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President Akufo-Addo (R) shakes hands with a member of the Togolese delegation (back to camera).

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An issue that was raised by the Coalition of 14 Opposition Parties, on the return to the plenary, was the need for the state to hold on to planned local and parliamentary elections, and referendum until the dialogue had considered and taken decisions on the Electoral and Institutional Reforms contained in the Rules of Procedure.

The Togolese Government and the Coalition of 14 Opposition political parties have agreed to implement a number of measures aimed at building trust and confidence amongst the political actors in Togo.

The event will encourage dialogue on how to strategize and mobilise valuable African resources that are critical to shaping the continent’s emerging economies

Unlocking Africa’s economic potential by increasing trade, collaboration and philanthropy within the commonwealth will be at the forefront of conversations at next month’s Commonwealth Africa Summit in London.

‘DEAL 2018’ trade show in Dubai set to propel the African leisure and amusement industries

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Upcoming retail clusters and high demand for family entertainment concepts will drive the industry to the next level.

'DEAL 2018' is the largest show in the amusement industry that is held closer to the African region. The show aims to provide an effective platform for the stakeholders within the African leisure, entertainment and amusement sector, as per International Expo Consults, the organisers of the show. Recent developments in the countries within the African continent have created the necessary demand for the leisure amusement industry operators.

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivers his State of the Nation address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2018.

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He was sworn into office on Thursday, a day after Zuma was forced to resign after his ruling African National Congress finally turned against his turbulent presidency.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed a "new dawn" for the country Friday and promised to fight corruption following the resignation of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who was plagued by corruption scandals.

File image: President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015 with a promise to improve security for ordinary Nigerians.

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Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said Saturday.

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana (R) exchanges pleasantries with former Nigerian President General Yakubu Gowan (L). Image credit - presidencygovgh

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He bemoaned the fact that African youths “brave the Sahara desert on foot, and, those who survive the ravages of the desert, risk being sold in slave markets in Libya, or risk journeys across the Mediterranean sea on rickety boats, all in the forlorn hope of a better life in Europe, in countries and amongst people where they are obviously not welcome.”

Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the urgent responsibility facing leaders on the continent is to make Africa attractive so African youths see the continent as a place of opportunities.

File image: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Ethiopia has been going through political unrest since a wave of anti-government protests in 2016, mainly in the southern Oromia region, prompted officials to declare a state of emergency.

 Ethiopia's prime minister has announced he will resign, in what he says is an effort to advance reforms aimed at easing the country's political unrest.

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa addresses MPs after being elected president in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 15, 2018.

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Ramaphosa faces numerous challenges, among them rebuilding the nation's stagnating economy. The rand, South Africa's currency, rose against the dollar to its strongest point in three years in reaction to Zuma's resignation.

South Africa's parliament formally chose Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president Thursday.

Cyril Ramaphosa: The man set to become South Africa's new leader

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During his business career, Ramaphosa held stakes in McDonald's and Coca-Cola's local ventures and made millions in deals that required investors to partner with non-white shareholders. He became one of the richest men on the continent -- reaching number 42 on the Forbes list of Africa's wealthiest people in 2015 with a net worth of $450 million (383 million euros).

Cyril Ramaphosa's long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire -- and is now likely to become president of South Africa. After South Africa dismantled apartheid, Ramaphosa saw his hopes for the country's top job apparently dashed.

Bowing to ANC party pressure, South African President Jacob Zuma resigns

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Zuma's own tenure has been marred by numerous corruption scandals and the party wants him to end his second five-year term early so that it can shore up support ahead of 2019 elections.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday effective immediately, bowing to pressure from the ruling ANC party as it pushed for a no-confidence vote on his beleaguered leadership.
Speaking during a 30-minute national televised address, Zuma said that he had "come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect".

Oxfam faces new sex abuse allegations in South Sudan

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"There was one of a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced to have sex in exchange for aid, and another one where it had come to our attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn't disclosed that," she said.

Scandal-hit British charity Oxfam was reeling Tuesday after fresh claims of sexual assault and cover-up in South Sudan, as Haiti's president condemned the behaviour of some of its staff in his country as "undignified and dishonest".

Puis Utomi Ekpei, AFP | Immigration officers walk on a suspension bridge built in 1948 that connects Nigeria with Cameroon at Mfum border station in Cross Rivers State, southeast Nigeria on February 1, 2018.

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Biya, 84, who has held power since 1982, on Saturday called on young Cameroonians to be “patriotic internet users” and said the situation in the anglophone areas had improved after “troubles which sometimes sparked acts of violence.”

Cameroon imposed a week-long night curfew from Saturday in its restive English-speaking west citing fears of an “imminent” attack by separatists but long-serving President Paul Biya claimed the volatile situation had “stabilised”.

