusively for vehicles registered in Niger and Togo.”

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DR Congo’s Deputy PM of Economy Elected as Speaker of Lower House of Parliament, Reports Say

On Sunday, a coup attempt was foiled in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, the country’s military reported. Among the organizers of the coup bid were reportedly several US citizens and a British citizen. Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Deputy Prime Minister of Economy, Vital Kamerhe, was elected as a speaker of the country’s lower house of parliament, media said. The vote, which was scheduled for May 18, took place on Monday. Kamerhe received 371 of the 401 votes cast by the members of the parliament. The election of the speaker paves the way for the DR Congo to appoint a government, a task that has been pending since the December 2023 presidential election where the country’s President Felix Tshisekedi secured a second term. On Sunday, the security forces of the Congo reported that they successfully thwarted a coup attempt and defended Kamerhe’s residence in from an attack. According to Kamerhe’s spokesperson, Michel Moto Muhima, two guards lost their lives during the assault.

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Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno Inaugurated as First President of Fifth Republic of Chad

The presidential elections in Chad were held on May 6 following a three-year transition period. Mahamat Idriss Deby, then-interim president of Chad, emerged as the winner of the elections with 61.3% of the vote, as announced by the electoral commission. General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno has been inaugurated as first president of the 5th Republic of Chad. The presidential term lasts for five years and may be extended once. According to Chad’s electoral commission, he received 61.3% of the vote, which took place on May 6. Taking the oath of office, Deby said he swore “before the Chadian people… to fulfil the high functions that the nation has entrusted in us.” The ceremony, which was held at the Palace of Arts and Culture in the country’s capital N’Djamena, was attended by eight African leaders, Chadian Constitutional Council members and hundreds of guests, according to media reports. Earlier, Deby announced a “return to constitutional order” and promised to be “the president of Chadians from all backgrounds and of all sensibilities.” Deby was elected president of Chad after governing the country for three years since the death of Chad’s ex-President Idriss Déby Itno in 2021 from wounds, which he received fighting the rebels in the north of the country. At first, Mahamat Idriss Deby was the head of a transitional military council, and a year later the council appointed him as interim president.

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