Sudan: Veteran Soldier Appointed to Lead Army in Conflict against Rival General
In Sudan, veteran soldier General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has been appointed as the leader of the army as the country faces conflict against rival general forces. The appointment is considered a significant move for the country’s armed forces and their effort to regain stability. General Burhan previously rose through the ranks during the wars of South Sudan and Darfur, lending his considerable experience to the current conflict. Meanwhile, fighting in Khartoum has seen an increase, with civilians severely impacted by the ongoing violence. The World Food Programme has also reported looting of food aid worth $13 million to $14 million in Sudan, adding another layer of complexity to the country’s struggles.
Burkina Faso: Interim Leader Hails Russia as a Strategic Ally
In Burkina Faso, the country’s interim leader has praised Russia’s diplomatic efforts and support in countering terrorism in the volatile region of West Africa. President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba spoke at a press conference earlier this week, describing Russia as a strategic ally to the country. The comments come in the wake of increasing instability and violence by extremist groups in the region, with Burkina Faso particularly susceptible to their attacks. Russia has been pushing for closer ties with African countries, with diplomats keen on expanding their presence and influence on the continent.
South Africa: Rain Enters Mobile Market with 4G Network Launch
South African data provider rain has launched a 4G mobile network, marking its entrance into the country’s mobile market. The new network pits rain against the country’s other established mobile players in voice calls, offering a fresh alternative for consumers. With South Africa experiencing a boost in mobile internet usage in recent years, rain’s entry comes at an opportune time. The company plans to reach even further, announcing plans to offer 5G services by 2023.
Uganda: Traders Report Little Activity in the Struggling Currency Market
Uganda’s currency market has seen little activity recently, with traders reporting a stable Ugandan shilling against the dollar on Friday. The market remains subdued against the backdrop of global economic struggles and concerns over banking in the US. Analysts predict that the shilling’s stability may not last, with the country’s economic fate tied to global developments.
Global: World Food Prices Rise for First Time in a Year
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has revealed that global food prices rose for the first time in a year in April. After dipping in March, the FAO reported that the 0.7% rise was largely driven by higher demand for vegetable oils and grains. Despite the increase, the report noted that global food prices remain relatively low compared to past years, citing higher supplies and increased competition.
Qatar: World Cup Guards Face Legal Troubles, Facing Deportation and Blacklisting
Qatar has faced backlash in the leadup to the World Cup, as the country’s outspoken guards detail legal troubles and issues that range from deportation to blacklisting. The guards have been vocal in their criticism of the country’s labor practices, calling on international organizations to hold Qatar accountable for their treatment of workers. Many have faced retaliation in response, with employers frequently confiscating passports and obstructing workers’ ability to leave the country. As more workers speak out, there are concerns that Qatar’s international image will continue to be damaged.
Global: Economic Concerns Persist as Oil Nears Third Straight Weekly Loss
Oil prices have continued to struggle worldwide, with economic anxiety taking center stage among market indicators. Oil’s decline may be linked to shifting demand and inventory levels, but investors are also keeping a close eye on economic concerns related to COVID-19. With the pandemic far from over and new lockdowns being reintroduced in some areas, it remains uncertain how long the oil market will stay in its current weak state.
African Boulevard News – (2023-05-05)