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African Union observers endorse Guinea poll as tension builds

Observers from the African Union and the Economic Comunity of West African States (ECOWAS) have said Guinea was conducted transparently, despite opposition claims of irregularities. On Monday, opposition leader Cellou Diallo declared himself winner, saying his own tally gave him a first-round victory over president Alpha Conde. Diallo’s claim was swiftly rejected by the electoral commission, which called it “premature” and “void”. Addressing journalists in the capital, Conakry, Augustin Matata Ponyo, the AU’s head of mission in Guinea, said on Tuesday the ballot was held “in transparency”. “The elections were…

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Lagos imposes 24-hour curfew as anti-police marches expand in Nigeria

Nigeria on Tuesday announced a 24-hour curfew over Lagos as protests over police brutality continued to expand. On Monday, the protestors moved to occupy Lagos’ international airport, nearly bringing the city of 14m to a standstill. Announcing the curfew, Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the measures were necessary to restore order. I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, 20th October,2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets. — Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October…

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Armed attackers free more than 1,300 prisoners in DR Congo

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels freed more than 1,300 prisoners in an assault on a jail in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic Congo. Only about 100 prisoners after the attack on Kagbayi prison on Tuesday morning. The ADF are a Ugandan rebel group with bases in eastern Congo. “We had a count before the escape of 1,456 (prisoners), 110 (of them) stayed and I thank them for that. Some 20 (escapees) have already returned and I know that others are on their way back. We’ll do a tally, and work…

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The black women fighting for more diversity in the make up industry

Applying and experimenting with makeup can be a fun and creative experience but for people of diverse ethnicities, it can be disheartening. For years they have raised concerns about the lack of beauty products for darker skin. One Zimbabwean born make up artist in Australia is now inspiring younger women to speak out, “I think unfortunately often, we are only seeing one shade, or one race being represented all the time,” said make-up artist Rumbidzai Mudzengi. “A lot of the time, it starts to feel like there’s no place for…

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Tunisia football dispute ends in street protest

Businesses in the town of Chebba in southeastern Tunisia did not open on Monday as a disagreement over football escalated into an angry protest. Supporters of the local football club burned tyres and blocked roads protesting its exclusion from the national league by Tunisia’s football federation. “We are against the injustice in our club and against the harassment on the part of the (Tunisian) Football Federation,” said Sadok Khennasa, a member of the supporters committee of the CS Chebba football club. The club’s fans allege that their team was unfairly…

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Guinea’s Diallo claims victory, electoral body says his comments are ‘void’

Guinea’s electoral body has called opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo’s self-proclaimed victory in the first round of a presidential election “void”. “Despite the serious anomalies that marred the smooth running of the … election and in view of the results that came out of the ballot boxes, I am victorious in this election in the first round,” Diallo told supporters on Monday, a day after the vote was held. Diallo’s supporters chanted “Cellou, president”. But elsewhere in the city, joyous celebrations by supporters devolved into clashes with security forces. Diallo,…

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Trump signals Sudan removal from terror list

President Donald Trump signalled Sudan would be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation of $335 million to American terror victims and their families. The move would open the door for Sudan to receive much needed international loans and aid to revive its battered economy. Sudan has been listed since 1993 when al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden lived in the country as a guest of the government. The compensation relates to the victims of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya…

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Guinea: Diallo supporters flood Conakry after election victory claim

After Guinea’s opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo’s self-proclaimed victory in the first round of the presidential vote, his supporters flooded the streets of the capital Conakry Speaking at a press conference on Monday, a day after the vote, Diallo said he had emerged “victorious” despite “anomalies which marred the ballot”. “I invite all my fellow citizens who love peace and justice to stay vigilant and committed to defend this democratic victory,” he said. Soon after, his supporters chanted “president”, despite no official result being published and the electoral body saying…

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More violence will rock Ivorian poll – Analyst

Election campaigns in Ivory Cost took a violent turn last weekend with deadly violence in the city of Bongouanou, 200km north of Abidjan. Two people were killed as two ethnic communities clashed. While the violence appeared spontaneous, regional bloc ECOWAS is worried. It has dispatched a delegation to the country to try and calm tensions. Ethnically charged slogans and messages have increased as the west African country prepares for a presidential election on October 31. Political analyst Sylvain N’Guessan says last weekend’s clashes are a sign of more violence to…

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‘I won’: Cellou Diallo declares himself victorious in Guinea election

Guinea’s opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo declared on Monday declared himself winner of Sunday’s vote, defeating Alpha Conde, the incumbent president. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Conakry a day after the hotly contested election, Diallo said he had emerged “victorious” despite “anomalies which marred the ballot”. “I invite all my fellow citizens who love peace and justice to stay vigilant and committed to defend this democratic victory,” the 68-year-old said, dressed in a sky-blue robe, from his party headquarters. Outside the building, supporters erupted in joy and…

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