Nigeria Ruling Party Launches President Buhari’s Re-election Campaign

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Nigeria’s ruling party held a rally to mark the launch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid on Friday in the southern city of Uyo, hours after naming a campaign team which includes Africa’s richest man. A presidential election is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16 to determine who will lead Africa’s biggest crude oil producer and the continent’s most populous country. At the launch of the campaign, Buhari told an audience in the southern city — capital of Akwa Ibom state — that his government was winning the fight…

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Trump Continues Wall Campaign as Shutdown Reaches Day 8

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U.S. President Donald Trump continued Saturday to stress the need for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall as a partial government shutdown, triggered by a stalemate over funding for the project, entered its eighth day. In a tweet Saturday, Trump said Democrats should take the initiative on ending the shutdown, saying, “I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal” on border security. A budget standoff remains between Trump, who wants $5 billion in wall funding, and Democratic lawmakers, who back a…

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“Nothing can prevent election”, says Kabila

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s leader says “there is no further reason” to prevent Sunday’s presidential election after two years of delays, but he blames an Ebola outbreak for the last-minute decision to keep an estimated 1 million voters from the polls. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Joseph Kabila says it would be a “disaster” if people vote on Sunday in two large communities in the Ebola outbreak zone, asserting that “a single person” could infect scores or hundreds of others. His comments on Thursday evening contradict those…

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DRC’s Archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

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The archbishop of Kinshasa is urging peace on the eve of Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.” Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo held a Mass in the capital on Saturday attended by leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and a representative of ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. They and sole female candidate Marie-Josee Ifoku held hands during prayer in a spirit of reconciliation. The archbishop said “unfortunately, some of our compatriots give the impression they want to hold…

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DR Congo election: Polls to open in tense vote

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Polls have opened in Africa’s second largest country in an election delayed for more than two years. Close to 40m people are eligible to vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where President Joseph Kabila – in power since 2001 – is standing down. But the run-up has been hit by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude almost 1.3m people from voting. On Saturday, rival candidates also failed to agree on a statement aimed at reducing tension before the poll. Voting began at 05:00 (04:00 GMT) and ends…

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Cameroon’s Biya to take seventh oath on November 6th

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President-elect of Cameroon, Paul Biya, will take his oath of office on November 6, 2018. Earlier reports including by state-run CRTV said the investiture was slated for Friday, November 2, to coincide with the reopening of the ordinary session of both chambers of the legislature. The swearing in normally takes place before a joint sitting of the legislature in the capital, Yaounde. Both houses of parliament were reconvened after a break for the October 7 elections. Biya’s investiture for a seventh straight term was reported to be the highlight of…

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Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi appointed African Union’s Youth Envoy

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Tunisian activist, Aya Chebbi was on Thursday appointed the first ever African Union (AU) Youth Envoy, a position created to mobilise young people across the continent towards the pursuit of Agenda 2063. Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist from Tunisia, who shot to global fame as a blogger during the 2010 Arab Spring in her country, will work with a Youth Advisory Council comprised of members from across the continent. ‘‘She will advocate, and raise awareness on, the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap,’‘ reads part of the AU statement on her…

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DP Ruto hosts President Kenyatta, Raila Odinga for lunch in Karen

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Deputy President William Ruto on Friday hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for a lunch at his Karen residence in Nairobi. Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen was also present. It was not immediately clear whether the lunch was planned or not. The lunch came shortly after the leaders attended the requiem mass of former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chair Jane Kiano at ACK St Francis Church in Karen. In a Twitter post, Mr Ruto said he was consulting with his boss (Mr Kenyatta) on “matters of development and…

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Gen. Muntu unveils next move after exiting FDC

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Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president, Gen. Mugisha Muntu, has extended an olive branch to his successor, Patrick Oboi Amuriat, two days after announcing his departure from the Opposition party. “If ever there is anything he wants from me, say, like advice, I will give it to him in an open and honest way,” he said during a nearly two-hour press conference in Kampala, convened primarily to unveil his new political ambitions. Muntu has parted ways with FDC, intent on forming his own polical party, which will be…

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Why Gen. Muntu exited FDC

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Why We Have Left and Why We Should Hope Fellow Ugandans and former FDC colleagues, Greetings. I write to you today, in order to give you a detailed report of what a number of us have been doing since the beginning of the year. It is my hope that this report shall enable you to understand fully, our actions, intentions and hope for the future. Background: During the party presidential elections held last year, it was clear that there were two emerging views about the future of the party: the…

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