Five Tunisian parties seek to oust Ghanouchi as parliament speaker

12 July 2020, 7:37 PM
At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in the speaker of parliament, Rached Ghanouchi, the leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, politicians said on Sunday.
Influential Africans, part 3 – Dr Cheikh Anta Diop 30 June 2020, 9:58 PM

This week on Influential Africans, we look at the life of African academic-historian, Dr Cheikh Anta Diop

Nigeria’s WTO nominee says has “strong support” from Africa 30 June 2020, 7:55 PM

Nigeria’s candidate to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) said she feels “strong support” from Africa and expects African leaders to unite behind one candidate as sources following the race said she is gaining broader backing.

Nigeria to ease COVID-19 curbs on inter-state travel and students 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions.

More than 150 Nigerians repatriated from South Africa land back home 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Over 160 stranded Nigerian nationals in South Africa have been successfully returned to their homeland. The operation saw 45 Nigerian nationals landing in Abuja and 122 others in Lagos.

Thousands of Sudanese rally for faster reform after Bashir ousting 30 June 2020, 5:10 PM

Tens of thousands demonstrated on Tuesday in Sudanese cities despite a coronavirus lockdown to demand greater civilian rule in the transition towards democracy after the ouster of veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir last year.

Kenya’s tourism industry hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic 30 June 2020, 9:09 AM

Kenya has lost 800 million US dollars in tourism revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, the country's tourism.

Senegal lifts COVID-19 state of emergency to protect economy 30 June 2020, 6:39 AM

Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday said he had decided to lift a state of emergency over COVID-19 to support the struggling economy.

AU urges UN Security Council to respect its role in GERD dispute 30 June 2020, 6:11 AM

South Africa has called on the UN Security Council to respect the African Union and continental efforts led by the AU Chairman to find a solution to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt.

Gabon senate votes to decriminalise homosexuality 29 June 2020, 9:49 PM

Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, the president’s office said, in a landslide result that will make the country one of the few in Africa to reverse an earlier ban on same-sex relationships.

Lesotho’s former first lady granted bail in murder case amid escape concerns 29 June 2020, 8:09 PM

Lesotho’s former first lady, charged with the murder of her love rival, was granted bail on Monday, despite objections from the police that she might use it to escape.

Malawi names former insurance executive as finance minister 29 June 2020, 4:10 PM

Former insurance executive Felix Mlusu was named Malawi’s new finance minister on Monday, a week after a re-run presidential election that unseated the incumbent.

West African instability risks gains against militants: French official 29 June 2020, 3:39 PM

Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday.

COVID-19, Africa’s conservation and trophy hunting dilemma 29 June 2020, 3:01 PM

Wildlife conservation hasn’t escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely due to the fact that tourism funding, which supports the conservation of wide swaths of Africa and some 23 million livelihoods, has all but dried up.

Burundi’s new cabinet includes officials under Western sanctions over rights abuses 29 June 2020, 2:35 PM

New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under US or European sanctions over theiralleged role in violently crushing street protests.

Malawi’s Chakwera sworn in as president after re-run election 29 June 2020, 1:47 AM

Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in for a five-year term on Sunday, hours after unseating former leader Peter Mutharika in a re-run election.

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Ramaphosa congratulates newly-elected Malawi President 28 June 2020, 6:32 PM

Chairperson of the Africa Union His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa has offered his congratulations to Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on his election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

Congo PM threatens government resignation over minister’s arrest 28 June 2020, 5:06 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister protested on Sunday over the brief arrest of the justice minister, saying the coalition government could resign over the issue and calling on the president to guarantee cabinet members’ legal protections.

Malawi’s opposition leader declared winner of presidential re-run 28 June 2020, 6:41 AM

Malawi’s Electoral Commission declared opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera winner of a re-run presidential election on Saturday, a dramatic reversal of the incumbent’s discredited win in a process that has been seen as a triumph for African democracy.

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Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo chosen by ruling party for poll rematch against Mahama 27 June 2020, 11:17 PM

Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate in this year’s election, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former president John Dramani Mahama.

Zimbabwe suspends stock exchange, mobile payments over ‘economic sabotage’ 27 June 2020, 5:44 PM

Zimbabwe on Friday suspended trade on the stock exchange and mobile phone-based payments to address what President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government called “criminality and economic sabotage.”

Sudan, Egypt say Ethiopia will not fill Nile dam without reaching deal 27 June 2020, 7:14 AM

Leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt agreed that Ethiopia will not start filling its Nile dam without reaching an agreement within two weeks, Sudan and Egypt said on Friday.

World agencies step in as pandemic poverty hits artisanal miners 26 June 2020, 4:52 PM

From a $15 million World Bank fund to an experimental gold-buying project in Burkina Faso, development agencies are delivering financial aid to subsistence miners the COVID-19 pandemic has impoverished.

Namibia’s COVID-19 cases increase 26 June 2020, 10:01 AM

Namibia COVID-19 cases increased from 32 to 90 in a week after a quiet period of about 45 days without a case.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 outbreak could impoverish 5 million people: World Bank 25 June 2020, 4:33 PM

Nigeria’s coronavirus outbreak may push 5 million people into poverty as it triggers the worst recession in the African powerhouse since the 1980s, the World Bank said on Thursday.

Malawi opposition claims victory in presidential election re-run 25 June 2020, 3:27 PM

Malawi’s opposition alliance claimed victory for its candidate Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday in a re-run of the 2019 presidential election, annulled by courts because of fraud.

Congo announces end of Ebola outbreak in east, second deadliest on record 25 June 2020, 3:26 PM

The second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is over after nearly two years and more than 2,200 deaths, Democratic Republic of Congo said on Thursday, even as a separate flare-up of the virus continued on the other side of the country.

Senegal president self-quarantines after contact with COVID-19 case 25 June 2020, 12:21 PM

Senegalese President Macky Sall is quarantining for two weeks after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, state television said on Thursday.

Judgment to be handed down in bail application of Lesotho’s former First Lady 25 June 2020, 8:19 AM

The High Court in Lesotho will today hand down judgment in the bail application in the murder case of Lesotho's former First Lady Maesaea Thabane.

Women, babies at risk as COVID-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns 24 June 2020, 9:31 PM

Millions of women and children in poor countries are at risk because the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting health services they rely on, from neonatal and maternity care to immunisations and contraception, a World Bank global health expert has warned.

Sudan pins hopes on Berlin donor meeting as economy nears collapse 24 June 2020, 3:36 PM

With Sudan’s economy at risk of freefall, hammered by inflation exceeding 100% and plagued by shortages of bread, fuel and medicine, the government is pinning its hopes on a conference of potential donors in Berlin this week.