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D+C Vol.42.2015:2 11 Essid nominated as Tunisia’s prime ­minister Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s recently elected President, has nominated Habib Essid as prime minister. Both politicians served former dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali as ministers, but they were also involved in the transitional government after the Arab spring toppled the autocrat in 2011. After the uprising, the Islamist party Ennahda won the most seats in elections for the constituent assembly, and Essid cooperated as a security adviser to the government it led. Essebsi, on the other hand, went on to form the secular Nidaa Tounes party that beat Ennahda in elections late last year. Though Nidaa Tounes is the strongest party in the parliament, Essid will need support from other parties. Some observers believe he is a consensus candidate Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda can agree on. Other observers, however, fear that Essid’s appointment is a setback that reveals the president’s authoritarian tendencies. (dem) Richest one percent will soon own more than half of global wealth If recent trends continue, the richest one percent of human- kind will own more than 50 % of global wealth by 2016, according to research commissioned by Oxfam. Inequality, the charity argues, is hampering economic development and undermining democracy. According to its statistics, the richest one percent owned 44 % of global wealth in 2008, and its share rose to 48 % last year. Adult members of this global elite were said to have an average wealth of $ 2.7 million in 2014. The charity published the data shortly ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, an annual meeting of business leaders and politicians. (dem) Link: pressreleases/2015-01-19/richest-1-will-own- more-all-rest-2016 New top manager at Engagement Global Jens Kreuter is the new chief executive at Engagement Global. He took over from Gabriela Büssemaker at the beginning of February. Kreuter previously worked for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. He was in charge of starting Germany’s Federal Volunteer Service after military conscription was ended. Since young men were no longer drafted to the armed forces, conscientious objectors were no longer compelled to do social work either, and the Federal Government estab- lished the volunteer service to make up for the shortfall in the social sector. Earlier, Kreuter had been the federal commis- sioner for the conscientious objectors’ obligatory civilian service. (dem) Pope’s impression of Philippines distorted After Pope Francis visited the Philippines, civil-society activists have accused the government of manipulating his impression of the country. They managed to force the authorities to admit that many homeless people, who normally live on Manila streets, were accommodated in hotels during his visit. About 6 million people attended an outdoor mass held by the pontiff in Manila on Sunday, according to the Vatican. In the event, Pope Francis said that there was too much poverty, ignorance and corruption in the Philippines. He also went to Tacloban and said climate change was human made. The town was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013. The pope had to leave Tacloban earlier than planned because of storm warnings. (dem) Malawi’s flood d­isaster Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar suffered floods due to heavy rains in January. Malawi was affected worst. President Peter Mutharika declared more than half of the country’s districts disaster zones and his government stated it needed support worth at least $ 65 million to reach out to flood victims. According to Robert Kisyula of World Vision, an international non-governmental organisation, the situation was unprecedent- ed, with thousands of people staying in provisional camps, some of which were cut off from roads. (dem) In brief Pope Francis wore rain gear during his mass in Tacloban. EttoreFerrari/picture-alliance/dpa Monitor