Eritrea president in Somalia for official visit

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President of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, is expected in Somalia today, December 13, 2018; on an invitation by his counterpart, Mohamed Abdulahi Farmaajo.

Journalists in Somalia confirmed the visit citing confirmation from the presidency, Villa Somalia.

The visit comes at a time when a parliamentary move to impeach Farmaajo flopped. Some lawmakers had filed the motion claiming the president had signed secret deals with neighbours, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The arrival of Eritrean President H.E Isaias Afwerki is imminent. Music band is playing final test of both national anthems. hawelti pic.twitter.com/IMiSFtKBKD— Abdinur Mohamed (AbdinurMA) December 13, 2018

The two leaders have met thrice in the last couple of months. In late July, Farmaajo flew to Asmara on a three-day official visit. The two nations reestablished ties after the visit.

Farmaajo returned to Asmara in the first week of September to join a tripartite Joint Cooperation Agreement with Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

It is an honour to sign a Joint Cooperation Agreement with Their Excellencies President Isaias Afwerki and PM Abiy Ahmed in Asmara today. We agreed to enhance economic, political, social, cultural and security cooperation. Through meaningful cooperation we can attain development. pic.twitter.com/OiYqFfigDQ— Mohamed Farmaajo (@M_Farmaajo) September 5, 2018

The most recent meeting between Farmaajo and Afwerki was in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The duo joined PM Abiy for the second round of talks around the tripartite summit.

An Eritrean delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Osman Saleh has also visited Mogadishu months back. Saleh and presidential advisor Yemane Ghebreab, met with Farmaajo and Somali Prime Minister during the visit.

Saleh along with Ethiopia Foreign Minister, Workneh Ghebeyehu also visited Somalia as part of efforts to bolster the tripartite agreement signed in Asmara.

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Pentagon denounces any unilateral military action in ‘their’ part of Syria as unacceptable

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Preview The US is worried that “unilateral” military action against its proxy forces might jeopardize its foothold in Syria, claiming that the Kurds are vital in the battle against IS, as Turkey vows to get rid of “separatist terrorists.”
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Theresa May Tells American Investors – Brexit Britain Is Up for Grabs

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First published in October 2018

Britain will be “unequivocally pro-business” after it leaves the European Union, Theresa May has promised American investors. To neoliberal politicians, this was always the endgame.

The prime minister told the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in …

The post Theresa May Tells American Investors – Brexit Britain Is Up for Grabs appeared first on Global Research.

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Disgusting Conflict of Interest: Theresa May’s Husband’s Investment Firm Made a “Financial Killing” from the Bombing of Syria

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The Prime Minister took the decision to bomb Syria under the full knowledge that her husband’s investment firm would make a financial killing from the resultant bloodbath.

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Voting machines for DRC polls delivered, as 3 killed during opposition rally

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Martin Fayulu, the leader of an opposition coalition in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, faced a second day of clashes with the authorities as he sought to hold a rally in the Eastern part of the country.

Sources told AFP news agency that three people were killed on Wednesday in clashes with police in Kalemie, a town on Lake Tanganyika, where Fayulu was scheduled to campaign.

It came a day after two of Fayulu’s supporters were killed and 43 hurt in clashes at a rally in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s second-largest city.

Two witnesses said “live rounds” were fired after the opposition candidate arrived in Kalemie and headed to the venue.

Fayulu blamed the violence on police as well as on “armed youths on drugs” who, he said, were “dressed in PPRD clothing,” a reference to the country’s ruling party.

“I saw people shooting and I saw a lady fall in front of me,” he told AFP.

He added: “Despite everything, we reached the venue for the rally, we held the rally.”

Fayulu’s aides said three people were killed. A local doctor told AFP there were three bodies at the hospital morgue, while an emergency responder said his team had picked up four bodies.

Fayulu, 62, a little-known lawmaker and former oil executive, has made a late surge after being named the joint candidate for several opposition parties.

As well as Fayulu, the front-runners are Felix Tshisekedi of the mainstream opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress and Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Kabila’s handpicked successor.

ALSO READ: Background to DR Congo’s delayed 2018 presidential polls

Lubumbashi rally

The violence on Tuesday in Lubumbashi came as Fayulu sought to attend a rally there.

A civil rights group, the Congolese Association for Access to Justice (ACAJ) said two people were killed and 43 hurt, 15 with gunshot wounds, according to a provisional toll. The police said 11 police and two civilians were injured. It did not mention any fatalities.

Fayulu said on Tuesday he had been prevented by police from reaching the rally in Lubumbashi.

On Wednesday, he said the authorities had blocked him from flying from Kalemie to the next stop on his schedule, the southern mining city of Kolwezi.

“I am in Goma. They diverted us. They told us that we have no other choice, either Kinshasa, Goma or Bukavu,” he said, referring to a phone conversation with the powerful National Intelligence Agency (ANR).

The UN’s special envoy for the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, issued a statement deploring lives lost in pre-election violence and called on the government to “take the necessary steps to avoid new incidents.”

Election equipment delivered

In a separate development Wednesday, the DRC’s election commission said it had completed the deployment of voting equipment and tested it.

In a posting on Twitter, the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) said that, despite “difficulties,” it could “reassure (the public) that all the election equipment has arrived across the country and in towns and, after technical verification, is in a good operational status.”

The technical and logistical side of the vote has become a fierce political issue.

Some opposition parties are contesting the use of Korean-made electronic voting machines, saying the touchscreen devices can be hacked or the results manipulated.

CENI argued in return that the machines, which also provide a printout to the voter, were completely secure and the only way to quickly tally results across the DRC, a country four times the size of France but hobbled by poor infrastructure.

ALSO READ: DRC govt supplies poll logistics: lorries, planes and helicopters

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