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Burkina Faso power transitional deal to be signed Saturday

OUAGADOUGOU- BURKINO FASO’s army, political parties and civil groups will sign an agreement on Saturday for the west African nation’s return to civilian rule after the ouster of its long-serving president. “We feel we have really accomplished something and we are naturally very happy,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida, who the army put in power after Blaise Compaore was forced out of ... Read More »

Zambians are urged to have a stable transition after Sata

LUSAKA – THE African Union called on Tuesday  called  for a stable electoral transition in Zambia as the country buried late president Michael Sata. Sata, who died in a London hospital from an undisclosed illness two weeks ago at the age of 77, was interred at Embassy Park, Zambia’s presidential burial site, as an artillery unit fired a 21-gun salute ... Read More »

New Algerian plant rolls out its first Renault

ORAN – FRENCH  motor manufacturer Renault inaugurated a multi-million-euro plant in Algeria Monday, Paris’s former colony owning 51 percent of the factory with an initial production capacity of 25000 cars annually. The factory is to produce the Symbol, a saloon based on Renault’s Clio compact sold mainly in markets where hatchbacks are not traditionally favoured. Initial capacity of 25,000 cars ... Read More »

Want to run for president in Nigeria? Only US$132 000

LAGOS – NIGERIA ‘s main political parties are charging eye-watering fees from election hopefuls, in a move condemned as undemocratic and a breeding ground for high-level cronyism and corruption. Supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan pooled their resources to stump up the 22 million naira (132,000 dollars) to buy his nomination form from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The main ... Read More »

Morocco insists postponing African Cup over Ebola

RABAT -MOROCCO  is sticking to its demands to  have the African Cup of Nations  football tournament  postponed because of the Ebola outbreak  in West Africa, despite pressure from the Confederation of African Football. A statement from the Ministry of Sports late Saturday said that because of the “spread of the deadly Ebola pandemic,” Morocco was maintaining its call for delaying ... Read More »

Libya’s disbanded parly reconvenes, sacks top cleric

LIBYA’s  internationally recognised parliament, declared invalid by the country’s top court, reconvened on Sunday and sacked the key state Muslim cleric, Libyan media reported, fuelling a major power struggle in the country. The House of Representatives met in the eastern city of Tobruk and voted to remove Sheikh al-Sadeq al-Ghariani, the Grand Mufti, Libya’s top legal Islamic authority. Most lawmakers ... Read More »

TB Joshua in coroner inquest no-show

ONE  of Nigeria’s most popular preachers failed to appear at a coroner’s inquest on Wednesday to explain how 116 people died in a building collapse at his Lagos megachurch. TB Joshua had been summoned to give evidence at the hearing into the September 12 tragedy at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which left 84 South Africans among the ... Read More »

Zambian interim president reverses firing defence minister

Interim Zambian President Guy Scott PHOTO:REUTERS

ZAMBIA’s interim president Guy Scott reversed his dismissal of defence minister and presidential front-runner Edgar Lungu as the ruling party’s secretary-general on Tuesday after the sacking triggered protests. Scott told state-owned ZNBC Radio he had rescinded his order a day after making it – but did not spell out the reasons for his change of mind. Scott became Africa’s first ... Read More »

One game too far – the downfall of Burkina Faso’s president

IN THE  build-up to this past week’s mass protests in Burkina Faso that ended Blaise Compaore’s 27-year rule, statesmen from French President Francois Hollande to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent him messages with increasing urgency. The meaning was clear: step aside with reputation intact and a high-profile international job, or risk an undignified exit. But Compaore stood firm. Even ... Read More »

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