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October 12, 2022
Chad Ex-opposition Politician Named PM
Chad’s government on Wednesday named opposition politician Saleh Kebzabo the new prime minister, a day after the previous prime minister resigned. For more, VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke to Cameron Hudson, a senior associate at the Africa Program Center for Strategic and International Studies.
October 04, 2022
“We Are Not Here for Power”: Burkina Faso New Leader
Burkina Faso’s new leader Ibrahim Traore says former junta leader Paul Henri-Damiba was relieved off his duties because he failed to quell jihadist attacks against the West African nation, and adds, the military will be in charge amid a pending national forum that will choose a president.
October 01, 2022
Morocco Calls for Counting, Registering Sahrawi Refugees
In his address to the U.N., Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch called on the international community to urge Algeria to allow the U.N. refugee agency to count and register Sahrawi refugees in Tendouf camps. For more insight, VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke to analyst William Lawrence.
September 14, 2022
Egyptian Assets Up for Grabs
Several Gulf nations have acted on a chance to purchase assets in Egypt, following an announcement by the north African nation that it will sell nearly $40 Billion in assets over four years in a bid to revive its economy. For more, VOA’s Mohammed Elshinnawi spoke to expert, Mohamed Anwar El Sadat
September 13, 2022
Foreign Powers Reiterate Support for Libyan Elections
The U.S., U.K., Italy, France, Turkey, Egypt and Germany have reiterated in a two-day meeting in Berlin their commitment to supporting a comprehensive path to elections in Libya. For more, VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi discussed spoke to Wolfgang Pusztai, a former Austrian military attaché in Libya.
September 08, 2022
U.N. Appoints Senegalese Envoy to Libya
United Nations confirmed the nomination of former Senegalese minister and UN diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily to be the new UN envoy to Libya after the Security Council gave its approval. VOA’s Mohamed Elshinnawi discussed this development with Wolfgang Pusztai, former Austrian military attache in Libya.
September 07, 2022
U.S. Underscores Commitment to Tunisia's Democracy
The U.S. State Department Wednesday said, “the US-Tunisia partnership is strongest when there is a shared commitment to democracy and human rights.” For more, VOA’s senior analyst, Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke to Sarah Yerkes, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
September 01, 2022
Can Kenya’s Ruto Keep Campaign Promises? Expert Answers
Kenya’s declared president, William Ruto, stated his intention to develop thousands of inexpensive housing units, create millions of jobs, and give health insurance to all Kenyans. VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke with analyst Paul Nantolya on whether Ruto could keep his promises.
August 31, 2022
Deadly Tripoli Clashes Threaten New Civil War
Following two years of ceasefire, stability in Libya seems endangered again as deadly clashes erupted in Tripoli between armed militias backing the two rival governments. Libya experts are calling for a totally different approach to prevent Libya from sliding back to violent armed confrontations.
August 30, 2022
Morocco, Tunisia Spat Over Western Sahara
A diplomatic spat started between Morocco and Tunisia following Tunisian President Kais Saied's meeting with the head of the Polisario Front, who demands independence for Western Sahara. VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi spoke with global affairs analyst and U.N. correspondent Ahmed for more insight.
August 26, 2022
Southern Libya Threatens to Form Third Government
A delegation from Southern Libya has threatened to create a parallel government or to seek UN involvement If their demands for representation are not granted. Wolfgang Pusztai spoke with VOA's senior analyst, Mohamed Elshinnawi, about these demands and the possibility of a third government in Libya.
August 25, 2022
Macron in Algeria to Mend Relations
French President Emmanuel Macron is on a three-day trip to Algeria to smooth out rocky relations between the two countries, but analysts say the North African country's leaders may prove hard to win over. VOA's Mohamed Elshinnawi discussed the visit objective with analyst William Lawrence.
July 05, 2022
Analyst: Tunisia Constitutional Committee Head’s Outage ‘Ironic’
The head of the panel that oversaw the drafting of Tunisia’s new proposed constitution, Sadok Belaid, has withdrawn his support for it after President Kais Saied changed the draft to expand presidential powers. An analyst says the constitutional committee was "illegitimate" to begin with.
May 26, 2022
IMF, U.S. Called to Challenge Tunisia President: Analysts
Tunisia, which offered one of the best hopes for democratization in the Middle East as the birthplace of the 2011 so-called "Arab Spring,", has been instead sliding ever-closer to autocratic "strongman" rule since the 2019 election of President Kais Saied, especially in recent times.
November 23, 2021
Libya Gears Up for Contentious December Presidential Vote