End game nears for South Africa's Jacob Zuma

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Zuma, in power since 2009 and beset by corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since Deputy President Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December. Ramaphosa has talked of a transition of power since he took over as leader of the ANC.

African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he is holding direct talks with Jacob Zuma over a transition of power, in the strongest indication to date the South African president will step down after years of scandal.

FILE - Lawyers Miguna Miguna, right, and Tom "T.J." Kajwang attend a mock "swearing-in" ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

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Miguna was arrested last Friday at his home in Runda. On Tuesday, Kenyan authorities forced Miguna onto a late-night KLM flight from Nairobi to Toronto via Amsterdam. His removal flouted a Kenyan high court's order that Miguna be presented to a Nairobi judge on Wednesday, five days after his arrest.

A Kenyan attorney deported to Canada this week on charges of treason is challenging his removal in court, seeking a return to the African nation while insisting that its rightful leader is opposition figure Raila Odinga and not President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ecobank Foundation commits US$ 750,000 to help eradicate malaria in Mozambique

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The financial contribution will support a net distribution campaign, while also providing life-saving testing and treatments.

As part of its partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Ecobank Foundation is donating US$ 750,000 to the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to help combat malaria in the country. The financial contribution will support a net distribution campaign, while also providing life-saving testing and treatments.

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila addresses a news conference at the State House in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Jan. 26, 2018.

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Joseph Kabila assumed the presidency in January 2001, days after the assassination of his father Laurent Kabila. He was elected president in his own right in 2006, and re-elected to a second term in 2011.

A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo says President Joseph Kabila intends to respect the constitution and relinquish power after elections scheduled for December.

Raila Odinga sworn in as the people's president at Uhuru Park Grounds on January 30, 2018. Image credit: Citizen Digital.

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"Today's step is one step towards the doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in our country." The symbolic "swearing in" ceremony took place three months after he boycotted a presidential election re-run.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has taken an unofficial oath to be "sworn in" as the nation's people's president.

Odinga took his oath on Tuesday afternoon, cheered on by thousands of supporters who had gathered in Nairobi's Uhuru Park.

President Akufo-Addo (M) with several members at the gathering. Photo credit - presidencygovgh

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With Africa having overcome several trials and tribulations, such as slavery, imperialism, colonialism, tyranny, and dictatorship, the President indicated that the African peoples continue to chalk significant successes in advancing the promotion and respect for human rights in their governance.

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 29th January, 2018, launched the 70th anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a call on all to ensure that the fight for the protection and respect for human rights remains a constant one.

“Ratify 2003 Maputo Protocol” – President Akufo-Addo Appeals To 17 AU Member States

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“We do ourselves and future generations a great disservice if we leave women out of the agenda for development,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo has urged the 17 member states of the African Union, to ratify the 2003 Maputo Protocol, which is the “Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.”

CRU and OCP to bring over 500 global fertilizer leaders to Marrakesh to explore market dynamics and technical innovation at the Phosphates 2018 conference

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Registered attendees will have the chance to see the phosphate and fertilizer production first hand by visiting OCP’s Khouribga mining site

CRU is bringing Phosphates 2018 the global phosphates industry’s most important conference, to the Mövenpick Mansour Eddahbi Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco on 12-14 March 2018. The event is organised in participation with International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and will be hosted by OCP, Morocco’s national phosphate company.

African Heads of State Endorse New Measurement of Progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Reaffirming Commitment to Health Equity

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“My government is determined to make sure we can take ‘neglected’ out of these diseases,” said His Excellency, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn. “Improving the health, education and productivity of our poorest citizens by eliminating NTDs can put Africa on the path to prosperity and universal health coverage.

Today, at the 30th African Union Heads of State Summit, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) added neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to its annual scorecard on disease progress. The scorecard is personally reviewed by African heads of state every year, putting NTDs alongside malaria and maternal and child health as top health priorities for the continent.

Trump letter to African leaders: Tillerson to make 1st visit

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President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he "deeply respects" the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an "extended visit" to the continent in March, his first in that role.

AFP file image - Malian soldiers patrol near Timbuktu on June 3, 2015.

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But despite the presence of a U.N. peacekeeping mission and troops operating under a regional French anti-militant mission, violence is again on the rise and attacks are spreading further south towards the capital, Bamako.

Unidentified gunmen on Saturday killed at least 14 soldiers in central Mali, an area targeted by a growing wave of attacks by Islamist militants, when they overran a military camp early on Saturday, two army officers said.

President George Manneh Weah delivering his inaugural address at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex – January 22, 2018

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“He grew up in a slum community. Anything is possible. Don't never look down upon yourself. Once you have confidence, trust yourself and you can make it,” Odalfus Wesseh said days before his uncle’s inauguration.

Former international football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's new president on Monday, in the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.
Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spent 12 years at the helm, steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war.

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