Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses support for Gabon government

The OIC renewed its support for the country’s elected government led by President Ali Bongo. (AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation expresses support for Gabon government

  • Gabon foiled an attempted military coup and arrested several plotters just hours after they took over state radio

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday condemned the attempted coup against the constitutional institutions of the Gabonese Republic, which ended in failure.
The OIC said it followed with great interest the recent developments in the African country. The OIC renewed its support for the country’s elected government led by President Ali Bongo. The organization stresses the need to preserve constitutional legitimacy.
On Monday, Gabon foiled an attempted military coup and arrested several plotters just hours after they took over state radio. The dramatic developments came as Bongo is living at a private residence in the Moroccan capital Rabat after suffering a stroke.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.