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Khalid Al Mouahidi : A binational from the US and Morocco, Khalid El Mouahidi has worked for several american companies in the Maghreb Region and is currently based in Casablanca, where he is doing consulting jobs for major international companies . Khalid writes analytical pieces about economic ties between the Maghreb and the Mena Region, where he has an extensive network

Mandate of South Sudan President, Parliament Extended Until 2021

South Sudan’s parliament voted Thursday to amend the constitution and extend the terms in office for President Salva Kiir, the country’s vice presidents, all members of parliament and governors of the 32 states for another three years. Dengtiel Kur, chairperson of the parliament’s legislative committee, presented the bill to amend the constitution during an extraordinary […]

UN emergency fund releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence

A United Nations emergency fund on Thursday released $15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated during April, leading to loss of life, widespread property damage and large-scale displacements, says the UN in a press release. “Nearly one […]

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Cameroon’s Biya to Seek Another Term

Cameroon’s long-time president, Paul Biya, has announced he will run for another term. Biya, 85, said on Twitter Friday that he will stand as a candidate in the October elections. He said he is running to “ensure a more united, stable and prosperous Cameroon.” Biya has ruled Cameroon uncontested since 1982. Critics have described his […]

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South Africa: Saudi Arabia pledges $10bn energy-focused investment

Saudi Arabia will invest $10 billion in South African economy in the coming years with a key focus on the energy sector, President’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman announced Thursday. Khusela Diko in a phone call to Bloomberg said the Saudi intention was expressed during President Ramaphosa’s visit to the kingdom this week. “Most of it will […]

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As millions face hunger in Sahel, EU announces a €191.3 Mln aid package

The European Commission on Tuesday announced a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million to eight countries in the Sahel region. According to the EU commission, Nearly 11.8 million people across the eight countries of the region need immediate food assistance to avoid facing acute hunger, women and children being hit the hardest. The funding, the […]

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Nigeria’s Parliament to probe state oil company over ‘under-remittances’

Nigerian lawmakers of the lower house on Tuesday voted a motion to investigate state oil firm over ‘insufficient’ remittances to government coffers. The move comes a month after Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said that the amount the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was transferring to the government was “unacceptable.” NNPC short-changed the government by 100 billion […]

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UN welcomes renewed ties between Eritrea, Ethiopia

The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia that brought relations out of a deep freeze. The 15-member Security Council said it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Côte d’Ivoire raised concerns. After meeting and embracing in Asmara on Sunday, Ethiopian Prime […]

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Corruption: Sierra Leone’s former regime under fire

Sierra Leone’s new regime will launch a commission to investigate accusations of widespread corruption under President Ernest Koroma. The President has directed the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to immediately establish a judge-led Commission of Inquiry, the government said in a statement released late on Monday. The move comes a week after a report commissioned […]

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South Africa: Jacob Zuma’s son faces strict bail conditions over graft

Son of the former South African President Jacob Zuma has been released on bail on Monday after appearing briefly on a charge of corruption in the Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Monday. The Johannesburg Specialized Commercial Crimes Court released Duduzane Zuma, on just under $7,500 bail. Duduzane faces charges of corruption and conspiracy to commit […]

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Kabila postpones UN chief’s request to visit DRC ahead of elections

President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila has postponed a planned visit this week by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said. President Kabila has also refused to meet the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who also planned to […]

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