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Central African Republic: the opposition denounces fraud attempts in voter registration

The opposition KNK party, in a communiqué, accuses President Touadéra’s party, the MCU, of preparing “an electoral hold up”. And claims to reserve the right to reject the results of the voter registration operation. Accusations of document forgery and pressure on the National Elections Authority have been circulating for several days on social networks and […]

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Sudan: Omar al-Bashir’s trial postponed to 11 August

The trial of former President Omar al-Bashir opened on Tuesday 21 July in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. He is being prosecuted for seizing power in a coup 31 years ago, on 30 June 1989. Omar al-Bashir was appearing for the first time alongside 27 co-defendants. But the hearing lasted only one hour and was postponed […]

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Thirteen Russian and Ukrainian sailors were taken hostage in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates had never attacked so far out at sea. Thirteen Russian and Ukrainian sailors were taken hostage 350 kilometers off the coast of Benin last weekend. This attack is another illustration of how dangerous it is for crews in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Sailors are increasingly reluctant to sail in the Gulf […]

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Attorney General Dismisses Amnesty Report as Fundamentally Flawed

The Federal Attorney General dismissed the Amnesty International report issued in May 2020 under the title “Beyond Law Enforcement: Human Rights Violations by Ethiopian Security Forces in Amhara and Oromia” as fundamentally flawed. In a statement it sent to ENA today, the Attorney General said it had formed a committee drawn from the attorney bureaus […]

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Thousands protest in DRC over electoral commission appointee

About thousand people demonstrated in Kinshasa on Sunday 19 June, at the call of the Lay Coordinating Committee (CLC). This organization, affiliated to the Catholic Church, had continued to reject the candidacy of Ronsard Malonda as the future president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni). It also demands reforms to learn from the electoral […]

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Former mayor of Brazzaville sentenced to 5 years in prison

Christian Roger Okemba, who was elected mayor of the Congolese capital in 2017, was accused of embezzlement of public funds, dismissed from office in February and imprisoned in Brazzaville prison. He was tried and sentenced to five years in prison on Saturday 18 July 2020. His lawyers intend to appeal. Christian Roger Okemba, aged 60, […]

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Mali: ECOWAS proposes a government of union with half members from the ruling party

The ECOWAS delegation has completed its mission in Mali. But the crisis exit plan of the experts of the West African organization was not accepted by the opposition, which demanded the resignation of President IBK. Among the recommendations the mission wishes to see swift implementation, the formation of a government of national unity and the […]

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Nigerian among three Africans vying to head WTO

The Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala gave her big speech to the 164 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday 15 July in Geneva. Entering by surprise in the race for the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization, the former Nigerian minister highlighted her political and financial profile to reform an institution […]

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Partial takeover of air routes in several States in Africa

In Senegal, an Algiers-Dakar flight landed on the tarmac of the Blaise-Diagne airport in the Senegalese capital. A first after four months of interruption. Many routes are still suspended because several states have not reopened their borders in the region. Guinea will gradually reopen its air borders from 17 July, President Alpha Condé announced in […]

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Sudan: US sanctions Russian officials and entities linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin

The US treasury has decreed sanctions against several Russian officials and entities linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, who has already been pinned in the 2016 US elections on social networks.   This time, Washington is sanctioning eight targets: three Russians and five companies, all suspected of helping Yevgeni Prigozhin to […]

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