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The Zimbabwean government has reopened schools for students who will sit for examinations later in the year. The cabinet made the decision after consultations with education and health officials for learning institutions to open in two weeks.

Authorities say those preparing for Cambridge examinations, authorities say will resume mid-September while, students preparing for the December Zimbabwe school examinations council exams, will resume later this month.

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Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said two weeks were enough for measures to be put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Zimbabwe has reported nearly 7,000 coronavirus cases. Last month, the world health organization and UNICEF urged African countries to consider reopening schools safely to secure the future of children who were being affected by the long closure.

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Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s high court has released on bail a journalist who was arrested with an opposition politician who was detained after calling for anti-government protests in July.  The politician has also been granted bail.  Demonstrations were organized then over what protesters call government`s corruption and worst economic crisis in more than a decade in Zimbabwe.

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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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