Egypt issues new life sentence against Brotherhood supreme guide

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An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie to life in prison for “planning violent attacks” in a retrial on Monday, judicial officials and a lawyer said. Badie was part of a group of 37 people accused of conspiring to stir unrest during protests that followed the July 2013 military-led ouster of Egypt’s former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the Brotherhood.

The court condemned Badie to a life term along with Mahmoud Ghozlan, a Brotherhood spokesman, and Hossam Abubakr, a member of its guidance bureau, the officials and defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud said. US-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Soltan, his father Salah Soltan and Ahmed Aref, another spokesman for the group, were among 13 defendants sentenced to serve five years behind bars.

Egyptian authorities deported Mohamed Soltan to the United States in May 2015, while his father remains in custody.

The court on Monday acquitted 21 others, including Gehad Haddad, an international spokesman for the Brotherhood. The retrial came after Egypt’s court of cassation scrapped a 2015 ruling under which Badie and 13 others were condemned to death, and 34 defendants given life terms. “We will appeal for everyone who was convicted,” Abdel Maksoud told AFP. The court of cassation would have to issue a final ruling in such an appeal.

Badie is being prosecuted in more than 35 trials, according to his lawyers. He received three death sentences in other cases but those rulings have also been scrapped. The court of cassation has cancelled scores of death sentences against Morsi supporters including against the deposed president himself.

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Egypt parliament passes investment law

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Egypt’s parliament on Sunday adopted a law whose aim is to attract foreign investors to the country as authorities seek to redress its struggling economy. Political instability and jihadist attacks in Egypt have put off tourists and foreign investors since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

The law, which still has to be approved by the president, seeks to boost foreign direct investment, which totalled $6.8bn in the year to June 2016 compared with $13.2bn before the uprising. Lawmaker Medhat al-Sherif, a member of the parliamentary commission on economic affairs, said the new legislation provides for tax exemptions of up to 50 percent for investors in the country’s poorest regions and other incentives in sectors such as electricity and renewable energy.

It provides for “a service centre for investors”, which will be “a one-stop-shop to allow them to deal with one body”, Sherif said. Under the new law, authorities will have a 60-day deadline to provide investors with all requested authorisations, the lawmaker said. Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said the new service centre aimed to “eliminate bureaucracy”, including through services online.

In November, the International Monetary Fund approved a $12bn loan to Egypt, conditional on its adoption of ambitious economic reforms including reducing state subsidies on energy. Egypt received a first tranche of the loan worth $2.75bn that month, and Finance Minister Amro al-Garhi has said a second tranche of $1.2bn could be delivered next month.

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Affaire Fecafoot: La FIFA veut désamorcer la crise

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Les différentes parties conviées à une réunion de conciliation le 8 juin prochain à Zurich en Suisse.

Nouveau rebondissement dans la crise administrative qui secoue la Fédération camerounaise de football (FECAFOOT). Dans un courrier daté du 3 mai dernier, la secrétaire générale de la Fédération internationale de football association (FIFA), Fatma Samoura, convie les différentes parties à une réunion le 8 juin prochain au siège de la FIFA à Zurich (Suisse), « afin d’aider la famille du football camerounais à trouver une solution amiable ». La FIFA, la FECAFOOT et les responsables des clubs Etoile filante de Garoua (Abdouraman Hamadou), Bandjoun FC (Joseph Antoine Bell), Ngaoundéré FC (Nkou Mvondo), Jeunesse Star (Akoe Domingo) et Authentic FC (John Balog) devraient ainsi se retrouver autour d’une table pour négocier une sortie de crise.

Dans son adresse, la FIFA s’inquiète de la situation qui règne dans le football camerounais. « Il ressort de l’examen de ce dossier qu’il y a un risque de crise qui pourrait éclater à tout moment », peut-on lire dans la correspondance. Et d’ajouter plus loin que, « nous estimons nécessaire de prendre des mesures afin d’anticiper tout risque qui pourrait mettre en danger le bon fonctionnement de l’administration du football camerounais ». La FIFA espère ainsi débloquer la situation et permettre aux intervenants de reprendre « une collaboration indispensable ». L’instance dirigeante du football mondial avertie cependant qu’elle est prête à prendre ses responsabilités « si cela est nécessaire » et « imposera des mesures adéquates ».

Cette concertation va se tenir dans un contexte marqué par la sentence du Tribunal arbitral du sport (TAS) du 27 février dernier, relative à l’organisation du football camerounais. Le TAS avait jugé irrecevable, l’appel déposé en décembre 2015 par Etoile filante de Garoua, représenté par son président Abdouraman Hamadou, sur la légitimité de Tombi à Roko comme président de la FECAFOOT. Cependant, le TAS avait confirmé la sentence du 12 novembre 2015 de la Chambre de conciliation et d’arbitrage qui annulait les élections du 28 septembre 2015 à la FECAFOOT mais demandait à Etoile filante de saisir les juridictions compétentes pour faire appliquer cette décision. C’est d’ailleurs cette décision du TAS qui justifie en partie la convocation de ladite réunion, tel que Fatma Samoura l’a rappelé dès l’entame de son courrier.



