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Coronavirus: Uganda Opens Border For DR Congo Refugees

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Coronavirus: Uganda Opens Border For DR Congo Refugees

Weeks after Uganda admitted more than four thousand refugees who were fleeing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda has again opened part of its border with the DRC to allow in thousands of people stuck in no-man’s land for more than a month.

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In a report by BBC, at least 3,000 of them fled their homes in May after inter-communal clashes in north-eastern Ituri province.

But they were unable to cross into Uganda to seek safety as the country had closed its borders in March to control the spread of coronavirus.

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United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says sample testing will be carried out on the group to see if coronavirus is present amongst them.

The refugees will be quarantined before being settled and will happen for 14 days at a new isolation centre, 13km (eight miles) from the border.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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