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Kenya Resolves Coronavirus Spat With Tanzania

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Kenya and Tanzania have resolved a standing row over coronavirus. The two east African nations have been locked in a diplomatic standoff for four months now.  Kenya had blocked Tanzanian truck drivers from entering the country in may because it feared Tanzania was not transparent on how it dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tanzania had not published figures on covid-19 cases in months. President John Magufuli had also declared his country was Coronavirus free in June.

The disagreement on the Coronavirus protocol caused Kenya to exclude Tanzania from the list of countries whose nationals would be allowed entry under the revised Coronavirus restrictions.

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Tanzania retaliated by banning Kenyan Airlines from its airspace, and nullified approval for some Kenya Airlines.  The country maintained it will not lift the ban unless air travellers from Tanzania are accorded the same treatment as those on the list.

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Well, the tension seems to be cooling off now. Kenya has included Tanzania on the list of countries whose travellers are exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Kenya has recorded more than 36,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 600 fatalities.

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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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