Algeria president orders probe into forest fires

Fire had ravaged thousands of hectares of forest land in Algeria in recent days. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 03 August 2020

Algeria president orders probe into forest fires

  • The president office said an enquiry aims to “determine the causes of fires"

ALGIERS: Algeria’s president on Sunday ordered an “immediate” investigation into forest fires that have ravaged thousands of hectares across the country in recent days, his office said.
The enquiry aims to “determine the causes of fires that have ravaged vast stretches of forest.”
Local media have reported that the fires also destroyed homes, but the statement from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s office made no mention of such incidents.
The country’s forestries agency said it had recorded 1,216 fires between June 1 and August 1, destroying some 8,778 hectares, the official APS news agency reported Sunday.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad set up a monitoring unit to track forest fires and efforts to prevent and control them.
The blazes peaked late last month with 66 fires reported on July 27, and civil defense helicopters were called in to extinguish them, the forestry service said.
Algeria has repeatedly experienced forest fires in recent years, but the results of a 2019 enquiry that sought to establish causes were never released.
A study by the geography journal Mediterranee found that a lack of forests and creeping desertification were making the fires particularly disastrous.

 

 


Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

Updated 30 September 2020

Dawn of a new leader, Kuwait’s new emir sworn in and pledges to do his ‘utmost best’

  • The new Emir said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership
  • He succeeds his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006

DUBAI: Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabeh has been sworn in as the new Kuwait Emir on Wednesday, vowing to carry out his responsibilities to his utmost best, state news agency KUNA has reported.
Al-Sabah said the country’s constitution ensured a “smooth transition” of leadership, as the country mourned the death of his brother Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait since 2006.
“The trust bestowed upon me by the Kuwaiti people is a trust I bear in my neck,” the new Emir said.

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“Kuwait has been subjected, throughout its long history, to serious and harsh challenges that we managed to overcome through cooperation,” he added.

Al-Sabah paid tribute to the previous leadership and said “Sheikh Sabah’s policy will remain a highlight for us.”
The Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim also spoke at the ceremony.
“We are confident that Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah will lead Kuwait to prosperity,” he said.

His appointment was immediately welcomed by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who said that his country and Kuwait have always had strong bonds throughout the years.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Iraq’s Bahram Salih also congratulated the Sheikh Nawaf on his new role.