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Togo: Internet shutdown amid planned anti-govt protests

Togolese opposition coalition on Tuesday wrapped up plans for an anti-government protest today after an earlier one was postponed. They are basically calling for wide ranging political reforms including the reinstatement of term limits. Activists in the small West African nation have, however, reported an internet shutdown and a social …

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Lesotho: Army commander ‘shot dead’ by soldiers

Lesotho’s army commander has been shot dead by rival military officers, according to the officials in the small southern African country. Defence Minister Sentje Lebona confirmed the death of Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso on Tuesday morning. He was shot at his home by a group of soldiers who had recently been …

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Cambodia Opposition leader Kem Sokha charged with treason

Cambodia’s opposition leader has been charged with treason and could face a jail term of up to 30 years if convicted, according to a statement by a municipal court in Phnom Penh. Kem Sokha was charged with “colluding with foreigners” under Article 443 of Cambodia’s penal code, the court said …

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Uganda: President Museveni ‘educates’ citizens on controversial land laws via radio

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has launched a nationwide radio campaign to educate citizens on the country’s new Land Amendment Bill which has gained widespread condemnation from the public. Museveni started the education campaign on Monday in the western Ugandan city of Kabale where he was hosted on the Voice of …

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Opposition leader Odinga rejects Kenyan election re-run date

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election re-run slated for 17 October “without legal and constitutional guarantees”. But he did not specify exactly what guarantees he wanted. Last week, the Supreme Court annulled August’s election result saying the electoral commission …

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Gabon bans opposition leaders from leaving the country

Gabon on Sunday announced a ban on opposition leaders, including former top African Union official Jean Ping, from leaving the country in what it said was a “temporary, administrative measure”. “This measure follows inflammatory comments by Jean Ping on August 18 when he called for public disorder, rebellion and insurrection,” …

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