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European Union throws weight behind Somalia’s security reforms.

The European Union has welcomed Somalia’s decision to take the lead in providing security of its people and to implement reforms in line with the National Security Architecture agreed in April 2017. Somalia’s army recently terminated a military cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), taking over the training, …

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Gabon court orders ministers to resign

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Gabon’s constitutional court has called on the prime minister to resign and dissolve the lower house of parliament because they failed to meet an election deadline. According to the court, the government should have organised twice-delayed legislative elections by 30 April at the latest. “It is clear that the government …

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Ethiopia’s Desalegn asks South Sudan president to step down.

Ethiopia’s former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has stressed the need for South Sudan president Salva Kiir to step down and allow the country to be guided to peace by a new face. Desalegn added that it was increasingly becoming clear that peace agreements between the government and rebel groups were …

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Ghanaian President rejects same-sex legalisation.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says: “It will NOT be under his presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Ghana.” A statement from the presidency was responding to a recent resurfacing of the issue. The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) scribe had made the allegation warranting the response. This is …

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Kiir declares no going back to S. Sudan opposition.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has rejected opposition calls for him to resign as part of efforts to end a civil war, accusing anti-government groups of making “unreasonable demands” in peace talks. Despite several agreements and ceasefires, fighting has rumbled on in South Sudan with barely any break since it …

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Kenya decentralization move erupts clash.

Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga have clashed yet again on how they think the country should be governed. Odinga and Ruto both addressed a governors’ conference with the latter sought to explain why Raila’s proposal of a three tier government was not in the interests …

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