Africa 

Gnassingbé re-elected with 72% of votes- EC

Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth term in office, according to provisional results declared by the national election commission. On Monday, the commission said he won 72 percent of the vote in the first round of presidential election. “Based on all the data obtained from the local independent electoral commission and the independent embassy electoral commissions, the candidate of the Union for the Republic (UNIR) party, Mr. Gnassingbé Essozimna Faure is provisionally proclaimed elected president of the Togolese Republic”, Kodjona Kandaga, President of the National Electoral Commission said…

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CONVID-19: Africa is ill-equipped- WHO

Africa is ill-equipped to respond to the deadly corona virus outbreak, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The global health body is concerned about the spread of the virus in countries with weak health systems on the continent. Director General of the WHO Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at a meeting of 36 African health ministers at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa via video link from Geneva, Switzerland. In some member states we have weak public health institutions, weak systems, health systems, we have gaps in the diagnostics. “If…

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Vote counts underway in Togo

In Togo, counting of votes began Saturday just after the first round of the presidential election. More than 3.6 million people registered for a population of nearly 8 million to decide between the six candidates. The failed opposition has found a single candidate, hoping that a leader will emerge to unite the opposition in the second round. But in the camp of President Faure Gnassingbe, it is hoped that he will win a fourth term. President Faure Gnassingbé became president in 2005 after the death of his father, who took…

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Africa 

South Sudan forms coalition gov’t

It’s a new dawn in South Sudan as leaders form a coalition government. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, a day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government. “You have just witnessed the swearing in of the First Vice President, and the vice presidents. An event, which many of you had thought, was impossible. This action signifies the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. I want to assure you, we will…

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Togolese opposition denounces vote irregularities

Togolese main opposition candidate Agbéyomé Kodjo has denounced electoral irregularities on the evening of the first round of presidential elections. The former Prime Minister under Ngnassigbé Eyadema, whose house, according to AFP, was briefly surrounded by security forces, made the claim at a press conference. “I think that if the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) rectifies the irregularities we denounce, there is no reason why we should not pass the first round”, Kodjo said. Somehow, the current president himself and his government are aware that they have been defeated. Along…

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Togo votes in a presidential election without great suspense

Polling stations opened on Saturday morning in Togo where voters will choose their president in a ballot without much suspense as incumbent Faure Gnassingbé is expected to win a fourth term in office in the face of divided opposition. Some 3.6 million voters are being called to the polls until 4 p.m. (1600 GMT) in some 9,000 polling stations across the country, but many of them have already announced that they want to boycott a poll they consider neither free nor transparent. In Lomé, in the sandy courtyard of the…

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Reports of wave of arrests in Bujumbura region Burundi

The National Council for Liberty (CNL), the main opposition party in Burundi, condemned Saturday “a wave of arrests” of its local leaders in the province of Bujumbura since Thursday. “After a mock attack (…) on Wednesday, there has been a wave of arrests of local leaders of the CNL party,” Therence Manirambona, a spokesman for the party, told AFP. He said that “23 people had already been arrested by the police and Imbonerakure (youth of the ruling party) and are being held in police dungeons”. These arrests were confirmed to…

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Keeping up with Africa’s First Ladies: Sierra Leone’s president, First Lady wed

Across the African continent, First Ladies are generally considered the ‘Mother of the Nation’, and are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. While the position of first lady is not legally or constitutionally provided for in many countries, many presidencies cater for the Office of the First Lady, through which the holder is facilitated to champion social causes. The Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD), created in 2002, brings together First Ladies…

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Coronavirus: Kenya, Uganda share reasons for not evacuating citizens

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports.…

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Nigeria asks U.S. to drop travel ban

Nigeria on Thursday asked the United States to abandon new visa restrictions on the West African country ahead of February 21 when they are set to take effect. U.S. President Donald Trump included Nigeria, Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan in an expanded version of his travel ban list early this month. The United States said the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards. Nigeria’s interior ministry issued a statement saying Ogbeni Aregbesola had given the request to drop the ban to the U.S. ambassador in Abuja. “Nigeria is…

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