Bamenda: President Biya Assists Food Market Victims

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Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique distributed FCFA 73 million from the presidential couple to victims on May 5, 2017.

May 5, 2017 offered a rare moment to smile for victims whose shops at the Bamenda food market were burnt by unknown people on March 14, 2017. The event was a special offer of FCFA 73,000,700 to victims by the presidential couple. Victims included some 91 people whose 111 open sheds were burnt, six others whose lock- up shops were erased and 12 tables lost to the fire.

North West Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique who presided at the event offered FCFA 20 million to victims of the six burnt lock- up shops; about FCFA 495,000 each per open shop and FCFA 100,000 per table burnt. It was a day for the victims who jumped for joy as they hailed the presidential couple for the assistance which will help wipe their tears and start up business activities from scratch. The assistance came as a reminder to those who had been skeptical about promises made by various government officials that the Head of State was following up the ongoing events in the North West and South West regions and was ready to provide appropriate solutions.

Since the March 14, fire incident, many had given up hope and felt so desperate thinking that life would never be the same for them again. However, all of them found reason to be once more happy and the joy was visible on all the faces that left the Bamenda Congress Hall after the brief ceremony chaired by Governor Lele Lafrique on Friday 5 May, 2017. Thus, the Governor repeated calls for the people to have confidence in the State and not listen to those who only preach destruction and division.

It was against this backdrop that North west governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique inspired the victims to have faith in the Presidential couple who have demonstrated that they share in the joys and pains of Cameroonians. The governor urged them to dominate fear and give their families hope with nonstop business activities. He stressed that the assistance was all about goodwill from the Presidential couple and went on to announce that a suspect linked to the burning of the market is being investigated.


Source : Cameroon-Tribune

Eight reasons why Emmanuel Macron has little reason to celebrate his win

2. Many who voted for him aren’t really behind him
Of those who did vote for him, many said were doing so simply because he wasn’t Marine Le Pen.
Some 33 percent of respondents in an Ipsos poll said they voted Macron because they were won over by the political renewal they saw in him.
Sixteen percent put his policies top of the list, while 8 percent said his personality was the main reason they voted for him.
However the largest chunk, 43 percent, said they were mostly voting against Le Pen.
3. Le Pen is on the move too
The far right scored a record number of votes in the first round (7.6 million) and then went and did it again in the second round, topping the 10 million mark (10.6 million to be precise).
The far right are on an upward trajectory and Le Pen is hinting at a new rebranding and strategy in her post-results speech.
To be fair to Macron he recognized this fact in his victory speech and vowed do everything to stop people voting for extremes. Easier said  than done in a divided France suffering from unemployment.
4. En Marche! will have a hard time getting a majority
Macron will face a host of difficulties trying to gain a majority of seats in the parliamentary elections with such a newly created party. Without that he’ll have a hard time passing the laws he wants.
The Republicans are gearing up to try and gain a majority in parliament, in which case Macron would be reduced to not much more than a figurehead of France’s government.
And on top of that, En Marche is under-financed and unlike the long established parties, it doesn’t have a long-standing coffer to dip into.
5. Parts of the country rejected him  
Le Pen’s strongholds in the north east held firm, gaining 57.42 percent of the vote in Calais and 61 percent in Hénin-Beaumont. In the Aisne department, Le Pen came out on top in 619 out of 804 communes.
Le Pen scored well on France’s Mediterranean coast in the south east, getting close to 50 percent in many departments, like the Var, where she gained 49 percent.
6. He could be doomed to follow in Francois Hollande’s footsteps
Macron has a lot on his shoulders, knowing that if he fails to get results on issues like unemployment during his five years he could see the same fate as Hollande, who was so unpopular in France he became the first French president not stand for a second term.
Many French people already see too much of a similarity between Macron and his predecessor. Le Pen dubbed him “Hollande’s baby” or “Hollande’s heir”.
Fail to deal with unemployment and he will end up having more in common with his predecessor than he would have wished.
What happens now: Macron faces busy schedule starting with his inauguration
7. Unions are already on his back
Worker’s unions in France aren’t about to let Macron forget the huge opposition against him, despite the win.
Already there have been protests, with a demonstration against the election held at la Republique in Paris on Monday organised by Front Sociale, a collective of worker’s unions and associations.
The CGT’s Michael Wamen said: “He is no an elected president, he is like a president-CEO.”
If Macron wants to reform labour laws – and he said he will do by decree – then he can expect more uprisings in the months and years to come.
8. His to do list
Has an incoming president ever had so much on his to-do list from day one?
Macron must try to reconcile the country, cut unemployment, restore faith in Europe, even reform the EU, boost the economy, deal with the terror threat and dangerous jihadists returning from the Middle East, find a way for France to be ease with Islam and immigration, help forge a new identity for the country so it feels at ease with its place in the world
In other words make France feel great again.
Yikes, Bonne Chance Manu!
Source : The Local