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Sirleaf says Liberia’s democracy in danger as court postpones polls

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday said democracy in the West African country was being threatened, a day after the Supreme Court put a presidential runoff on hold over fraud allegations. Former footballer George Weah was initially set to face Vice-President Joseph Boakai on Tuesday to determine who will replace the former Nobel Peace Prize laureate. A successful vote …

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Ex-Nigerian president gets UN appointment

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has been appointed into the United Nations High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with 17 other current and former global leaders. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez, had in September announced the establishment of the board to provide him with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. The Board is composed …

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Violence causes thousands to flee Cameroon for Nigeria

Thousands of people have sought refuge in Nigeria after fleeing the Anglophone regions of Cameroon due to new violence there, according to UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. The UNHCR is collaborating with local authorities in Nigeria to “provide assistance to asylum and protection seekers from Cameroon, who have arrived in Southeastern Nigeria in the past month”. “Thousands have fled to Nigeria …

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Liberia: Supreme Court to rule on run-off election on Monday

Liberia’s apex court has reserved ruling on the challenge to the presidential run-off election for Monday after listening to submissions by aspirant and leader of the Liberty Party, Charles Brumskine. Brumskine, who finished third in the 10 October poll, petitioned the court alleging fraud in the conduct of the election. His party said widespread fraud had marred the outcome of …

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Germany supports African universities on knowledge production

The goal of the newly-founded “Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in Africa“ (MICAS Africa) is to develop an intellectual program and research agenda that can make the significance of African knowledge production more visible in its effect. The German Ministry of Education and Research is funding the centre with 1.7 million euros under the name “Maria Sibylla Merian Centre” …

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Kenya: Odinga calls for new election as Kenyatta wins rerun

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of last week’s rerun presidential election which was boycotted by main opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenyatta garnered 7,483,895 votes representing 98.26%, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced on Monday. National Super Alliance (NASA) candidate, Odinga, garnered only 0.96% of the vote despite his boycott. Total valid votes were …

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Kenya: President Kenyatta ahead with 96% of vote – Partial tally

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has won over 96 percent of the votes counted so far from Thursday’s re-run election, according to a local media tally of numbers released at the constituency level by the election commission. The tally, compiled by the Daily Nation media group with 200 of 292 constituencies having reported, showed Kenyatta had won 5.58 million votes, well …

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Forty percent of world’s population will be African – UN report

A new UN report has said that four in 10 people on earth will be African by 2100. This demographic change requires investment in health and education in order to avoid potentially staggering humanitarian crises. Elizabeth Schumacher of Deutsche Welle (DW) reports. The population of Africa is set to soar, according to a study released by the United Nations Children’s …

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Low voter turnout, violence mar Kenya’s repeat presidential election

Kenya’s electoral commission has announced an estimated 48 per cent voter turnout after the country’s presidential election rerun on Thursday, which was marred by opposition boycott, protests and deadly clashes. The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said 35,564 polling stations opened for the election out of the 40,883 in the 47 counties nationwide. Voting in four counties, which are opposition …

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US worried about Togo as Gambian minister backpedals on resignation call

The United States says it is concerned about the increasingly deteriorating political situation in Togo. The use of excessive force by security forces on protesters was of particular concern to the American government. A statement issued by a US Department of State spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said violence and restrictions on rights of people troubling to the US. “We are particularly …

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Account Verification: Give Nigerians abroad more time, Dabiri-Erewa urges

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has called for more time for Nigerians in Diaspora to obtain their Bank Verification Number (BVN). Dabiri-Erewa also urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to put modalities and logistics in place to make it easier for Nigerians …

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Togo president must resign immediately, says Gambian foreign minister

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé should resign immediately and the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should persuade him to step down, Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe has said. Darboe’s comments, during an interview with the news agency Reuters, are an early sign that opinion is shifting against Gnassingbé who took power in 2005 following …

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Liberian Election: George Weah visits famous Nigerian Pastor in Lagos

Presidential candidate in Liberia and football legend, George Weah, on Sunday, 22 October attended a Church service in Lagos, Nigeria, to seek divine intervention for his nation. The famous Liberian was part of a multi-cultural congregation at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) led by Prophet Temitope B. Joshua. During his sermon which was broadcast live on popular Christian …

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Pope Francis joins Kenyans in prayers for peaceful election

The repeat of the presidential election ordered by Kenya’s Supreme Court will take place this week on Thursday. The country is understandably in suspense as the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, has withdrawn from the race while two key officials of the election commission have expressed doubts about the prospects for a credible poll. On Sunday, Kenyans both at home …

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WHO revokes Mugabe’s appointment as goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organization has cancelled the appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador after global condemnation. Director General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement issued Sunday said , after carefully listenening to concerns expressed by many and consultation with the Government of Zimbabwe, it is in the best interest of the global health …

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Nigeria: Federal Government to freeze all Bank Accounts without BVN

Bank account owners who are yet to have a Bank Verification Number (BVN) run the risk of forfeiting their money to the federal government within the next two weeks unless they can justify their ownership of such accounts. A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted a temporary forfeiture order on such accounts. It also restrained commercial banks from operating …

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Date set for Liberia’s presidential run-off

Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) on Thursday released the full results of the 10 October general election. The body further confirmed a run-off vote between the two top candidates for the presidency, which it has set for 7 November. Ex-football star George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) will face current vice-president, Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity …

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Thousands protest Somalia’s deadliest attack

Thousands of Somalis led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed have staged a demonstration in Mogadishu following Saturday’s terror attack. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Mogadishu on Wednesday in defiance of Saturday’s blasts that claimed more than 300 lives. Somalia’s deadliest attacks to date reportedly came in retaliation for a joint raid by the country’s government and the US …

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Kenya: Election commissioner resigns, flees ahead of presidential poll

A senior official of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resigned from her job a week before a repeat presidential election, saying the election body was under siege and could not hold a credible election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” Roselyn Akombe, an IEBC commissioner, said …

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