African Union urges civilians and soldiers to share power in Chad

N’DJAMENA, May 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The African Union called for civilian and military leaders in Chad to share power until elections can be organised following the death of President Idriss Deby and subsequent military takeover last month. While the AU repeated its earlier calls for a civilian-led transition to elections after 18 months, it said the military officers that seized power, led by Deby’s son Mahamat, could continue to oversee security matters. In a statement, the AU’s Peace and Security Council “underscored the imperative of an inclusive and consensual transition…

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Covid-19: Africa has much higher mortality rate for very ill patients – study

CAPE TOWN (South Africa), May 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Seriously ill Covid-19 patients in African countries are more likely to die than those on other continents, which could be because of a lack of critical care equipment, a study published Friday said. Africa’s populations have so far been less badly hit by the pandemic than other regions when it comes to total number of cases and deaths — but the authors suggest the mortality rate of those who do get sick could be even higher than their figures suggest because of…

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