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E‎ITI suspends Niger Republic

The board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI, has suspended Niger Republic for failure to make meaningful progress against key issues in the 2016 EITI Standards.‎ The decision to suspend Niger from the group till April 2019 was taken during the 38th board meeting in Manilla, Philippines due to …

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Burundi’s cabinet gives backing to extension of president Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule

Burundi’s cabinet backed a constitutional change that would allow its president to stay in office until 2034, widening a political rift that has driven the country progressively deeper into crisis. Under existing laws, Burundian presidents are limited to two five-year terms. Unrest that has gripped Burundi since April 2015, when …

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US envoy Nikki Haley says Congo must hold long-delayed election by end of 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo must hold a long-delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila by the end of 2018 or the vote will lose international support, the U.S. ambassador to the UN said on Friday. Repeated delays to the poll, originally scheduled for late 2016, have fueled surging political tensions …

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Kenya rerun election: Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory tainted by low turnout

President Uhuru Kenyatta is cruising home to victory as the result of Kenya’s rerun election trickled in on Friday. But it is an assumed victory that is tainted with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, compared with the 80 per cent turnout in the 8 August election. …

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Mugabe to step down before 2018 elections

President Robert Mugabe, is reportedly planning to announce his shock departure from power before the watershed 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections, as the ruling Zanu PF strongman is now becoming increasingly incapacitated to pull on due to old age and a plethora of confidential health problems, Spotlight Zimbabwe reported on …

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Equatorial Guinea: Vice-president Teodorin Obiang receives 3 years jail term in French corruption case

A French court has handed a three year jail term to Teodorin Obiang Nguema, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea in a corruption case known as the ‘ill-gotten assets’ saga. A Paris court in January this year, opened a corruption, embezzlement and misuse of public funds case against Teodorin, who is the …

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