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

EUToday: European Parliament reacts to Tindouf Camps aid scandal

The Budgetary Control and Development Committees of the European Parliament are both actively involved in investigating the case of the Misappropriation of Humanitarian Aid to the Tindouf refugee camps in Southern Algeria, as reported in EUToday last week. After having been largely behind the outcry aroused in the Parliament around the theme of the embezzlement […]

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A blogger sentenced to six months in prison for parodying a Quranic sura

A Tunisian blogger was sentenced to six months in prison on Tuesday for parodying a Quranic sura, entitled “Sura Corona”, to incite respect for barrier gestures. She was found guilty of “attacking the sacred”, “offending public morals and inciting violence” and will have to pay a fine of 2,000 dinars (650 euros). This sentence reopens […]

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Côte d’Ivoire paid national tribute to Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly

Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday paid national tribute to Prime Minister and presidential candidate Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who died on 8 July of a heart attack at the age of 61, during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Abidjan. Côte d’Ivoire paid tribute to its Prime Minister. The national funeral of Amadou Gon Coulibaly took […]

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Niger loses one of its press pioneer

Mamane Abou, journalist and a pioneer of the Nigerien press, died on Monday in Niamey at the age of 72. He was the editor of the weekly Le Républicain, one of Niger’s leading newspapers. He contributed greatly to the development of investigative journalism and a free press in his country. Mamane Abou, a Tuareg and […]

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Morocco announces $621m stimulus package to national carrier

Morocco will allocate $621 million to its national carrier Royal Air Maroc whose activities have taken the brunt of the covid-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Mohamed Benchaâboun told lawmakers Monday. The package comes as the airline is set to resume international flights from July 15, for special destinations. The airline will fly out Moroccan nationals living […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Surprise resignation Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan

The Vice-President of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, 77, has resigned from his post. The announcement was made on Monday 13 July by presidential secretary-general Patrick Achi, as the country mourns the death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly on 8 July. “Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan submitted his resignation to the President of the […]

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Burkina Faso: President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré nominated to run November presidential election

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is running for a second term. He has just been nominated as the candidate of the People’s Movement for Progress and its allies at the end of an extraordinary congress. Activists and supporters of the People’s Movement for Progress (MPP), have officially nominated President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré as their […]

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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 […]

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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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