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influential businesswoman “Madame Maya” convicted of corruption

Known as "Madame Maya", this businesswoman posed as the hidden daughter of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. A court in Algiers sentenced her to 12 years in prison, a fine and seizure of her property for money laundering, influence on peddling, waste of public funds and illegal transfer of foreign currency abroad. "Madame Maya", whose real name is Zoulikha Nachinache, has been a very influential woman in Algeria for many years. An influence due to a rumor that she is the daughter of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. During…

The IMF is rather pessimistic about the recovery of the economy in African countries

If the global economy recovers, the rise to pre-crisis activity levels is likely to be long, erratic and uncertain, the International Monetary Fund said in its economic forecast released at its autumn meetings. . Return to activity will be particularly difficult for certain new and developing countries, where infections are growing rapidly. But also for the African countries that relied on their oil exports or tourism to come back. Sub-Saharan Africa could experience its first recession in 25 years. After 3.2% growth…

protests in Sbeïtla in the center-west after the death of a man

Demonstrations took place on Tuesday 13 October in Sbeïtla, about 30 miles (30 kilometers) from Kasserine, a marginalized region in central western Tunisia. Residents' anger erupted after the death of a man killed in the destruction of his newsstand. It all starts at night from Monday to Tuesday. The local authorities in Sbeïtla decide to apply a decision to destroy an illegal outlet for newspapers and tobacco. However, the owner's father is sleeping inside. He died during this operation. Her son explains that municipal…

The IMF is sounding the alarm about the economic consequences in Africa

The International Monetary Fund held a virtual meeting on Friday, October 9, on the impact of coronavirus in Africa in the presence of its CEO Kristalina Georgieva. According to the latter, economic support released in recent months is significant, but it remains insufficient to help the continent emerge from the crisis. According to the IMF chief executive, the institution has already released nearly $ 26 billion this year. This is ten times more than what the IMF releases on average each year for loans. But the needs…

Khalifa Haftar, his son Saddam and the gold smuggler

Marshal Khalifa Haftar's private plane landed in Istanbul twice in July last year. The Falcon 900 also landed during the same period in Abu Dhabi and then at the private Emirati airport Al Batine, reserved for business people. This private jet attracts the attention of "flight tracking" enthusiasts who monitor flights in real time and track their movements. Usually this plane is used by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, but more often and more it is used by his relatives for human trafficking and money laundering. This episode in…

a new step towards a comprehensive peace following a meeting between Hemeti and al-Hilu

Number 2 of the Sovereign Transitional Council, General Hemeti, met in Juba, South Sudan, the leader of one of the country's most important uprisings, Abdelaziz al-Hilu. The latter was not a signatory to the peace treaty signed on 3 October. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as "Hemeti", wore a civilian costume on Thursday in Juba, a purple shirt and a tie, while usually wearing the sand-colored uniform of his rapid support forces instead. But this time the occasion was special. Abdelaziz al-Hilu agreed to seek an…

so far exemplary, Tunisia is sinking in the health crisis

The curfew has been established in several major provinces such as Tunis, Sousse or Monastir. Prayers and weekly markets are now banned and festivities and gatherings are canceled. While in early summer the Tunisian model was praised for its control of the pandemic, the tone has changed. as reported from Tunis Michel PicardThe…

In Sudan, six artists imprisoned since August have been released

They were fired this Tuesday. Their arrest sparked an uprising last month in Khartoum because everyone had taken part in the revolution that brought down Omar al-Bashir's regime in 2018. Among them was young director Hajouj Kouka. It all started in a neighborhood dispute in the popular district of el-Zouhour in Khartoum-Nord in…

the murder of a young girl revives mobilization on feminicides

Gatherings are scheduled this Thursday in several Algerian cities to condemn feminicides. No official figures exist, but the Facebook account Algeria Feminicides, which monitors this topic, has identified 38 since the beginning of this year. The murder of a young girl, Chaïma, revives mobilization. Chaïma was 19 and was found dead last week at a deserted gas station near Boumerdes east of Algiers. Local media claim she was raped, beaten and then burned to death. According to the prosecutor, a suspect confessed. He is…

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