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African football professionals going through difficult time

Ball is no longer round in Africa where all football championships have come to a standstill because of the pandemic. The clubs, which are also companies, are organizing themselves to survive and are waiting for help from the parent company, FIFA. In Burkina Faso, football players are in a grey area. With the exception of […]

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DR Congo: Government resumes income tax collection

The suspension of income tax collection in DR Congo, decided at the end of March to cushion the coronavirus crisis, will not have lasted the three months initially announced. Since last April, the authorities, wanting to mitigate the harmful effects of the pandemic on civil servants, had decided to suspend the 15% levy on the […]

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Burundi: Electoral Commission published partial results of elections earlier than expected

Abrupt acceleration of the electoral calendar in Burundi. While the results were expected at the earliest on Friday, voters were surprised to hear on Thursday evening’s TV news, the Media Synergy, now supervised by the Ministry of Communication, announcing the results of a little more than 12% of Burundian communes. The score attributed to the […]

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African Union Contact Group on Libya concerned over Egyptian threat

The Egyptian President last weekend threatened to commit the Egyptian army to Libya if the self-proclaimed National Libyan Army (NLA) of Khalifa Haftar “were to be put in difficulty” in its “fight against terrorism,” referring to the Government of National Accord of Fayez al-Sarraj.   The interview has raised the fears of the African Union […]

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France adopted the bill rectifying the end of CFA franc

The bill ratifying the end of the CFA franc was adopted on Wednesday 20 May in the Council of Ministers by the French government. This text formally validates the transformation of the West African currency which will change its name to eco. It is a new step after the announcement made on December 21 by […]

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Burundi votes in election marred by reports of violence and rights violations

A triple ballot was held in Burundi where the presidential election overshadowed the other two, legislative and communal elections. The election is meant to usher in the first democratic transition in 58 years of independence for the impoverished east African nation, after widespread international criticism of its last election in 2015, when Nkurunziza ran for […]

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Soudan would pay damages for the 1998 attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam

The Supreme Court of the United States grants a victory to the victims of the 1998 attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. These attacks by Al Qaeda against the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania left 224 people dead. Since 2001, nearly 600 people have demanded that Sudan pay damages because at the time […]

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Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced on Monday 18 May his resignation, the long-awaited epilogue to several months of a political crisis caused by his presumed involvement in the assassination of his former wife in 2017. Thomas Thabane and his wife had been in the process of divorce for several years. “I have decided to […]

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COMESA approves harmonized regional trade facilitation guidelines

COMESA convened a virtual meeting to approve a harmonized set of regional guidelines developed to facilitate movement of goods and services across the region during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting brought together ministers in charge of coordination of COMESA activities at the national level. They underscored the need for an online platform for exchange of […]

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Tension rekindling over Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Relations are not calming down around the mega-dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile, as negotiations with Sudan and Egypt, countries downstream of the river, have been suspended. An Ethiopian government meeting on May 11 rekindled the tension. During the meeting, the head of government Abiy Ahmed and several ministers, as well as the […]

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