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Senegal Opposition Leader Calls For Larger Protests

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Senegal Opposition Leader Calls For Larger Protests

Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko has called for more protests against president Macky Sall, whom he accused of being behind the rape charges he’s now facing. Sonko was freed from detention on Monday, he is accused of assaulting a woman who worked in a beauty salon.

Sonko was addressing supporters hours after being released on bail following the most violent unrest Senegal has seen in years. He urged protesters to come out massively and peacefully.

Sonko said the demonstrations should be larger but also peaceful and lead to change in the presidential election due in three years.

There are concerns the current president Macky Sall may seek a third term in office. The incumbent has appealed for calm in an address to the nation.

At least five persons were killed last week in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters, who allege that the rape charge is designed to smear Sonko.

The clashes had abated by Saturday, but calls from the opposition to take to the streets fed concerns the violence could escalate.

Schools in the capital have been ordered closed for a week.  Senegal’s neighbours and the united nations have expressed concerns about political tensions in the country and called for calm.

Religious leaders in the majority-Muslim nation of 16 million people also called for peace over the weekend.

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Thousands Facing Hunger Over Mozambique Crisis – UN

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The United Nations says thousands of people are facing hunger as a result of the crisis in Mozambique. Several days of attacks in Palma last month were targeted at foreign workers and expatriates. Reports say the attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee.  Jihadists killed dozens of people in the five-day assault. At least 50,000 have been displaced – some to remote areas.

UN World Food Programme says the crisis in northern Mozambique is adding to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. The agency says close to a million persons affected by the conflict in northern Mozambique are facing severe hunger, many lacking proper shelter.  The agency says malnutrition among children is also on the rise.

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Nigeria Heightens Security On Border With Chad

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Nigeria’s minister of defence Bashir Magashi says the country has heightened security on its border with chad following president Idris Deby’s killing by rebels.

The minister says this is because of external threats that would come from the influx of refugees. Magashi says only Nigerians living in Chad will be allowed back into the country.

Nigeria borders Chad in the north-east where Boko Haram militants have been active recently. Chadian soldiers have been part of the troops battling insecurity in west Africa.

Chad is seen as an important country to the international efforts to combat insecurity in the west African region.

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Ghana: NCA To Shut Down 49 TV Stations For Operating Without License

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Ghana has shut down what it called 49 illegal television stations. The National Communications Authority says broadcasting by too many stations would affect signals. Authorities say the TV stations were being shut down because they were unlicensed. They say the action will ensure efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.

At least 146 TV channels are currently authorized to operate.

The process of shutting down unlicensed stations is being done in collaboration with the police and intelligence agents.

The NCA says it continuously monitors satellite free-to-air television platforms.

More than 50 radio stations were shut down in a similar exercise in 2017.

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