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Libya: Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam to run for upcoming presidential elections in 2018

A spokesperson for the Gadaffi family has said that Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, the son of the former Libyan leader will contest in the upcoming presidential elections. Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul told the influential local media agency, Egypt Today, that Saif al-Islam has the support and credentials required to end the chaos …

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Zimbabwe: Constantino Chiwenga set to retire pending “redeployment”

The head of Zimbabwe’s military, who led the de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule last month, is set to retire, the government said on Monday, paving the way for his widely anticipated appointment as vice president. Constantino Chiwenga is the top contender to become a deputy to …

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Cameroon: 4 gendarmes killed as Anglophone crisis worsens

Militants seeking independence for Cameroon’s English-speaking regions killed four gendarmes on Monday, the government said, as disputes with the Francophone-dominated government degenerate into open warfare. Several separatists were killed by security forces in ensuing clashes, the government spokesman said. Repression by President Paul Biya’s government against what began as peaceful …

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South Africa: ANC ruling party, elects Cyril Ramaphosa as new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) has elected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader. The country’s deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Zuma’s ex-wife, after a marathon voting process making him a strong position to become president in 2019 polls. The leadership battle caused fierce political infighting, raising …

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Nigerian oil union begins nationwide strike

One of Nigeria’s largest oil unions launched a nationwide strike on Monday over the laying off of its workers, its general secretary said. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), whose members mainly work in the upstream oil industry, started the industrial action after talks with …

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South African rand steadies as ANC votes for new leader

South Africa’s rand steadied early on Monday, giving up earlier gains as the ruling African National Congress voted to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as party head. ANC delegates began casting their ballots in the early hours of Monday, to select between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa …

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