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World in brief: November 20, 2023

SPAIN: Women will hold 12 of the 22 posts in the new government named today by Spain’s recently re-elected Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

“The new government is going to have a marked feminist accent with four women deputy prime ministers and more female ministers than male ministers,” Mr Sanchez said.

Nadia Calvino keeps the economy portfolio, Jose Manuel Albares remains in charge of foreign affairs and Margarita Robles stays at defence.

GERMANY: A teenage right-wing extremist was arrested in central Germany on suspicion that he was planning a “serious act of violence endangering the state,” security officials said today.

The man, whose identity was not given in line with German privacy rules, is accused of having an “established violent, anti-semitic and right-wing extremist attitude,” investigators said.

He was arrested last week by special forces in the state of Hesse.

INDONESIA: Almost 1,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have arrived by boat in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh in the last six days, officials said today.

They included five groups with women and children who were afloat for days. One group of more than 240 people was twice denied landing by residents in Aceh Utara district, sparking concerns from human rights organisations. 

The group finally disembarked in Bireuen district on Sunday morning.

SENEGAL: The party of jailed opposition leader Ousmane Sonko said on Sunday that it was now sponsoring Bassirou Diomaye Faye, for the February presidential election, just days after Senegal’s Supreme Court effectively blocked Mr Sonko’s own bid.

Election authorities have refused to provide Mr Sonko with the sponsorship papers that need to be submitted by early December. 

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