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Chad’s president Deby seeking sixth term amid boycotts of poll

N’Djamena, April 12, (dpa/GNA) – As polls closed in Chad on Sunday, the ruling party and opposition parties were divided on the question of voter turnout and what it means for the outcome of the election. Opposition parties claimed their calls to boycott the vote had proven successful. “Nowhere in the whole country were there any queue of voters waiting, …

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Germany: Reports say business confidence building back post-COVID

Reports say the confidence of German businesses are building back a year on post-COVID-19 pandemic which has brought untold economic pressure to Europe and the world over. Germany, which is touted as Europe’s largest economy is seeking to ensure that the virus doesn’t escalate further. The Munich-based Ifo institute said on Friday its closely-watched business climate index jumped to a …

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Poland records highest COVID infections three days running

Poland has revealed that it has recorded 35,143 new coronavirus cases on Friday, marking the third daily record of new cases in as many days. This data is coming from the Polish Health Ministry which revealed that another 443 fatalities were reported, bringing the overall death toll to 51,305. Nearly 27,800 people are now being treated for Covid-19 in Polish …

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Uganda polls: Museveni dismisses rigging claims

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed claims that the just-concluded presidential elections, in which he won a sixth term in office, was rigged in his favour. He warned the opposition that any attempt to disrupt social order will be dealt with decisively. In a speech that had no kind words for western nations, foreign media an unnamed neighbour and Ugandan …

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‘I saw that the system was unjust’ – Meet the woman freeing slaves in Mauritania

Slavery is a historical practice in Mauritania. It was only abolished in 1981. Currently, more than two in every 100 people — 90,000 in total – live as slaves, said the 2018 Global Slavery Index. For a long time, authorities in Mauritania have denied the presence of modern slavery in the West African country. But activists say that members of …

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Human Rights Reporters Ghana condemn security brutalities in Nigeria

The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) has condemned in no uncertain terms the alleged reports of wanton human rights violations rearing ugly heads in Nigeria in recent times involving the violent attacks, torture, shootings and killings of civilians exercising their democratic rights in the #EndSars and #EndPolicebrutality protests across the country by the security forces. According to HRRG, several reports …

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ECOWAS affirms election of Guinea-Bissau president

Months after Guinea-Bissau’s disputed presidential election, leaders in the West Africa bloc, ECOWAS, have acknowledged the victory of Umaro Sissoco Embalo. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Economic Community of West African States said the decision followed “a thorough analysis of the political situation in the country.” The development signifies a diplomatic victory for Sissoco Embalo, who had organized …

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Lockdown continues as long as necessary – Buhari

In the clearest indication yet that the two-week lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on March 29 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic may be headed for extension, President Muhammadu Buhari, saturday, said the movement restrictions would last as long as necessary, particularly, as he would be relying on experts’ advice on the …

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Women are most adversely impacted by coronavirus – U.N. calls for action

The United Nations has called for specific action for women on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. It urged governments to take action for women who make up about 70% of staff of health and social services, adding that the stress and mental burden they often face at home requires specific action. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women …

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Coronavirus: Zimbabwean broadcaster Zororo Makamba died ‘alone and scared’

Cooped up in an isolation ward, a young Zimbabwean man who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, pleaded with his family for help. Thirty-year-old Zororo Makamba was “alone and scared”, according to his older brother who spoke to Zimbabwe’s privately owned Daily News newspaper. Makamba was being treated in the Wilkins Hospital, designated as the main isolation facility for coronavirus patients …

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