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Ethiopia elections 2021: Five things to know

The twice-postponed polls will mark the first test of voter support for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. By Aljazeera Ethiopians vote next week in twice-delayed elections overshadowed by warnings of famine and mounting reports of atrocities in the war-hit northern region of Tigray. Some 37 million people of Ethiopia’s about 110 …

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Kenya reiterates ban on flights from Somalia over diplomatic row

The Kenyan government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reiterated the ban on flights to Somalia. It said that its move to close its airspace for all the flights from Somalia was prompted by the severance of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In a diplomatic note dated May …

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LAPSSET corridor counties to be allocated special funds: Yatani

The government will from the next financial year allocate special funds for counties along the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor to improve basic amenities in those areas. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa said there is need to ensure counties with projects of national …

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President Salva Kiir sacks South Sudan army chief Johnson Okot

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has appointed Santino Deng Wol as the country’s Chief of Defense Forces, replacing General Johnson Juma Okot . Gen. Wol was also promoted to the rank to First Lt-Gen on Saturday. This comes just 11 months after he had made similar changes to the country’s …

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Somalia leaders in blame game after talks collapse

By Abdulkadir Khalif Somalia’s top leaders are trading blame after the collapse of the much-anticipated talks meant to provide certainty on elections. The blame game ensued on Wednesday evening, dampening optimism that had been expressed earlier in the week, going into talks. Information Minister Osman Dubbe admitted there had been no …

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Ethiopia risks lengthy stalemate in war-hit Tigray: report

By AFP The war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region risks dragging on for months and even years, with both sides eyeing a military “knockout blow” that appears unrealistic, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said Friday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray in November to detain and disarm leaders …

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Somalia: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the current political situation

Somalia’s leaders need to find a compromise leading to an immediate electoral process and a peaceful transfer of power, through the implementation of the September 17 agreement. The current lack of agreement seriously delays the pace of urgently needed reforms, for the detriment of Somalia’s citizens. When individual priorities prevail …

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75,000 Ethiopians fled to Sudan in 5 months

Ethiopian refugees continue to flee to Sudan as the conflict in the northernmost region of Tigray continues to escalate. Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported that the influx had continued “despite the tightened closure of crossing points on borders between the two countries.” According to an official report by the …

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Dead End: What Kenya’s Withdrawal from the Maritime Case with Somalia Means

By Joel O. Otieno Kenya has withdrawn from the maritime border case with Somalia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), whose official public hearing began at the Court on March 15, 2021. The withdrawal has been informed by what Nairobi has described as “perceived bias and unwillingness of the …

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BREAKING! Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli is dead

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli is dead. In a televised address on Wednesday night, Tanzania vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan said that Magufuli had died of heart complications. Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute.

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