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African Union meets over political crisis in Chad

– – The African Union’s peace and security council is meeting on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Chad. It follows what analysts say is a subtle military takeover after the death of the country’s leader, Idriss Déby. President Idriss Déby died during clashes with rebels who were advancing unto the country’s capital over the weekend. The army appointed President Idriss Déby’s son, Mahamat to take over, a move that has been rejected by the opposition politicians in Chad. Major opposition parties on Wednesday denounced what they called an…

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Africa Business World 

The African Union’s digital Covid-19 passport for travelers

– – The African Union has developed a common continental Covid-19 digital passport for travelers and airlines. It is an initiative by African Union’s lead health agency, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The technology is known as Trusted Travel, a platform that will enable passengers across Africa to securely and easily verify compliance with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements issued by their destinations of choice. The platform has been made available to airlines since March 2021 as the continent continues to battle the pandemic.…

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Africa World 

Moussa Faki Mahamat re-elected as AU Commission chief

– – Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat has been re-elected as the chairman of the African Union Commission. He secured 51 out of 55 votes from member countries of the African Union during its 34th Summit on Saturday. Mahamat stood unchallenged at the summit which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. He will serve for the next four years and that would be his final tenure as head of the commission. In a statement on Twitter Faki said he was “deeply humbled by the overwhelming and historic vote of…

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Rwanda’s Nsanzabaganwa elected as AU Commission deputy chair

– – Rwandan economist and politician Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as deputy chairperson of the African Union commission. Nsanzabaganwa until her election served as the deputy governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, a role she held since 2011. She is a member of the African Leaders Network, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). The Rwandan politician has also served as the chairperson of the board of directors of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, since 2012. When she first returned to Rwanda, Nsanzabaganwa worked…

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Africa World 

34th African Union summit opens virtually amid Coronavirus

– – The 34th African Union summit opened virtually on Saturday as African leaders discuss very critical issues affecting the continent. The 55-member union will be holding this summit for the next two days on theme “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.” The summit is taking place at the time the continent and the world is battling the Coronavirus Pandemic. The continent of Africa has so far recorded 3.5% of global virus cases and 4% of global deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease…

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DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi takes over as AU chairman

– – President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi has now assumed the role of chairman of the African Union. He took over from South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa and will serve as the chairman for one-year. Tshisekedi’s tenure began officially at the African Union’s 34th summit on Saturday with discussions taking place virtually. As we hand over the baton to the DRC, we are determined to continue working with President Tshisekedi to ensure that Africa becomes an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism…

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African Union welcomes Libyan interim unity government

– – The African Union has welcomed the setting up of a Libyan interim unity government which is expected to oversee elections in December this year. Delegates at a UN-led forum voted for a three-member presidential council as well as a prime minister. Mohamed Younes Menfi, a former ambassador to Greece, will be the head of the presidency council. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, a businessman from Misrata, will also take up the tole of transitional prime minister. None of these persons chosen will be allowed to take part in elections…

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Africa World 

African leaders to focus on Covid-19 and conflicts at AU summit

– – African leaders are expected to focus on the continent’s COVID-19 response at a virtual summit this weekend, as well as pressing security crises that have gone overlooked during the pandemic. The two-day African Union summit comes almost exactly one year after Egypt recorded the first case of COVID-19 in Africa, prompting widespread fears that member states’ weak health systems would quickly be overwhelmed. But despite early doomsday predictions, the continent has so far been hit less hard than other regions, recording 3.5% of global virus cases and 4%…

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Africa World 

300m Covid-19 vaccine doses secured by the African Union

– – The African Union has reportedly secured close to 300 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for the continent. But that number of doses still falls short of the anticipated doses required for protection for the over 1.2 billion people in Africa. Over 3,085,009 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Africa and more than 73,504 deaths, according to Africa CDC. #COVID19 update in Africa as of 13/01/2021 at 9 AM EAT. Cases — 3,107,979., Deaths – 74,444 and Recoveries –2,538,888.More at https://t.co/7xkrFH4etK#AfricaResponds #TestTraceTreat #FactsNotFear pic.twitter.com/Oc2nS2asMx — Africa CDC (@AfricaCDC)…

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Ethiopia PM meets AU envoys over Tigray crisis

– – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met the African Union mission trying to resolve the current crisis in the Tigray region. The envoys have been to Addis Ababa hoping to mediate between Ahmed’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as conflict surges. The Ethiopian Prime Minister earlier rejected what he called international interference in resolving the crisis in the Tigray region. Ahmed in a statement said the international community should “standby until the government of Ethiopia submits its request for assistance”. UN Secretary General António Guterres…

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