Newsletters for Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Selected by Demoye Kouassi, Afriquematin.net

IVORY COAST

The Ivorian company is entering the world of mobile telephony

The Cerco group has just launched the Superphone Open, a smartphone that can perform tasks with a few simple words without needing to know how to read or write. Another advantage is that the phone answers inquiries in about fifteen local languages ​​of Côte d’Ivoire. A phone that is accessible to almost all Ivorians because it answers in basic French, answers in local languages ​​and directs the person to other programs

The Superphone is the brainchild of Ivorian group Cerco, a keyboard-less phone billed as revolutionary because it can do any task just by talking to it. Superphone required seven years of work for the Ivorian company, but the idea was born 17 years ago in the head of the doctor of computer science Alain Capo-Chichi, president of the Cerco group. In two weeks, the Ivorian brand says it has already sold thousands of models priced between 30,000 and 60,000 CFA francs (approximately €45 to €90).

The ballot paper for the RHDP departmental council elections is covered in violence

Tensions came to a head this weekend in Côte d’Ivoire during the Houfetist Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP). The ruling party elected councilors for its departments, but the vote was marred by violence in several places.

Seliki Zie Kone has just been elected secretary general of the department of Couto, in the north-west of Côte d’Ivoire. But on Saturday, July 23, the vote was marred by violence due to irregularities. Half of the two thousand activists were not registered in the electoral rolls and, according to the newly elected, thugs would break in to disrupt the voting.

In Kuto, seven people were slightly injured due to crowd movements. In other localities such as Buna in the northeast and Abuasso in the southeast, voting simply did not take place due to tensions.

AFRICA

Africa, a very flattering continent

Coincidentally, the head of Russian diplomacy is on the continent when the French head of state begins his African tour. Emmanuel Macron – in Cameroon, Sergey Lavrov – in Congo-Brazzaville.

Cameroon: Biya-Macron tête-à-tête announced at the Unity Palace

An hour of tete-a-tete conversations is planned in the secret of the Unity Palace. Emmanuel Macron is up against Paul Biya, who is 44 years old for the first time, twice the age of his host, including four decades soon to be in power. It is planned that the heads of the two states will have dinner together and hold a joint press conference.

DRC: fire at ports and transport building in Kinshasa

In Kinshasa, a fire destroyed the entire left wing of the building that houses the head office of the Company of Commercial Transport and Ports (SCTP). This wing houses the treasury of the company and the services of the General Secretariat of the Economy of the central government. They saved the server of the IT department and the cash register of the SCTP. An investigation into the causes of the accident has been launched.

Central African Republic: The country is approaching the 2016 constitutional reform

The revision, which would remove the lock on the number of presidential terms, is causing controversy in the country. Twenty parties and civil society organizations, in particular, created the “Republican Bloc” to challenge the project. But the government shows that it wants to move forward. At the last Council of Ministers on July 20, its members approved the reform project.

EUROPE

Germany delivered the first Cheetah tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine received the first Gepard armored vehicles from Germany. This was announced by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine on Monday, July 25. Promised last April, three of these anti-aircraft tanks out of 15 have been delivered. After several howitzers last June, this is the second time Berlin has delivered heavy weapons to Kyiv.

Cheetah armored vehicles were developed in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War. Equipped with two anti-aircraft guns, the tank was originally designed to fight helicopters or low-flying aircraft.

Former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate David Trimble has died

David Trimble died on Monday at the age of 77. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics in the British province.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Lord Trimble announce that he died earlier today after a short illness,” the Ulster Unionist Party said in a statement. Having entered politics in the early 1970s in the ranks of the unionist Vanguard party, which is close to the paramilitary forces, this Protestant lawyer helped shape the Good Friday Peace Agreement with the Catholic John Hume, a co-Nobel Prize laureate, a quarter of a century later. .

David Trimble led the first power-sharing government as a result of the agreement, which ended three decades of bloody clashes between republicans, mainly Catholics and supporters of Irish reunification, and Unionists, mainly Protestants and defenders of keeping the province within the British Crown. .

AMERICA

United States: In Texas, the tide is turning for a Republican governor who is running for a second term

In Texas, the tide is beginning to turn against Gov. Greg Abbott, who is running for a second term next November, a vote that will take place at the same time as midterm congressional elections. The gap between the Republican, who still leads the polls, and his challenger, Democrat Beto O’Rourke, has narrowed significantly. A consequence of, among other things, anti-abortion measures and the Uvalde shooting.

Incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott’s team is well aware of the new electoral trend: Yes, it’s true, the governor’s adviser says, the Uvalde elementary school shooting last May and restrictions on abortion rights hurt the conservative camp.

MIDDLE EAST

On Monday, Lebanese justice began an investigation into the kidnapping on Sunday of a Saudi citizen who was caught by a gang of criminals to buy real estate in the Bekaa plain.

There has been no news of the Saudi national who went missing 24 hours after arriving in Beirut on Sunday. The army and security services, which have launched a massive search operation for him, remain silent.

The Saudi citizen, whose name has not been released, was allegedly lured to Lebanon by a gang on the pretext of selling him property in the eastern Bekaa plain. It was reportedly stolen en route to the airport as soon as it arrived, but no ransom demands have been made at this time.

A source in the court told the press that the Saudi citizen could be detained west of the city of Baalbek, in the district of Harawina. The governor of the region, Bashir Khodr, however, said that he had no information about the presence of the missing Saudi in Baalbek.

Syria: Kurdish SDF commander killed by Turkish drone strike

Salva Yusuk, along with two other fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, was hit by a Turkish drone strike on Friday, July 22. The strike underscores the rift between the Turks and their allies against the Kurds.

Since May, Turkey has threatened to launch an operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria to create a buffer zone along the border with what it calls a terrorist group. Faced with reluctance from other regional players, Ankara has not yet taken action. But the Turkish army is intensifying its strikes in Kurdistan: Wednesday in Iraq, Friday in Syria.

It was the latter who took the lives of Salva Yusuk and two more fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Salwa Yusuk was the SDF commander responsible for joint operations with the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Source: RFI

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