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Newsmakers…Al-Sisi attends two summits in KSA…WikiLeaks founder too ill to appear in court…Netanyahu fails to form gov’t

Thursday 30/May/2019 - 01:27 PM
Newsmakers
Newsmakers
Hassnein Tayea
Sada El-Balad news website highlights President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi، WikiLeaks founder and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu as too newsmakers on Thursday.
Key Points:
1- Egypt's Al-Sisi leaves for Saudi Arabia for emergency summits

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi headed Thursday to Saudi Arabia for Arab summits convened Mecca to discuss regional security.

Saudi Arabia is holding two emergency Arab summits Thursday to discuss tensions with Iran against the backdrop of attacks on tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

Riyadh accused Iran of ordering the drone strikes، but Tehran denies any involvement in the incident

Qatar، which is facing a Saudi-led economic and political boycott from Arab states including Egypt، has been invited to the summit.

Al-Sisi is expected to give an address during the Thursday gathering on ways to preserve security and stability in the region and bolster Arab cooperation، spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

Al-Sisi will also take part in another summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Friday in Islam’s holiest site.

The Egyptian president is planned to hold a number of bilateral talks with Arab and Islamic leaders on the sidelines of the two gatherings.
2- Israel faces fresh poll as Netanyahu fails to form government
Julian Assange has failed to appear in court – in person or by video link – for a hearing on his extradition to the US because he is too ill، amid “grave concerns” for his health.

The Wikileaks founder was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The five-minute hearing went ahead in his absence.

It came hours after the group released a statement saying the 47-year-old had been moved to the medical wing of HMP Belmarsh.

The Australian’s “health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight” behind bars، it said، after his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Earlier this month he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail.

Washington wants Assange to face allegations he unlawfully published the names of classified sources، plus conspired with and helped ex-US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in accessing classified information.

3- Israel faces fresh poll as Netanyahu fails to form government
Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday، paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline، Reuters reported.

Netanyahu preferred a new ballot، set for Sept. 17، to the alternative، under which Israeli President Reuven Rivlin could have asked another politician to try and form a ruling coalition.

The election، Israel’s second this year after an April 9 poll in which Netanyahu claimed victory، means unprecedented upheaval even for a country used to political infighting.

“We will win،” Netanyahu، head of the right-wing Likud party، vowed after parliament voted for a fresh election when the deadline expired for him to assemble his fifth government.

But the need for a rematch was a blow to a combative leader، who has ruled for the past decade but faces looming indictments in three corruption cases.

The turmoil arose - officially، at least - from a feud over military conscription between Netanyahu’s presumed allies: ex-defense minister Avigdor Lieberman، a far-right secularist، and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

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