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Morocco’s UN ambassador re-elected vice president of ECOSOC

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) re-elected Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, for a second term as vice-president of ECOSOC and chairman of its humanitarian segment for 2020. This renewal of trust in Ambassador Hilale is reflective of the credibility that Morocco enjoys within the UN and notably among […]

Algeria: Runaway lawmaker wanted by justice arrested

An Algerian lawmaker on the run after losing his immunity at a request from justice, has been arrested. Baha Eddine Tliba, from Annaba governorate, of ruling National Liberation Front (FNL) was scheduled to appear in court on October 6. The man dubbed “the Qatar Emir of Annaba” has been indicted for illegal funding of former […]

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Morocco seizes 5.9 tons of cannabis in border crossing with Mauritania

Moroccan authorities Monday seized 5.9 tonnes of cannabis resin in the border crossing with Mauritania of Guerguarat, one of the largest catches this year. A driver was arrested along with two other people after the banned substance was found concealed in a truck heading to West Africa. The Moroccan police has stepped up its crackdown […]

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Transport: Kenya to open $1bn Chinese-built railway line

Kenya will soon open a new railway line to connect the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley region, local media reported. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to commission the extended railway line that is a key component of the proposed Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba SGR project. The 120 km stretch has been built by the China Communications […]

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Tanzania: President, Govt move to new capital Dodoma

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and the entire government have relocated to the country’s new capital of Dodoma. The new capital Dodoma, which was elevated to city status last year, was designated as the capital city. Its central location, compared to the coastal Dar es Salaam is considered ideal for bringing government services closer to the […]

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Polls open in Mozambique elections

Polls have opened across Mozambique on Tuesday for presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections. The elections are seen as a test of a recent peace deal between the ruling party and the armed opposition. In August, Mozambique’s president, and the leader of Renamo, a former rebel movement-turned-opposition party, have signed a peace accord to end armed […]

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Tunisia: conservative Kaïs Saïed elected president

In Tunisia, supporters of presidential candidate Kaïs Saïed have stormed the grand boulevards of central Tunis in celebration late on Sunday after exit polls showed the conservative candidate  was elected by a landslide majority. Kaïs Saïed contested Tunisia’s runoff presidential election against media magnate Nabil Karoui. After the exit polls were released, Kaïs Saïed appeared […]

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Benin gets $87.4 million from Germany

Germany will provide $87.4 million to Benin to finance development projects, the Beninese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on its website. According to the statement, this resource allocation will support the sectors of drinking water and sanitation, agriculture, and good governance. The German government’s commitment on this last point should focus […]

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King of Morocco Calls on Private Sector to Rev up Country’s Development Efforts

King Mohammed VI has called on the private sector, particularly, the banking and financial institutions, to support further the development process engaged in the country to bridge the social gap and speed up the social and economic take-off. In a speech made on Friday before the members of the two houses of the parliament, the […]

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace with neighboring Eritrea. He was awarded the prize Friday for his “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” Ahmed worked with Eritrea’s President Isaias […]

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