Essebsi re­lents, will swear in 10 min­is­ters

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Wash­ing­ton, a sym­bol of black pride and em­pow­er­ment. Ear­lier on his trip to Iran, state tele­vi­sion pub­lished a short video clip of Far­rakhan try­ing to say “Death to Is­rael” in Farsi, a com­mon chant at ral­lies in the decades af­ter Iran’s 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion.

He be­gan to re­peat it, but the crowd at Tehran Univer­sity sit­ting at Far­rakhan’s event then sub­sti­tuted “Amer­ica” for “Is­rael”, draw­ing laugh­ter.

Af­ter the video clip spread on­line, Far­rakhan is­sued a state­ment say­ing “I never led a chant call­ing for death to Amer­ica; I asked a ques­tion about how to pro­nounce the chant in Farsi dur­ing my meet­ing with Ira­nian stu­dents and an ex­am­i­na­tion of the video shows just that”.

Far­rakhan had harsh words for Trump. “It is your poli­cies that are erod­ing trust for you in the world… and now you are pulling apart, con­fused,” Far­rakhan said. “If you do this, you will bring about not the Ira­nian chant… you will bring about the death of the great­est na­tion that has been on this Earth in the last 6 000 years.” TU­NIS: Tu­nisian Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi said he was ready to swear in 10 new min­is­ters named in a reshuf­fle that he orig­i­nally re­jected, eas­ing a high-level po­lit­i­cal stand-off that alarmed donors.

Prime Min­is­ter Youssef Cha­hed an­nounced the reshuf­fle on Mon­day – but Essebsi quickly re­jected it, say­ing he was not con­sulted.

Yes­ter­day he re­lented and said he would swear in the min­is­ters if par­lia­ment ap­proved the changes.

The dis­pute high­lighted ten­sions at the high­est lev­els of Tu­nisian pol­i­tics that have been ex­ac­er­bated by an eco­nomic cri­sis.

LOUIS Far­rakhan, the leader of the Na­tion of Is­lam.

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