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French, Ivorian Leaders Meet Amid Poll Row

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French, Ivorian Leaders Meet Amid Poll Row

French president Emmanuel Macron is due to meet with Ivory Coast leader, Alassane Ouattara, today, Friday in Paris over Outtara`s re-election bid and his third term agenda that has been described by opposition as unconstitutional.

Ouattara had initially ruled out running for re-election but then changed his mind. His decision to run for a third term in October’s election has sparked tension and protests in the country.

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Macron has repeatedly said he wants to break from the past in which France often seemed to call the shots in its former colonies and said it was time for older generations to hand over to Africa’s younger politicians.

In march, macron had welcomed 78-year-old Ouattara’s initial decision not to run again, calling him a “man of his word.”  Outtara nominated prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, as the preferred successor, but Coulibaly later suddenly died. This led to the Ivory Coast leader’s decision to contest in the poll. Macron and his government have yet to react publicly.

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Tensions have been mounting in recent weeks with some clashes taking place between police and protesters since Ouattara announced his decision.

A French diplomatic source said, “France’s primary concern is that this election takes place impartially in a calm climate and with all the country’s political forces.

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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Uganda 'To Begin Human Trials' Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.

The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.

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Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.

According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.

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She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

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WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief

Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.

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South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.

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A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.

WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.

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World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.

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