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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The body of Laurent Barthélémy Ani Guibahi, a 14-year-old child from Ivory Coast who was found dead last month in the landing gear of a plane at Roissy airport, near Paris, arrives at Abidjan airport. “I needed to get the body of my child back,” says Ani Marius, the father of the child.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, paving way for the formation of a unity government that seeks to end six years of war. “I President Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of South Sudan, do hereby issue a decree for the appointment of Dr.

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The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday there was a “fighting chance” of containing the virus that’s spread from China, but the crisis could get worse. “Although the window of opportunity is narrowing to contain the outbreak, we still have a chance to contain it,” WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

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Votes cast in this weekend’s presidential elections in the West African state of Togo will have to be counted manually because of fears the electronic vote-counting system has been hacked, the country’s top election official said Friday. The head of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Tchambakou Ayassor, said it was a development that required an immediate response.

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Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane has denied reports that he has fled the country, insisting he is in South Africa for a medical visit. Thabane was expected in court on Friday where he was to be charged with murder in the killing of his estranged wife.

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Hundreds of high-level decision makers and industry trailblazers, spanning fields from economics and philanthropy to healthcare, attended the Milken Institute Middle East and Africa summit 2020 in Abu Dhabi. The event featured a diverse guest list, from original influencer, Paris Hilton to alternative medicine and wellness guru, Deepak Chopra.

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The significance of the February 22 vote is that it will be the first presidential polls after constitutional changes occasioned by anti-government protests which started three years ago. Togo’s incumbent Faure Gnassingbe will be contesting for the first of two constitutionally mandated five-year terms.

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Algeria’s president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has honored the protest movement that toppled his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year, with a special holiday. Tebboune, who was elected in December last year, declared Feb. 22 a special holiday to honor the peaceful “smile revolution”.

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A court decision in Kenya dismissing a security guard’s case for unfair dismissal highlights the delicate position that security personnel find themselves in when interfacing with high profile government officials. While the treatment of Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i led to the dismissal of Daizy Cherogony, in Rwanda, the justice minister Evode Uwizeyimana was fired for harassing a security guard.

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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.

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Namibia has become the first African country to export red meat to the United States, following nearly two decades of negotiations. The state-owned meat firm Meatco sent a shipment of 25 tonnes of beef to Philadelphia on Wednesday, and the Southern African nation is set to export 860 tonnes of various beef cuts in 2020 to the United States, rising to 5,000 tonnes by 2025.

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Haitians gear up for the annual Carnival celebration. This year, the Mardi Gras festivities are seen as controversial in a country struggling with gang violence, kidnappings and political unrest. “I could go to China to take that (raw textiles) basically because, I know I will work with that, with more money but we don’t have money.

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Togo’s president Faure Gnassingbe is confident of securing victory in Saturday’s elections, telling AFP and Le Monde on Thursday that he is not a dictator. Gnassingbe is aiming to extend his family’s decades-long domination over the West African nation by claiming a fourth term in power.

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When voters in Togo head to the polls this weekend they will have to choose between keeping the Eyadéma 50 year dynasty or a new leader. The six challengers lining up against incumbent Faure Gnassingbé, including favourite Jean-Pierre Fabre, face a mammoth task to persuade the 3.6 million registered voters to take out the leader.

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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.

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The Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane announced his resignation Thursday. In a televised speech in the capital, Maseru, the 80-year old said the decision has been the hardest he’s made in his career. “Today I wish to reiterate my announcement to retire from office.

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Criticism from her family and neighbors only made footballer Samar Sheikh more determined to overcome social and gender prejudice. There is more in the Grand Angle. @NyashaKMutizwa

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Tunisia’s designated Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh on Wednesday named a new coalition government after reaching an agreement with the Ennahda party, bringing an end to the political crisis. The Tunisian economy has been hit by the political wrangling with the nation sinking further into debt due to a series of big-budget deficits.

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There was dram and excitement as a Ugandan court on Thursday acquitted popular activist Stella Nyanzi, ordering her immediate release from jail. Nyanzi had been sentenced to 18 months in jail, finding her guilty of cyber-harassment. In September 2018, the 45-year-old university lecturer had refereed to the private parts of president Yoweri Museveni’s deceased mother.

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Africa is considered the powerhouse for renewable energy. According to the International Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA), the continent’s production capacity could reach 310 gigawatts by 2030. The African Development Bank is playing its part, supporting the growth of this sector having disbursed a budget of more than 600 million dollars to support African initiatives in hydroelectricity, wind, solar and geothermal energy.

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Glencore, the brokerage and raw materials extraction company, has agreed to supply Samsung with 21,000 tonnes of cobalt over the next 5 years. The five-year agreement between the Anglo-Swiss and Korean giants which is already being studied also aims to conclude long-term supply agreements with key players in the supply chain of lithium-ion batteries.

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