Covid-19: Africa’s confirmed cases pass 1.77 mln mark

ADDIS ABABA, The number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,773,351, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 42,630 as of Saturday afternoon. A total of 1,449,216 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the Africa CDC said. The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia…

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Algeria Votes on New Constitution Promising New Freedoms

ALGIERS, ALGERIA – Algerians were voting Sunday on whether to approve a revised constitution that imposes term limits, promises new freedoms and aims at answering demands from pro-democracy protesters who pushed out their long-serving, autocratic president last year. However, opponents of the constitution were barred from campaign venues or from expressing their views on public television or radio, so they are calling for a boycott. The referendum is taking place symbolically on the 68th anniversary of the beginning of Algeria’s war for independence from France. Pro-democracy activists say the revised…

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Tanzania’s Magufuli Wins Landslide Re-election

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzanian President John Magufuli has officially won a second term, with a landslide victory of more than 84% of the vote in this week’s election. His main opponent, Tundu Lissu, earned 13% of the vote, according to the official count. Tanzania’s citizens have accepted the results. Announcing the votes Friday in Dar es Salaam, the chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, Semistocles Kaijage, said 15 million of 29 million registered voters went to the polls. Dar es Salaam resident Juma Mfaume, a 36-year-old bus driver and…

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Nigerian Still in Line to Lead World Trade Organization, Despite US Opposition

ABUJA – Nigerians have expressed confidence that the country’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, will still become the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, despite opposition from the United States. The 66-year-old has secured strong backing to become the WTO’s director general, but the U.S. this week put its support behind a South Korean candidate. The race to succeed Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo as chief of the WTO took an unexpected turn Wednesday when the United States rejected Nigeria’s candidate, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Okonjo-Iweala has gathered support…

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