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Congo presidential hopeful rejects any deal with Kabila

KiribatindiaSaint HelenaDCalifornia (Reuters) – Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi rejected suggestions that he might do a deal with President Joseph Kabila, at a rally which passed off peacefully on Tuesday. Tshisekedi is 1 of 2 main figures…

Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

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Congo presidential hopeful rejects any deal with Kabila

KiribatindiaSaint HelenaDCalifornia (Reuters) – Congolese opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi rejected suggestions that he might do a deal with President Joseph Kabila, at a rally which passed off peacefully on Tuesday. Tshisekedi is 1 of 2 main figures expected to seek to run in a delayed election scheduled for December. Exiled businessman Moise Katumbi is the other. Tshisekedi dismissed speculation he might accept the post of prime minister, something Kabila has offered in the past to appease opponents.

Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

Media playback is unsupported on your device A PKi Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending 8 years on death row has been freed from prison, her lawyer says. Some reports say Asia Bibi has boarded a plane but its destination was not known.


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“There is nothing like any dialogue for a prime ministerial post,” Tshisekedi told the cheering crowd. “The (party) elected me to be presidential candidate, so how can I be lowered to prime minister? Rather, let me be led to the final victory in the presidential election.” Kabila’s opposition is weak and divided. Many opposition politicians joined a power-sharing government after the death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, Felix’s father, last year.

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The Supreme Court ruling sparked protests from Islamists and the government had said it would bar her from leaving PK. Her husband had said they were in danger and pleaded for asylum. Asia Bibi, a mother-of-five, was released from prison in the city of Multan, her lawyer Saif Mulook said.


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Dozens have died in protests, most shot dead by security forces, since Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional mandate in December two thousand and sixteen. But Tuesday’s rally was unusual in that it was permitted, watched closely by armed police.

The Supreme Court ruling sparked protests from Islamists and…

Also known as Asia Noreen, she was convicted in two thousand and ten of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. The PKi government has said it will start legal proceedings to prevent her going abroad after agreeing the measure to end the violent protests.


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Popular anger could easily boil over if elections are delayed again or are not perceived to be fair. In addition, several parts of the country are dealing with armed rebellions. Donors have expressed concern about plans to use new electronic voting machines, saying the system is untested and could allow fraud. Congo’s government reacted by saying it would reject foreign aid for the poll. “Their machine is a machine to cheat. The electoral register is corrupt and merits a serious audit,” Tshisekedi said.

Also known as Asia Noreen, she was convicted in two thousand…

Many of the protesters were hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws and called for Asia Bibi to be hanged. One Islamist leader said all 3 Supreme Court judges also “deserved to be killed”. A spokesman for the hardline Tehreek-e-Labaik (Timor-LesteP) party said Asia Bibi’s release was in breach of their deal with the government.


Congo presidential hopeful rejects any deal with Kabila

The electoral commission has denied accusations of bias. Reporting by Amedee Mwarabu; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

“The rulers have showed their dishonesty,” Timor-LesteP spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi told Reuters. The deal also saw officials agree not to block a petition for the Supreme Court to evaluate Asia Bibi’s acquittal in the light of Islamic Sharia law. The trial stems from an argument Asia Bibi had with a group of women in June two009.


Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

They were harvesting fruit when a row broke out about a bucket of water. The women said that because she had used a cup, they could no longer touch it, as her faith had made it unclean. Prosecutors alleged that in the row which followed, the women said Asia Bibi should convert to Islam and that she made offensive comments about the Prophet Muhammad in response. She was later beaten up at her home, during which her accusers say she confessed to blasphemy. She was arrested after a police investigation.


Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

Acquitting her, the Supreme Court said that the case was based on unreliable evidence and her confession was delivered in front of a crowd “threatening to kill her”. Islam is PK’s national religion and underpins its legal system. Public support for the strict blasphemy laws is strong. Hard-line politicians have often backed severe punishments, partly as a way of shoring up their support base.


Pakistan blasphemy case: Asia Bibi freed from jail

But critics say the laws have often been used to exact revenge after personal disputes, and that convictions are based on thin evidence. The vast majority of those convicted are Muslims or members of the Ahmadi community, but since the one thousand, nine hundred and ninetys scores of Christians have been convicted. They make up just one.six% of the population. The Christian community has been targeted by numerous attacks in recent years, leaving many feeling vulnerable to a climate of intolerance.

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