The run-up to Algeria’s legislative election has taken a new turn after the national election body ordered political parties to display photos of female candidates on their posters instead of a blank image.
This age-old practice in the conservative Bordj Bou Arréridj Province in eastern Algeria may end after the political parties assented to the directive and 48-hour ultimatum to reprint posters or risk being disqualified.
According to the state news agency APS the High Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE) in the province took the decision after social media campaigns against the practice. The decision not to display photos are largely made by the candidates as other women have theirs displayed.
The election body also called on the local authorities and Ministry of Interior to take appropriate legal measures at the local and national level to put an end to the practice.
However, the head of the civil society group Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) Abderezak Mokri condemned the order describing it as illegal.
He told local newspaper Ennahar that the candidates will file a court action if they are disqualified.
23, 251,503 voters are set to elect 462 members of the People’s National Assembly (APN-Lower House) in Algeria’s legislative elections on May 4, 2017.
Victoria Beckham has been recognised with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours after establishing herself as a powerful force in the fashion industry.
The 42-year-old rose to fame as Posh Spice in 1990s girl band the Spice Girls, known for her sophisticated style, but “felt uncomfortable” performing with the group.
She launched a short-lived solo career when the group split but realised her true “passion” was fashion and defied critics as she forged a successful career in the industry.
Her honour comes after almost 17 years in the business and 13 years after her husband, former England and Manchester United player David Beckham, was awarded the same title for his services to football.
The designer and entrepreneur made her catwalk debut in 2000 when she appeared as a model for Maria Grachvogel during London Fashion Week.
Victoria Beckham went on to become the face of high fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli.
Egyptian parliamentarian Zeinab Salem is calling for increasing the punishment of harassment to reach castration.
“The situation has become ridiculous and there is little deterrence,” Salem, who is the MP for Sharqiya, told Youm7.
According to the United Nations, 99.3% of women in Egypt are reported to have been sexually harassed.
If the harasser commits the crime more than once, his punishment may be castration, Salem added. The bill is soon to be discussed in parliament.
In January, the Egyptian parliament approved tougher penalties for sexual harassment, doubling the minimum imprisonment sentence to a year instead of six months, and increasing the fine to a minimum of 5,000 EGP and a maximum of EGP 10,000 instead of EGP 3,000 to 5,000.
In cases of recidivism, the punishment is doubled. Upon Cabinet approval, the bill would amend Article 306 of the Criminal Code.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for rating high his performance in the last two years in office.
Fani-Kayode accused President Buhari of gross incompetence, adding that God will deliver Nigeria from him.
Mr Fani-Kayode’s statement is coming on the heels of President Buhari’s Easter message to Christians in Nigeria.
The former Minister said Buhari’s performance rating was grossly exaggerated.
President Buhari had in the message said his administration had worked hard in the last two years to meet the expectations of Nigerian citizens.
Fani-Kayode wrote via @realFFK, his twitter handle, “The Buhari govt. is the most divisive, vindictive, incompetent, primitive, mendacious, cruel and ignorant govt. that has ever ruled.
A suspected child thief, Chibueze Nwaozuzu, has been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for allegedly stealing a six-year-old girl and selling her for N200,000.
The victim, Chinecherem Anoruo, had been declared missing by the parents, who reported the case to the police.
In the course of investigation, it was discovered that Nwaozuzu allegedly stole the child and sold her to one Comfort Umunnakwe.
Vanguard reports the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike as saying the command recovered N83,000 from Nwaozuzu, adding that the six-year-old had been reunited with the parents.
He said, “We received a report of a missing six-year-old child, Chinecherem Anoruo. During investigation, Nwaozuzu was arrested for his alleged involvement in the crime.
“The suspect made useful statements to the police. He stated that he stole the child and sold her to one Comfort Umunnakwe for N200,000. Comfort was arrested and the stolen child recovered. The sum of N83,000, being part of the proceeds of the sale of the child, was also recovered from Nwaozuzu.”
Ezike said aside the suspects, the command arrested 10 others for alleged kidnapping, 12 for armed robbery, two for cult activities, three for impersonation and five for theft.
He explained that five kidnapped victims were rescued by his men, who also recovered four vehicles, three tricycles, three AK-47 rifles, two American pistols, two locally-made pistols and some ammunition.