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DRC’s Tshisekedi Lifts State Of Emergency As Covid-19 Death Rate Falls

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DRC’s Tshisekedi Lifts State Of Emergency As Covid-19 Death Rate Falls

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has lifted Covid-19 State of Emergency. Groups of people poured onto the streets of nation`s capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday night after president Félix Tshisekedi announced the end of a four-month state of emergency.

President Tshisekedi said, in a televised address, a timetable for the gradual resumption of economic activities, including reopening of banks, shops, restaurants and pubs beginning today, Wednesday.

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Public transport, social gatherings, meetings and celebrations have also been allowed.

The government says schools, universities and other educational establishments will reopen next month, while places of worship, stadiums, airports and international borders will reopen from mid-August.

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DR Congo, which is also battling an Ebola epidemic has so far reported nearly nine thousand Coronavirus cases and almost two hundred deaths across 14 of its 26 provinces since four months ago when the first case was found.

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The country says, it has seen a drop in newly reported Covid-19 cases over the last two weeks. The president said safety measures like social distancing and wearing of face masks in public will continue.

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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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