South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

9 May 2021, 7:05 PM
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country.
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Chad rebels ready to observe ceasefire, discuss settlement: rebel spokesperson 25 April 2021, 9:52 AM

Rebels in northern Chad are ready to observe a ceasefire and to discuss a "political settlement" after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby last week and the fighting that followed, a rebel spokesperson said on Sunday.

Chadian opposition accuse France of supporting coup and call for peaceful protests 25 April 2021, 4:21 AM

A Chadian opposition coalition on Saturday accused France of supporting what they denounce as a coup and called for organised protests.

Chadian rebels vow to resume advance after Deby’s funeral 24 April 2021, 6:54 PM

Rebels in northern Chad were preparing to advance on the capital N'Djamena, a spokesman said on Saturday, following the funeral of President Idriss Deby who died on the battlefield.

Potential new malaria vaccine shows promise in Burkina Faso trial 23 April 2021, 5:54 PM

A potential new malaria vaccine has proved highly effective in a trial in babies in Africa, pointing to it one day possibly helping reduce the death toll from the mosquito-born disease.

Ahead of Deby’s funeral, Chad rebels say command hit by air strike 23 April 2021, 10:50 AM

Chadian rebels said on Friday their command centre was bombed overnight in an attempt to kill their leader, hours ahead of the funeral of President Idriss Deby who was killed on the frontline on Monday.

UN Security Council expresses concern about humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray 23 April 2021, 2:02 AM

The UN Security Council expressed concern on Thursday about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region, particularly abuse of women and girls, a week after the UN aid chief said sexual violence was being used as a weapon of war.

AU Peace and Security Council to discuss situation in Chad and Somalia 22 April 2021, 9:56 PM

The African Union Peace and Security Council has announced that it would discuss the situation in Chad and Somalia where both governments are being accused of unconstitutionalism. 

African countries urged not to waste vaccines after expiry confusion 22 April 2021, 3:45 PM

The African Union’s disease control body and World Health Organisation on Thursday urged African countries not to waste COVID-19 vaccines donated to them, after confusion in Malawi and South Sudan about whether doses they received had expired.

Egypt to produce Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, roll out expected in Q3: Statement 22 April 2021, 12:47 PM

Egyptian pharmaceutical firm Minapharm has agreed to produce more than 40 million doses a year of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the vaccine abroad, said on Thursday.

Mozambique’s Nyusi vows to restore peace in gas-rich Cabo Delgado 22 April 2021, 8:53 AM

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said on Wednesday the government will work to restore peace in the country after a deadly militant attack last month near the multi-billion-dollar gas projects backed by global oil companies.

Ethiopia rights commission said armed group has ‘taken control’ of county 22 April 2021, 2:50 AM

An armed group has taken control of a county in northeastern Ethiopia, reportedly killing civilians and kidnapping public servants, the state-appointed Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported late on Wednesday.

EU-Lesotho Political Dialogue notes Mozambique security crisis with concern 21 April 2021, 8:21 PM

The European Union Member states accredited to Lesotho met in Maseru to pave the way forward regarding a framework of the economic partnership agreement. Collaboration regarding regional integration, Lesotho’s national reforms and socioeconomic recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic were high on the agenda. The security issue in northern Mozambique was also noted with concern. European […]

Chad in turmoil after Deby death as rebels, opposition challenge military 21 April 2021, 6:02 PM

The son of Chad's slain leader Idriss Deby took over as president and armed forces commander on Wednesday as rebel forces threatened to march on the capital.

Benin court confirms President Talon’s re-election 21 April 2021, 5:19 PM

Benin's constitutional court on Wednesday confirmed President Patrice Talon's re-election with 86% of votes from a poll boycotted by several opposition parties.

Ramaphosa condemns violence in Chad 21 April 2021, 12:54 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence in Chad, which led to the death of President Idriss Deby.

Cash-strapped Africa overwhelmed by COVID vaccine challenge 21 April 2021, 9:32 AM

Many African countries, already facing a shortage of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, are being stunned by the unprecedented scale of the distribution challenge when doses do arrive.

Lesotho journalists get Astrazeneca vaccine shots 21 April 2021, 6:30 AM

Members of the media sector in Lesotho have received their first AstraZeneca vaccine shots as the country's rollout continues.

Death toll from clashes between Ethiopian Amhara, Oromo groups rises to 50: Residents 20 April 2021, 9:54 PM

On Tuesday, residents of the town of Ataye said the number of dead was higher and included Amhara security personnel.

UN leaders send condolences to Chad amid concerns of further instability 20 April 2021, 8:38 PM

The military in Chad says President Idriss Deby was killed while on the frontline of the conflict with rebels in the north of the country.

Civilian flights to Cairo from Tripoli to re-start Wednesday: Libyan PM 20 April 2021, 8:26 PM

Civilian flights between Tripoli and Cairo will re-start on Wednesday after a suspension of more than six years and the Egyptian embassy will re-open soon, Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh said.

Deby’s death described as loss to Africa and fight against terrorism 20 April 2021, 6:47 PM

Deby, 68, took power in a rebellion in 1990 and was one of Africa's longest-ruling leaders, surviving numerous coup attempts and rebellions.

Zimbabwe parliament votes to scrap presidential running mate rule 20 April 2021, 6:38 PM

Zimbabwe's parliament approved legislation on Tuesday removing a clause in the constitution on electing vice presidents, a move which the opposition says is intended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to concentrate power in the presidency.

Chad President Idriss Deby dies on frontline, son to take over 20 April 2021, 3:00 PM

Chad's President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels, the army said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner of a presidential election.

Chad President Idriss Deby dies on front lines, says army spokesman 20 April 2021, 1:16 PM

Chad's President Idriss Deby has died while visiting troops on the front line of a fight against northern rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner of a sixth term in office.

Chad army says it beats back rebels advancing towards capital 19 April 2021, 7:10 PM

Chad's army said on Monday it had beaten back a column of insurgents, claiming to have halted a rebel advance towards the capital N'Djamena as the country awaits the final results of a presidential election last week.

Windhoek court refuses application for gay couple to enter country 19 April 2021, 1:59 PM

The Windhoek High Court in Namibia refused an application to compel the Namibian Home Affairs Ministry to allow the twin daughters of a gay couple to enter Namibia.

AU, Africa CDC launch Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing 19 April 2021, 7:49 AM

The African Union (AU) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) and have signed two Memorandums of Understandings.

Malawi fires Labour Minister, arrests officials over misuse of COVID-19 funds 19 April 2021, 3:10 AM

Fourteen people, including senior officials, have been arrested in Malawi and Labour Minister Ken Kandodo has been sacked over misuse of COVID-19 funds, President Lazarus Chakwera and police said on Sunday.

Nearly 100 people injured after train derails in Egypt 18 April 2021, 7:06 PM

Ninety-seven people were injured on Sunday when four train carriages derailed in Egypt's Qalioubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement

Chad’s Deby takes early election lead, partial results show 18 April 2021, 2:06 AM

Chad President Idriss Deby has taken a strong early lead and appeared poised to extend his three-decade rule, partial provisional results of the April 11 presidential election released by the election commission showed.