South Africa to deploy 10 000 troops to secure vote

Police have reported 8 deaths, mostly councillor candidates, since campaigning for South Africa's municipal elections started

South Africa to deploy 10 000 troops to secure vote

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the deployment of 10 000 soldiers to secure next week’s local government elections, parliament announced Wednesday.

The military will help the police to ensure “a safe and secure environment” for Monday’s polling to elect municipal councillors and mayors, National Assembly said in a statement.

SOUTH AFRICAN TROOPS 

The polls follow deadly riots and looting in July sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.

The unprecedented unrest overwhelmed the police, prompting the deployment of some 25 000 troops.

READ: Local Elections: ‘Clear evidence’ that ANC may lose eThekwini to DA

PEACEFUL VOTING IN SOUTH AFRICA 

The latest deployment will start Saturday and last 5 days.

Police have reported 8 deaths, mostly councillor candidates, since campaigning started, while voting day itself is expected to be peaceful. 

ANC IN SPOTLIGHT

But the July protests, started by diehard Zuma supporters before snowballing into violent unrest and the ransacking of businesses, exposed underlying social and economic conditions of ordinary South Africans.

The African National Congress-led government, which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, is fighting to regain its popularity since suffering its worst electoral setback during the last local polls in 2016.

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African Union suspends Sudan over military coup

The African Union Sudan in June 2019 after pro-democracy protesters demanding civilian rule were gunned down outside army headquarters

African Union suspends Sudan over military coup

The African Union said Wednesday it had suspended Sudan until civilian rule in the country is restored, saying it rejected the military takeover as an “unconstitutional” seizure of power.

The continent-wide bloc said it “strongly condemns the seizure of power” and was suspending Sudan from all AU activities “until the effective restoration of the civilian-led transitional authority”.

SUDAN MILITARY COUP 

Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Monday ordered the dissolution of the government and declared a state of emergency, sparking widespread international condemnation.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under military arrest, along with his ministers and civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council, sparking angry protests on the streets on Khartoum.

READ: Sudan protesters defiant as international community condemns coup

POWER GRAB 

Hamdok was later released under close guard, but other ministers and civilian leaders remain in detention.

Security forces launched sweeping arrests of anti-coup protesters Wednesday, in a bid to end 3 days of demonstrations against the power grab. 

AFRICAN UNION INTERVENTION

A number of Western powers have called for an urgent meeting with Hamdok, saying they still recognise the prime minister and his cabinet as the constitutional leaders of Sudan.

The AU suspended Sudan in June 2019 after pro-democracy protesters demanding civilian rule were gunned down outside army headquarters in Khartoum.

Their membership was reinstated three months later after Hamdok announced the appointment of Sudan’s first cabinet since the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

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