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

Gabon’s budget cut by 10% because of Covid-19

In Gabon, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has decided to revise its 2020 budget downwards. As Gabon’s finance law is based on the price of raw materials, especially oil and manganese, Libreville has reduced its forecast of oil prices from $57 a barrel to $30. The ton of manganese would lose 28% of […]

Law enforcement abuses in Burkina Faso: Washington threatens to halt cooperation

The United States on Wednesday demanded “swift action” from the Burkinabe authorities against abuses committed by its security forces against civilians under the guise of counterterrorism, threatening if not to stop their security support in Burkina Faso. “U.S. security assistance cannot continue without action” by the Burkinabe authorities “against abuses,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State […]

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Benin cleans up in the online medias

Benin’s High Authority for Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC) enjoins the online media to regularize their situation by requesting authorization, on pain of sanctions. In a press release, the HAAC notes that many sites do not comply with the legislation, and therefore do not currently have the right to publish online content. The High Audiovisual and […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly passed away

The Ivorian Prime Minister died on July 8 afternoon in Abidjan. He collapsed during a meeting of the Council of Ministers. He died after being evacuated to the Pisam polyclinic. Amadou Gon Coulibaly was 61 years old. He had gone to the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris at the beginning of May for medical follow-up following […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Kouadio Konan Bertin says he will not exclude independent participation to the presidential election

Internal challenger of former head of state Henri Konan Bédié, Kouadio Konan Bertin refuses the invalidation of his candidacy for the party’s nomination by the ad hoc committee. He is appealing against this decision. If this decision is upheld, he does not rule out running as a non-party candidate. For the moment, it should be […]

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Burkina Faso: A double attack cost life of a Mayor

At least ten people in the North Central region were killed by armed men in a double attack on Monday. The mayor of the locality died in the first attack and soldiers who came to reinforce him were later ambushed. This is the second mayor to lose his life in attacks attributed to terrorist groups […]

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Guinea: European Union mobilizes €6 million for the fight against Covid-19

Six million euros, or 65 billion Guinean francs, is the amount included in the contract signed on Monday between the European Union and the NGO Alima (Alliance for International Medical), for the response to the coronavirus epidemic in Guinea, announced the European delegation in a statement. This fund should be injected in a project related […]

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Malian President proposes a government of national unity to end crisis

In Mali, solutions are multiplying in an attempt to resolve the political crisis. Thus, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta received Saturday in Bamako representatives of parties of the presidential majority, with whom the idea of forming a government of national unity was discussed. President IBK who is concerned about the political crisis in his country discussed […]

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Burkina Faso: Government wants to protect famous Saponé hat for the benefit raftsmen

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts, Harouna Kaboré and the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Abdoul Karim Sango proceeded Saturday at the town hall of Saponé, to the unveiling of the label of the Saponé hat, one of the symbols of Burkinabe culture. With the aim of promoting and enhancing the value of […]

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Benin: Attempt of coup d’état against Patrice Talon?

Rumors and social networks have reported an attempted coup d’état that reportedly failed on the night of 25-26 June. Conflicting information was circulated on the subject and for the first time the minister spokesman made an official statement on 1 July. He acknowledged that there had been arrests for “acts contrary to peace”. The Minister […]

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