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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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Malawi: Lazarus Chakwera wins presidential election

Opponent Lazarus Chakwera was declared winner of the presidential election in Malawi by the election commission. However, this does not mean the end of a long electoral battle, as even before the validation of these results, the defeated ruling party was denouncing irregularities. One year after the disputed election of President Peter Mutharika, Malawians were […]

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Burundi: New cabinet unveiled

The first government of the new Burundian president, General Evariste Ndayishimiye, was announced by his spokesman on Sunday evening. It is a tight government, with the number of portfolios reduced from 21 to 15. Only five members of the former cabinet were maintained. One of the regime’s hardliners, head of the National Intelligence Service, Gervais […]

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Benin: Journalist Ignace Sossou regained freedom

He’s finally free to move around. Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou, who was convicted in a case opposing him to the public prosecutor, Mario Mètonou, regained his freedom on Wednesday, after 6 months in prison. Media professionals who mobilized for his release were at the Cotonou civil prison to welcome him. “I thank you for coming, […]

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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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Somalia: Shebab attack on Turkish military training center

The Somali terrorist group on Tuesday carried out a suicide attack on the TurkSom military academy near Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring two others. This is the first time that the Islamist movement has targeted this site inaugurated three years ago to train future Somali soldiers. The bomber is believed to have […]

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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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Arab League calls for an immediate ceasefire in Libya

Arab Foreign Ministers have expressed total opposition to all forms of interference in Libya and to all plans to divide the country, calling for the disbanding of militias and the withdrawal of mercenaries from Libyan territory in order to make a ceasefire viable. The Arab League Foreign Ministers, who held an emergency meeting Tuesday at […]

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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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Burundi: Parliament approves Vice President, Prime Minister proposed by new President

The Burundian Parliament’s two chambers, the National Assembly and the Senate, on Tuesday, June 23, approved with flying colors the candidates presented by President Evariste Ndayishimiye for the posts of Vice President and Prime Minister, namely Prosper Bazombanza and Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, both well-known figures in the country. The vote was conducted smoothly in the National […]

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