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Hundreds Of Sudanese Storm Khartoum To Protest Against Failed Government

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital on Saturday demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, saying it had failed them economically and politically.

The development comes amid divisions in the country’s Sudan’s political scene steering the country through a rocky transition following the April 2019 ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after mass protests against his rule.

Saturday’s demonstrations were organised by a splinter faction of the Forces for Freedom and Change, a civilian alliance that spearheaded protests against Bashir.

A 50-year-old protester, Abboud Ahmed, said, “We need a military government, the current government has failed to bring us justice and equality.”

AFP reports that the protesters carried banners calling for the “dissolution of the government”, while others chanted “one army, one people” and “the army will bring us bread.”

“We are marching in a peaceful protest and we want a military government,” a lady, Enaam Mohamed in central Khartoum said.

On Friday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok warned that the transition is facing “the worst and most dangerous” crisis.

Support for the transitional government has waned in recent months mainly following a tough raft of IMF-backed economic reforms.

It slashed subsidies on petrol and diesel and brought in a managed currency float, measures deemed by ordinary Sudanese as excessively harsh.

The government has also been beset by protests in east Sudan where demonstrators have blocked trade through a crucial Red Sea port since mid-September.

On September 21, the government said it thwarted a coup attempt which it blamed on military officials and civilians linked to Bashir’s regime.

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Biden On Supply Chain Crisis: ‘Remember Cabbage Patch Kids Back In The ‘80s Or Beanie Babies In The ‘90s’

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President Joe Biden attempted to downplay widespread supply chain issues across the country this holiday season by suggesting that it is similar to past years when popular toys were not widely available.

“If you’ve watched the news recently, you might think the shelves in all our stores are empty across the country, that parents won’t be able to get presents for their children on holidays — this holiday season. But here’s the deal: For the vast majority of the country, that’s not what’s happening,” Biden claimed. “Because of the actions the administration has taken in partnership with business and labor, retailers and grocery stores, freight movers and railroads, those shelves are going to be stocked.”

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“Now, I can’t promise that every person will get every gift they want on time. Only Santa Claus can keep that promise. But there are items every year that sell out, that are hard to find,” Biden said. “Some of you moms and dads may remember Cabbage Patch Kids back in the ‘80s or Beanie Babies in the ‘90s, or other toys that have run out at Christmas time in past years when there was no supply chain problem.”

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Biden then attempted to address Americans’ concerns over inflation by trying to portray the problem as not a uniquely American problem.

“Here are a few things you should know: Just about every country in the world is grappling with higher prices right now as they recover from the pandemic,” Biden claimed. “In the United Kingdom, price increases have hit a 10-year high.  In Germany, a 28-year high.  In Canada, price increases are the highest they’ve been since the ‘90s. This is a worldwide challenge — a natural byproduct of a world economy shut down by the pandemic as it comes back to life.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said this week that he expects high inflation to continue well into 2022 and that the U.S. government should stop trying to portray the situation as “transitory.”

“So I think the word transitory has different meanings to different people,” Powell told Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. “To many, it carries a time, a sense of short-lived. We tend to use it to mean that it won’t leave a permanent mark in the form of higher inflation. I think it’s probably a good time to retire that word and try to explain more clearly what we mean.”

“We will use our tools to make sure that higher inflation does not become entrenched,” Powell continued, adding that high inflation would “certainly” continue “through the middle of next year.”

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UK: eAlert: 2 December 2021 – National Tree Week

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In this eAlert, we give you a full round-up of news from National Tree Week 2021. Source: GOV.UK

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Cross River ‘In Pains’ As Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Dies

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Thursday in Calabar expressed regret at the death of Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas.

He described the death as “a monumental loss’’ to Cross River in particular and to Nigeria in general.

Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years. He was born on May 21, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s senate president in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983.

Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said in a statement that the governor remarked that Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. The demise of Dr Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership.

“Since his retirement from active politics, the former senate president had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state,’’ the statement read.

Ayade condoled with the Wayas family, assuring that his demise was a collective loss and the pains a shared one.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,’’ the government assured the deceased family.

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