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Libyan Parliament, State Council Agree To Restructure Presidential Council

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Libyan Parliament, State Council Agree To Restructure Presidential Council

Libya’s eastern-based House of Representatives, or parliament, and the Tripoli-based Higher Council of State have reached an agreement on restructuring the current Presidential Council.

According to a joint statement by the parliament and the state council, both parties have agreed to reconstruct the Presidential Council to make it composed of a president and two deputies, as well as a prime minister, to form a national unity government.

The statement also said the draft restructuring agreement aims to end the political division in the country, and that the new executive authority’s task is to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections.

The current Presidential Council was appointed in line with a UN-sponsored political agreement signed by the Libyan rivals in 2015.

It consists of a president, five deputies, and three ministers of state.

The parliament rejects the current formation of the Presidential Council, arguing that it has too many members which makes it hard to reach consensus.

The UN, which has been trying to mediate between the two sides to prepare the country for elections, gave a cautious welcome.

UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame “received an update on the progress achieved in the political talks between the two bodies and received a joint document of PC restructuring mechanism,” the UN Support Mission in Libya said in a statement.

Unifying state bodies would be a step forward, but questions remain whether militias and armed groups will accept a deal since they benefit from the country’s chaos.

Tripoli’s government is backed by several armed groups while in the east Khalifah Haftar has emerged as key commander of his LNA troops.

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government is committed to improving the country’s civil aviation infrastructure.  He credited the industry with enhancing the country’s economy and national development.

He said at the eleventh forum of the international civil aviation organization air services negotiation meeting in Nairobi that the aviation industry contributes four tenths of a percent to the country’s gdp.  He also said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi provides seventeen thousand direct and more than half a million indirect jobs.

Kenyatta said about eight in ten tourists visiting Kenya use air transport.

He said these are some of the reasons his government is committed to investing in aviation infrastructure to help the industry play its critical role in the economy.

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

At least two persons were reported killed in Togo over the weekend after security forces moved against protesters. Opposition has accused the government of using what it called “regime soldiers” it says opened fire on the demonstrators.

At least two persons were killed in clashes between Togo’s security forces and protesters.

Authorities reported finding a dead protester in Lome with an open wound in his left eye that indicated a bullet entry. Another dead body was also reported, this time with no bullet wounds.

The protests intensified after the government called for parliamentary elections to be held in late December.  Opposition is against the polls.  It has demanded reforms of the national electoral commission, and a two-term limit for presidents.

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

Two Cameroonian Law graduates, who are now musicians, have been traveling through the country’s English-speaking regions singing messages of peace they believe will touch the rebels and help end the separatist conflict there.

The singers started their group in October when they both lost family members and friend in the secessionist struggle in the English-speaking regions.

The duo sing in both English and French reminding people about the grave repercussions of war, and urging all sides to embrace peace.

The conflict has claimed hundreds of civilian lives. Thousands have been internally displaced, and thousands more have fled, many to neighboring Nigeria.

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