In a dramatic turn of events, Ibrahim Al-Sanousi, the chief of the Popular Congress Party's Shura Council, has categorically declared the dismissal of several Shura Council members by the party's General Secretary, Ali Al-Haj, as invalid. Al-Sanousi cited the party's regulations, stating that the Shura Council, as a higher authority, is responsible for holding the leadership accountable, thus overshadowing the General Secretariat.
Al-Haj's Impulsive Actions Questioned
Al-Sanousi criticized Al-Haj's decision as impetuous, reflecting a lack of thought and control over anger. He pointed out that had Al-Haj exercised restraint, he would not have proceeded to dismiss the ten members simply for supporting the October 25th coup. In a twist of irony, Al-Sanousi noted that Al-Haj himself, currently under trial for planning the 1989 coup where he served as a minister, had also previously participated in political activities, including dialogues with a rebel movement.
Conflict in South Sudan
Meanwhile, the South Sudanese government is struggling to regain control of a flashpoint town and quell fighting in a crucial oil-producing region. The conflict, which has claimed up to 500 lives, has heightened ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation, causing widespread concern. African mediators are in talks with President Salva Kiir to broker peace. The fighting, triggered in the capital Juba, has rapidly spread, escalating tensions between loyalists of the former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, and Kiir, a member of the dominant Dinka clan.
Libyan Government of National Unity Under Fire
In Libya, the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh is facing backlash for preventing a group of protesters from the city of Zawiya from joining widespread protests. The unity government neither confirmed nor denied reports of the dismissed minister arriving in Madrid, Spain after fleeing the country. Following a reported meeting between Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and her Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen in Italy, Mangoush was temporarily suspended from her position. The Zawiya protesters accused a Public Security force led by Trabelsi of impeding their path to Tripoli and assaulting them.