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Gabon Blocks European Travellers After EU ‘Safe List’ Snub

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Gabon Blocks European Travellers After EU 'Safe List' Snub

Gabon’s government has said on Wednesday European tourists and business travellers would not be granted visas as retaliation for being placed on the list of countries banned from visiting Europen Union countries.

The European Union re-opened its borders on Wednesday to leisure and business travel from 14 non-European countries based on their success in containing the coronavirus. The list was approved by a majority of European Union member states on Tuesday.

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In response to its exclusion, Gabon’s foreign ministry instructed diplomatic missions to deny tourist visas to citizens of E.U. member states when Gabon’s air borders re-opened on Wednesday.

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Gabonese foreign affairs ministry said it had applied “the principle of reciprocity.

Gabon has recorded nearly five and a half thousand covid-19 cases, including 42 deaths, one of the higher rates in central Africa. The European Union has excluded countries whose containment of the virus is considered worse than its own average. The United States, Nigeria, Russia, Brazil and Turkey are on the list.

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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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Health Workers At Kenya’s Biggest Hospital Strike Over Pay

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Kenyan health workers have downed tools as they embark on a strike action in protest against delayed payment of improved salaries and allowances.

The workers are demanding the implementation of resolutions that were passed eight years ago by an advisory committee.

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One patient was reported to have died in a car at a hospital park on Monday while waiting for treatment at Kenya’s largest referral hospital.

The management of Kenyatta national hospital said the deceased, a motorbike taxi rider, arrived at the hospital in a critical state and nothing could be done to save him.

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A hospital board member, Stanley Kamau said the staff were not to blame for the incident as they had issued a strike action notice.

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