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Africa Coronavirus Cases Approach A Million

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Africa Coronavirus Cases Approach A Million

The World Health Organization has warned the Coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm strained public health systems in Africa.  W.H.O.’s latest figures on Wednesday show the continent was approaching a million infections and nearly 21,000 deaths.

South Africa has more cases than any other country on the continent. The government imposed a strict lockdown in March and other raft measures, including border closure and restriction on movement. The government’s ban of alcohol and cigarettes sales is still in effect.

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Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burkina-Faso, Ghana and Zimbabwe also put in place different measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Schools have remained shut since march.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria has reported a decline in the number of infections this week.

Data from Johns Hopkins University show there had been more than 18 and a half million COVID-19 cases globally and 700,000 deaths.  The United States, Brazil, India and Mexico are experiencing exponential increase in fatalities.

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Libyans Protest Armed Militias In Tajoura City

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Libyans Protest Armed Militias In Tajoura City

Libyans have taken to the streets in the southeast of the capital Tripoli to protest against the presence of armed militias in the city of Tajoura.

Clashes broke out on Thursday between two militias loyal to the Tripoli-based and UN-recognized government of national accord. Militias used heavy weapons in a residential suburb that consequently resulted in the death of at least three persons. Several others were reported injured from the two camps and some private properties were damaged.

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The United Nations support mission in the country had called for an urgent security reform on Friday as they reminded both parties of international humanitarian law obligations.

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Togo Appoints Its First Woman Prime Minister

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Togo Appoints Its First Woman Prime Minister

Togo has made an historic appointment of a female prime minister.  President Faure Gnassingbé has chosen the country’s first ever female to occupy the position.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, an economics and marketing graduate, has held a senior post in Gnassingbé’s office before the new role.

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Prior to that, she spent a decade as minister of grass roots development and youth employment, and she had earlier worked for the United Nations Development Programme.

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Earlier on Friday, former Togolese prime minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government resigned, in an expected political reshuffle delayed by the coronavirus pandemic after Gnassingbe was re-elected in February for a fourth term in office after a constitutional change allowed him to run again.

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Nigeria Says Mali Transition Government Yet To Satisfy Regional Demands

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Nigeria Says Mali Transition Government Yet To Satisfy Regional Demands

Mali will have to hold off a bit before sanctions imposed on it would be lifted.  The country’s military are hoping ECOWAS will lift the sanctions earlier imposed after the inauguration of an interim president and appointment of prime minister.  But Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, says some grey areas need to be resolved in Mali’s military handover of power to a civilian government before the ECOWAS sanctions can be lifted.

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The appointment of a civilian president and prime minister were conditions for the sanctions to be lifted following a coup last month.  Mali`s military junta has met those key conditions, but the role of coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita as vice-president, remains a sticking point.

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President Buhari’s office said after he met Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who is an ECOWAS envoy on the Mali issue, that west African leaders may meet again to discuss Mali’s political situation because “the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as vice-president, and what his roles would be in government.”

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