Moulay Hichams Expulsion from Tunisia Requested by Saudi Arabia and UAE

Rabat – The French magazine Jeune Afrique has stated that the expulsion of Prince Moulay Hicham from Tunisia was most likely the work of Saudi Arabia and Emirates.The cousin of King Mohammed VI and researcher at Harvard University was due to give a lecture on regional security before he was ordered to leave Tunisian territories on September 8. The Harvard researcher, known for his pro-Arab Spring positions and calls for reforming monarchies in the region, was then flown to Paris on an Air France plane.Given the nature of the cold relationship between the prince and the Moroccan royal palace some media outlets claimed that a request to expel Moulay Hicham had been made by Morocco. However, a source from the Moroccan embassy in Tunisia told Jeune Afrique that the kingdom had never request the expulsion of the prince from any country, and that he has been giving lectures for years.Prince Moulay Hicham, the same source further noted, still holds a Moroccan diplomatic passport and he enters and exits the kingdom, where he has property, as he pleases.Following his deportation to France, the prince accused the Tunisian presidency of being responsible for his deportation, but he admitted to France24 Arabic he could not speculate on the country or countries that might have requested his expulsion.While an adviser to the Tunisian president expressed regret over the incident, a few days ago local authorities opened an investigation was to determine the party that was responsible for the prince’s expulsion.An accusing finger was pointed to the former local minister of interior, Hédi Mejdoub, who is said to still hold influence within the department.Jeune Afrique concluded that the expulsion was most likely urged by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as the prince was due to give a lecture in Qatar on September 12.Given the ongoing tension between the two Gulf nations and Doha, the lecture might have angered Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, especially that the prince himself is the cousin of Prince Walid Bin Talal. read more

Prime Ministers office denies misusing office

The Prime Minister’s office said that the MOU was signed at the Prime Minister’s official residence and that his residence can be used for his personal work. In the letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office also said that the MOU was based on the work to be carried out by the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The Prime Minister’s office also said that legal opinion had also been sought before the MOU was signed to ensure election laws were not violated. (Colombo Gazette) The office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe has denied allegations that the office has been misused for election propaganda work.Transparency International Sri Lanka had written to the Elections Commissioner stating that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the United National Party (UNP) and the political parties in the United National Front for Good Governance, was signed at the Prime Minister’s office at Temple Trees and that this was a violation of election laws. However in a letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office said that the allegations were baseless. read more

Time to spring forward

Clocks officially turn forward on Sunday at 2 a.m. to return to daylight time. The Brantford and Brant County fire department say it is also time to test all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition. They recommend that all batteries be changed in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. In addition, all alarms have expiry dates and should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Each home is required by law to have working smoke alarms on each floor and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. The fire department also recommends developing a home escape plan with a safe meeting location outdoors. The time shift helps move us toward later sunsets until November. Of course, this will come with later sunrises, but most of us would prefer that sunlight at the end of the day, after work, when we can enjoy it. Waking up in the dark seems like a fair trade. Daylight time – which we abide by in winter – was invented to compensate for the dwindling of daylight in the winter. It was believed that the daylight would be more useful in the morning than the evening, so the clocks were shifted in an attempt to move up peoples’ schedules. Nowadays, it’s a leftover antiquity dating back to the days of being a primarily agricultural and industrial nation. read more