North Africa

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s CPR Party Reverses Decision to Withdraw From Government

February 11, 2013

“Congress for the Republic (CPR) Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou told a news conference that the party had decided to remain in the government.”

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Hundreds of Thousands of Tunisians Protest at the Opposition Leader’s Funeral

February 8, 2013

“The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men destroying nearby cars, as black smoke spiraled from burning vehicles into the sky and clouds of tear gas floated over the nearby cemetery.”

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Hundreds of Tunisian Protesters Attack a Police Station in the Capital of Tunis

February 7, 2013

“Hundreds of youths stormed the police station and threw its furniture, equipment and files into the street before fleeing, the witnesses said.”

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Tunisia Ruling Party Ennahda Overrides Prime Minister’s Government Dismissal

February 7, 2013

“Tunisia’s ruling party has reportedly rejected moves to dismiss the government and form a cabinet of technocrats after the assassination of an opposition leader.”

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Egyptian Government Provides Security For Opposition Leaders in Response to Death Fatwahs

February 7, 2013

“The cleric, Mahmoud Shaaban, appeared on a religious television channel and said leaders of Egypt’s main opposition coalition would get a death sentence under sharia (Islamic law).”

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Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil Condemns Death Fatwahs

February 7, 2013

“On Thursday afternoon, however, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil expressed his rejection of such “extreme” statements, stating that such statements directly incite murder and raise dissent and unrest in the country.”

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France Temporarily Closes Schools in Tunisia Due to Concerns Over National Protests

February 7, 2013

“”French schools in Tunisia will be exceptionally closed on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February 2013,” the embassy said in a statement on its website on Thursday.”

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Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik: Egyptian Government “Nearing the End of the Road”

February 7, 2013

“Shafik says Egypt’s first popularly elected president is driving the country deeper into political, economic and social turmoil and as a result will lose power.”

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International Criminal Court Orders Extradition of Gaddafi’s Former Spy Chief From Libya

February 7, 2013

“They would decide later how to respond if the North African state continues to hold Senussi, the judges added. The court has the power to refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council.”

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Presidents of Iran, Turkey, and Egypt Meet in Cairo on Wednesday

February 7, 2013

“”There was a three-way summit of Egypt, Turkey and Iran about the crisis and we look forward to it leading to the resolution of this crisis. We are optimistic,” Salehi said.”

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Iran Foreign Minister Salehi: Syrian Government Ready to Negotiate With the Opposition Coalition

February 7, 2013

“Shi’ite Iran is President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer in the region, and has been at loggerheads with mostly Sunni-led Arab states that have called for Assad to step down.”

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Iran President Ahmadinejad Calls For a “Strategic Axis” With Egypt

February 7, 2013

“President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the first visit to Cairo by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and said he had offered the cash-strapped Arab state a loan.”

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Sudan Frees 5 Captured South Sudan Soldiers

February 7, 2013

“Both countries agreed in September to defuse hostilities but have failed to implement several agreements brokered by the African Union to set up a buffer zone to secure the border and restart oil exports from the South through Sudan.”

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Iran President Ahmadinejad Meets With Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir

February 7, 2013

“Bashir and President Ahmadinejad have met several times in the past two years but the ties are controversial inside the Khartoum government, diplomats say.”

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Analysis: Egyptian Protests Sparked By Alienation From Both Government and Opposition Parties

February 6, 2013

“Now, while elite politicians tussle over matters of ideology or provisions of the Constitution, street protesters like Mr. Mokbel say they are carrying on the fight that kindled the original revolt, a battle against Mr. Mubarak’s abusive and unaccountable security services.”

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