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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

Swaziland’s King changes the name of the kingdom to “eSwatini”

Swaziland’s King Mswati III announced that he was renaming the country “the Kingdom of eSwatini.” The monarch made the announcement on Wednesday during the celebration of the kingdom’s 50th anniversary of independence. African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonized. So from now, the southern African tiny nation will […]

Zimbabwe sacks over 16,000 striking nurses

Zimbabwe’s government sacked this week more than 16,000 nurses who went on strike to protest, amongst other reasons, poor working conditions and low salaries. According to Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, the nurses had refused to return to work after $17m was released to increase their pay. He described the nurses’ strike as “deplorable and reprehensible.” Chiwenga, […]

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Guinea-Bissau: President Jose Mario Vaz names new PM

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz on Monday appointed Aristides Gomes as Prime Minister, a decree read on state-run media said. The move comes days after the summit of ECOWAS leaders in Togo during which Vaz agreed to honor a 2016 deal brokered by the regional body to end a prolonged political crisis in the West […]

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South Sudan: vaccination campaigns to reach more than 140,000 people

The United Nations migration agency and its partners are set to begin a second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Malakal and Wau, South Sudan, after the initial round reached more than 60,400 people in March of this year. Following an outbreak in February, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also been […]

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Former party of Adama Barrow wins first post-Jammeh local elections

In Gambia, the former party of President Adama Barrow, the United Democratic Party, has won the local government elections, winning 62 of the 120 seats in contest. An estimated 900,000 voters have cast their ballots at 1,422 polling stations across Gambia, in the country’s first post-Jammeh local elections. The elections are a significant milestone in […]

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Commonwealth Games: 8 Cameroon athletes “abscond”

Seven Cameroonian athletes have fled from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said on Wednesday. The missing weightlifters and boxers were last seen at different times on Monday and Tuesday, Press attaché Simon Molombe said. The officials said they viewed the disappearance of the athletes as “desertion” and that they had […]

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U.S. Congress slaps Ethiopia with resolution supporting human rights

The United States Congress on Tuesday passed a human rights-centered resolution against the Ethiopian government calling for the respect of human rights in the Horn of Africa nation. The resolution calls on the Government of Ethiopia to lift the state of emergency, end the use of excessive force, release wrongfully imprisoned protesters, and improve transparency. […]

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Algeria: Ailing Bouteflika asked to run for fifth term

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been given vote of confidence to stand for next year election despite his poor health condition, since he suffered a stroke in 2013. Djamel Ould Abbes, secretary general of the ruling FLN party told Turkish news agency Anadolu that the party asked the 81-year old President to enter the presidential […]

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Speaker of Somalia’s parliament resigns amid political crisis

The speaker of Somalia’s parliament has resigned on Monday following a dispute with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Mohamed Osman Jawari had submitted his resignation letter to Somalia’s president as lawmakers supporting the Prime Minister were planning to vote on a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on Monday. Jawari had earlier defied calls to resign, saying, […]

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