Sudan’s PM survives assassination attempt
14 March 2020 | 9:38 am
Sudan's post-uprising Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is unharmed after a bomb and gun attack targeted his convoy on Monday on the way to work in the capital Khartoum. Also, in Nigeria, the influential traditional ruler of Kano is dethroned after a long-running row with authorities. Meanwhile, critics of a controversial social media bill speak out against it at a public hearing at the Nigerian Senate. Journalists and social media users are worried it could stifle freedom of expression.
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Sudanese security forces have shot dead at least 14 anti-coup protesters and wounded dozens more, in the bloodiest day since the military seized power on 25 October. The fatalities in Khartoum on Wednesday raised to 38 the death toll from unrest since the military seized power, a pro-democracy doctors' union said.
Slovakia's former Prime Minister Robert Fico was detained before a protest defying coronavirus restrictions. Fico is a vocal critic of anti-COVID measures in the pandemic-hit country.
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Sudan's prime minister is battling to secure his country's fragile transition to democracy. Ousted in October's coup, Abdalla Hamdok was then reinstated in a deal with military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan — to the dismay of Sudan's pro-democracy movement. Warning: This report contains disturbing images.
The UN's Human Rights Office has called for a prompt and independent probe into reports of rape and sexual harassment at Sudan's anti coup protests on Sunday. Also, the French army announced that it killed a top member of a jihadist organization in an airstrike in Niger. The man was a key suspect in the murder of eight people visiting a giraffe park, including six French citizens. And Egyptian authorities have banned shishas in cafes as a part of their fight against Covid 19.
The UNHCR has said Sudanese security forces shot a man in the head and raped several women during protests against the country's military leaders. More protests are expected over the coming days.
Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese protesters rallied Sunday for a civilian-led transition to democracy, three years since the start of mass demonstrations that led to the ouster of veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir.
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Several protesters are killed in a crackdown on huge Sudanese protests against the military. The military took over the country in October and dozens have died in demonstrations demanding the return of civilian rule.
The Doctors Committee said two people have been killed by authorities. Sudan's military leader has vowed to crack down on protesters demanding civilian rule, saying they "would not achieve a political solution."
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Sunday he was resigning, six weeks after returning to his post in a deal with military coup leaders. Just six weeks after he returned to the job, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced on Sunday he was stepping down.
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