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At least two people were killed on Saturday morning in Savè, in central Benin, as security forces tried to dislodge opponents, who have barricaded and blocked the national road since Tuesday, an elected official from the city told AFP. “This morning (Saturday), a contingent of the Republican Police came to clear the roadblocks,” explained Timothée Biaou, […]

On Sunday afternoon, 9 June 2019, it was confirmed that Zandile Gumede is stepping down, temporarily, from the position of mayor of Ethekwini (Durban). The decision was taken by the KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial leadership following her appearance in court on corruption charges. This issue has many of the ingredients that make up today’s heady political […]

JOHANNESBURG – Bathabile Dlamini was the latest member of Parliament to tender her resignation. In a written letter to African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule, she said serving the party, as well as the ANC Women’s League, was something many South Africans wished for. In her eight-page resignation letter, the former minister of women […]

Ethiopian authorities have blocked internet access across the country in a move to preserve the integrity of national exams currently underway, internet rights group Net Blocks said on Tuesday. The group said it had confirmed a total blackout “as of 7:30 a.m. UTC 11 June 2019. The incident is ongoing, and is believed to be a measure to counter […]

The opposition in Sudan has condemned the deportation of protest leaders. Three members of the protest; Ismail Jalab, MP Yasir Arman and spokesman Mubarak Ardol – were arrested and deported to Juba the South Sudanese capital after meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. According to the political coalition of the leaders calling for the […]

A strike launched by opposition leaders in Haiti on Monday paralyzed the capital, Port-au-Prince. Schools, businesses and government offices were shuttered as demonstrators blocked roads and set piles of tires ablaze. “We stand up to find the money from Petrocaribe. We are determined that we are not going to obey”, a protester said. We stand […]

Lawmakers in Nigeria’s National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives – are set to pick their respective leadership today at their first meeting since polls in March. Local media outlets report that security is high at the complex in Abuja with state security officers having barricaded a number of entry points. The Senators and […]

Ethiopia’s parliament postponed a national census for a second time on Monday, citing security concerns but potentially undermining logistics for the first election under reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopia is due to hold a national vote some time next year, and the census – already postponed once from 2017 – is a crucial step […]

Multiple media sources in Kenya are reporting that the government has closed a border with neighbouring Somalia indefinitely with cross border trade banned in the process. The specific border point is the Lamu County area, one of four border crossings between the two neighbours. They are also joined by Mandera, Wajir and Garissa Counties. The […]

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki on Saturday arrived in Egypt on a two-day official visit, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel disclosed today. “President Isaias and his entourage are scheduled to meet President El- Sisi and other senior officials to discuss bilateral ties; latest developments on the African continent; and other issues of mutual interest,” the Minister […]


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