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

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 […]

Côte d’Ivoire: Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly back to Abidjan

Evacuated to Paris two months ago for follow-up care for his heart transplant, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly returned on Thursday 2 July on a presidential plane sent to pick him up. With four months to go before the presidential election, the prolonged absence of the man who will wear the RHDP colours in the […]

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Congo Brazzaville: President Denis Sassou Nguesso loses his plane in France

A Falcon 7X from the presidential fleet of the Congolese Denis Sassou Nguesso is due to be auctioned off on the tarmac at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport. The plane was grounded at the request of a Lebanese businessman, Mohsen Hojeij, acting on the basis of a Paris Court of Appeal ruling of 27 February, in settlement of […]

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Despite Covid 19 slowdown Comorian diaspora increase its money transfers towards home

Comorians in the diaspora have been particularly generous since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. money transfers increased by a third in the first five months of the year, compared to last year, according to the Central Bank of the Comoros. This is an unexpected increase as financial institutions are generally fearful of a drop […]

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Important financial agreements between France and Rwanda

It is the concrete translation of the political warming between France and Rwanda. The two countries signed financing agreements worth 50 million euros on Tuesday 30 June at the French Development Agency. These financial agreements are the first to be signed between the two countries in nearly thirty years. These are two agreements. The first […]

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General Salou Djibo declared candidate for Niger presidential election of 2020

General Salou Djibo has been nominated by his Peace-Justice-Progress Party as a candidate for the presidential election to be held at the end of 2020 in Niger. It is under the colors of his party the PJP that the former head of the military junta, which overthrew Mamadou Tanja in 2010, decided to stand as […]

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Lifting of state of emergency, curfew in Senegal

Senegal’s President Macky Sall announced Monday evening the lifting of the state of emergency and curfew, effective today, Tuesday, June 30, at 11 p.m. In a speech to the nation, the head of state also announced the reopening of air borders from July 15. The Senegalese president however warned that “the danger is still there”, […]

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Air borders start reopening in Côte d’Ivoire & Zambia

International flights, which have been suspended since March due to the health crisis, will be able to resume from 1 July, the Ivorian authorities announced on June 25. But travelers arriving on Ivorian soil will be subject to “control on arrival and monitoring during their stay through a geolocation system,” Health Minister Eugene Aka Aoulé […]

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The prosecution requests the cancellation of the acquittals of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé

The judges of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court closed three days of hearings in the case of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé on Wednesday, 24 June, and began their deliberations. To conclude the 3-day hearing, the Deputy Prosecutor considered that the seriousness of the facts and the constitution of Laurent Gbagbo […]

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Switzerland opens criminal investigation against Glencore for corruption in the DRC

It was the Anglo-Swiss trading, brokerage and materials extraction company that made the information public last Friday, after the stock exchange closed. Specializing in commodities trading, the group says it is willing to cooperate in the investigation. “It’s a stage victory” for the Swiss NGO Public Eye. In December 2017, it had filed a criminal […]

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