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Zimbabwe opposition leader dies

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer, party officials announced on Wednesday. The Vice President of his Movement for Democratic Change said the family has confirmed his death and that he passed away in hospital in South Africa, where he had been receiving treatment. “I can confirm that he died this evening. …

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Ethiopia frees top journalist after 7 years in jail

Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega has finally been released from a prison facility after seven years in jail. Nega was among the over 740 prisoners who were set for release by the federal government as part of political reforms announced in January 2018. His release comes barely a week after he reportedly refused to sign a ‘false confession form’ …

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South Africa: Zuma finally bows to pressure, resigns as president

Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa with immediate effect, state television announced Wednesday night. Mr. Zuma, 75, has led South Africa since 2009. His resignation came a day after he was asked to resign by his party, the African National Congress (ANC), as a result of corruption allegations and his connection to the Gupta family in South …

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Former President Obasanjo of Nigeria in exclusive interview with German broadcaster

President Buhari should not run for another term in office, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo advised in a letter to Nigeria’s head of state in January 2018. In an interview, he told Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, why he wrote the letter. Nigerian Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is known for his public letters to sitting presidents. In 2013 he wrote a …

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Former Liberian president wins top African leadership prize

The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced Monday. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who served two terms as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2017, is the fifth recipient of the Ibrahim Prize, which recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. The Ibrahim Prize …

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Gambian Minister praises Commonwealth as catalyst for international co-operation

The Commonwealth is a “model and catalyst for new forms of friendship and cooperation”: Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs The Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ousainou Darboe, convened a press briefing in Banjul, the capital, on Friday to mark his country’s return to the Commonwealth.  He described membership in the organisation as an important milestone in the history of The …

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African Union absolves China of bugging its headquarters

The African Union does not have any secret dossiers and nothing to spy on, a senior official said in Beijing on Thursday, rejecting a report in French newspaper Le Monde that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc’s headquarters in Addis Ababa. Le Monde, quoting anonymous AU sources, reported last month that data from computers in the Chinese-built building had been …

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UN criticises Nigeria over extradition of Cameroonian separatists

The United Nations refugee agency has criticised Nigeria for breaching international treaties after forcefully deporting a Cameroonian Anglophone separatist and his supporters. UNHCR said Thursday that most of those handed over to Yaoundé authorities had applied for asylum in Nigeria. Julius Ayuk Tabe and 46 others were extradited at Cameroon’s request on 26 January. Cameroon says the 47 are “terrorists” …

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Kenya’s Odinga swears himself in as ‘People’s President’

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has been sworn in as the ‘people’s president’. Odinga took the controversial oath at Uhuru Park Grounds in Nairobi on Tuesday at 2.45 pm in a ceremony skipped by his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula. Kenyan authorities forced independent television and radio stations reporting on the gathering off air as supporters of …

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Nigeria criticized for handing over Cameroonian separatist leaders to Paul Biya

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been sharply criticized for delivering Cameroonian separatist leaders into the hands of the government of President Paul Biya in a move seen as very unusual in international diplomacy. The Nigerian government on Friday deported 12 Cameroonian separatist leaders who were arrested earlier this month, their lawyer said Monday. Julius Ayuk Tabe and 11 others …

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Kagame takes over African Union leadership, names priority

“Today we launch the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). We are nearly ready to launch the Continental Free Trade Area, and freedom of movement of persons is achievable in 2018,” President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has said. The Rwandan leader made the commitment on Sunday while delivering his acceptance speech as the new chairperson of the African Union at …

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I won’t let you down, Weah assures Liberians

Liberian President George Opong Weah promised his country men and women yesterday he would not let them down. He spoke at a jam-packed Samuel Doe International stadium in Monrovia shortly after he took his oath of office as the 24th president of his country. It was the first time since 1944 that power was transferred from one president to another …

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Nigerian diaspora worldwide condemns massacres perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen

Killings carried out by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen are causing widespread insecurity in Africa’s most populous country. The worldwide community of Nigerian citizens in the diaspora has now issued a press release on the burning national issue. “The massacre of scores of human beings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State on New Year’s Day in cold blood sent shockwaves …

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Ghana’s president speaks on his successes after one year in office

Ghana’s economy is rebounding and the major commodity exporter is poised to wean itself off bailouts through sustained fiscal discipline and a battle against corruption, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Wednesday. The former opposition leader, sworn into office a year ago, said his government spent the past year stabilizing the economy, including clearing huge debts while rolling out infrastructure such …

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Equatorial Guinea’s attempted coup was hatched in France, says President Obiang

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea has spoken out for the first time on the recent alleged attempt to overthrow him. Speaking in the capital Malabo, he also reacted to last year’s conviction in absentia of his son, Teodorin Obiang, in the high-profile “ill-gotten gains” corruption trial in France. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI, Equatorial …

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Americans, Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria, 2 policemen killed

Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. The North Americans were ambushed by unknown gunmen around Kagarko on their way from the city of Kaduna to the capital Abuja, Reuters quoted Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, as saying. …

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UK, Germany praise Ethiopia for releasing political prisoners, urge further reforms

The United Kingdom and Germany have praised the Ethiopian government for releasing political prisoners, charging Addis Ababa to follow through with its promises on political reforms and opening up the democratic space. Their comments came in the wake of the release of over 500 politician prisoners on Wednesday as promised by government earlier this month. Among those freed is Prof …

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Red flags in Côte d’Ivoire

Clashes last week between rival elements of Côte d’Ivoire’s security forces appear to be a destructive extension of a tussle at the highest levels of power. As such, they bode ill as the country gears up for presidential elections in 2020. On 9 January in Bouaké (the country’s second largest city and between 2002 and 2011, a rebel stronghold), soldiers …

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