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Mali Opposition Seeks To Curb President’s Authority In Reform Plan

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Mali Leader Appoints New Cabinet To Resolve Crisis

Opponents of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita have sought on Wednesday to end a political crisis by proposing reforms to neuter his authority and hand executive power to a prime minister.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Bamako twice in June to demand the immediate resignation of Keita saying he had been unable to resolve Mali’s numerous crises, while corruption and economic hardship have flourished.

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A leader of opposition coalition, Choguel Kokala Maiga, presented a nine-point proposal this week that included the appointment of a prime minister by the opposition. But did not push for a demand for the president`s resignation.

Among the group’s proposals are the dissolution of the national assembly, a transitional legislative body, the renewal of members of Mali’s highest court, and a government of national unity.

Their proposal would effectively curtail Keita’s powers to that of a ceremonial head of state. 75-year-old Keita, was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term.

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Mali has been in political turmoil since a disputed legislative election in march. The lead-up to the poll was marred by allegations of vote buying and intimidation and the kidnapping of opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.

As concerns about Mali’s political instability are growing, Boubacar Keita`s government has offered concessions, including a unity government, while mediators from the regional body ECOWAS have proposed new legislative elections in disputed constituencies. These have been rejected by the opposition.

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The united nations, which has thousands of peacekeepers in the country, has also called for calm and dialogue. At a Sahel security summit on Tuesday, France, EU and regional leaders called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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Zimbabwe President Vows To ‘Flush Out’ Opponents

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Zimbabwe President Vows To 'Flush Out' Opponents

There has been an outrage over a statement by Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has sparked outrage after he gave a stark warning to opposition figures and human rights campaigners amid growing uproar over corruption and economic mismanagement.

In a televised address on Tuesday, the president said those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. He said bad apples that have attempted to divide the people and weaken Zimbabawe systems will be flushed out. The president also condemned what he called, the machinations of destructive, terrorist opposition groupings.

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His speech has raised concerns about repression. Mnangagwa said “security services will continue to carry out their duties with appropriate astuteness and resolve.

Mnagawa has been facing growing global criticism following arrests of opposition members. Many have already been arrested during protests.

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Zimbabwe’s economy has been on the slide, the government blaming that on acts of economic aggression, currency manipulation and western sanctions.

More than 100 prominent African writers have signed a petition calling for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the African Union and the southern African regional bloc.

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COVID-19: Dozens Of South Sudan Medics Test Positive

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COVID-19: Dozens Of South Sudan Medics Test Positive

South Sudan’s health ministry says about 78 frontline healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

The country has recorded more than twenty-four hundred cases of the coronavirus including 46 deaths. A health official says one male healthcare worker has died.

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Last month, eight health workers resigned because of pressure from their families, who expressed concerns that they might bring the virus home and infect their relatives.

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Somalia Sets Up Disaster Warning Centre To Battle Floods And Locusts

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Somalia Sets Up Disaster Warning Centre To Battle Floods And Locusts

The Somalia government`s newly established office of national disaster is helping citizens with early warnings designed to help the country predict disasters. This year, Somalia has already suffered from flooding and a locust invasion.

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The disaster office uses the latest satellite data, from temperatures to wind pressure, to provide early warnings for flooding, drought, and locust movements.

The new National Disaster Centre opened in June and is funded by Saudi Arabia through the United Nations’ World Food Programme. It was conceived after cycles of floods and drought caused widespread food shortages, including a famine in 2011 that killed more than a quarter of a million persons.

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The United Nations says 5 million of Somalia’s 15 million people, currently need aid, and more than 2 and a half million are displaced by fighting and natural disasters.

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