President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has assured that he will not be a candidate for his own succession during the next presidential elections scheduled in 2019 as required by the Constitution. The Mauritanian Constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two. There are some who also call for the limitation of the presidential terms. In that case, he would become the Prime Minister of a president he would have “chosen”, like Russian president Vladimir Putin alternating with his Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. Elected in 2009 and reelected in 2014, Ould Abdel Aziz will complete his second term in 2019.
November 22, 2018 14:15 UTC
Algeria has been slammed for summary expulsions of more than 37,000 migrants in the desert border with Niger between 2014 and 2018. Algeria’s interior ministry confirmed the figure but claimed that the abandoned migrants were displaced to the border by virtue of an agreement with Niger’s authorities. Human rights groups however hold Algeria responsible for using bilateral repatriation agreements with Niger to deport all Sub-Saharan nationals in its territories. Earlier in May, dozens of Sub-Saharan migrants have died in abhorrent conditions on the Algeria-Niger borders as Algiers continues summary expulsions, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. The summary expulsions and ill treatment of migrants triggered protests by Niger and other Sub-Saharan countries such as Guinea who denounced the human rights violations endured by migrants in Algeria.
November 22, 2018 12:56 UTC
Libya’s oilfield sub-station Sharara was attacked by a group of gunmen, said on Thursday the National Oil Corporation (NOC), noting that one was killed in the attack. NOC also called for the support of local and national stakeholders to secure oil sector facilities and staff, underlining the need for a unified national security apparatus. As OPEC members weigh oil production cuts in early 2019 to keep prices from falling amid a potential oversupply, Libya, like Nigeria, hopes for an exemption because of soaring violence. The GNA is Libya’s internationally-recognized government while Haftar’s government is supported by some Arab countries and a number of militia groups. Last week, the Italian government organized in Palermo an international conference to advance the UN-sponsored stabilization process for Libya.
November 22, 2018 12:33 UTC
Thierry Bollore who was appointed Renault’s interim leader after the arrest of the company’s chairman in Japan reassured Moroccan suppliers about the stability of the groups activity. Bollore stressed in a message to Renault suppliers across the globe including Morocco that Renault will maintain its industrial and commercial activities steady in this period. Ghosn stands accused of under-reporting income of about $44m and misusing company funds at Nissan. As well as being Chairman of Renault, Ghosn is also Chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi. Renault operates two production plants in Morocco in Tangier and Casablanca.
November 22, 2018 12:22 UTC
After its failure to host the 2026 FIFA world Cup, Morocco is now discussing the opportunity to apply for a joint bid with Spain and Portugal to host the 2026 edition. “I made the proposal – first to the government then King Mohammed VI – to launch a joint bid to organize the 2030 FIFA World Cup between Morocco, Spain and Portugal “, said Spanish prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in his visit this week to Rabat. While Morocco and Portugal have never organised the FIFA World Cup, Spain hosted this flagship competition once in 1982. This possible joint bid will for sure face other competitive bids as in the case of Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay. Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid to organize the competition, along with the United Kingdom -Ireland.
November 22, 2018 11:37 UTC
The President of the Ave Council of Chiefs, Togbe Nyamekor Glakpe V, has advised government and proponents of the creation of the Oti Region out of the Volta Region to organise a familiarisation tour of the area for those who have been opposing the move. According to him, a good tour of the area would convince the people opposing the creation of Oti to have a change of mind and fully support the decision. He explained that most of the people who are against the Oti Region, including a good number of chiefs in the southern part of the region, have neither lived in the area nor experienced the hardships the people in the area are going through hence their strong opposition. According to them, they see nothing wrong with the creation and hence fully support it because it will bring development to the people. To this end, just as the Oti people did not oppose the creation of Akatsi North District, no one should oppose the creation of Oti.
November 22, 2018 11:03 UTC
Kojo Oppong NkrumahThe Government of Ghana is set to access the first tranche of the $2 billion Sinohydro infrastructure-for-bauxite facility. ProjectsThe Master Project Support Agreement between the Government of Ghana and Sinohydro of China was reached in 2017. List of RoadsAccording to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, under phase one of the Sinohydro deal, 84 kilometre Accra inner city roads, 100km Kumasi inner city roads, Tamale Interchange project, PTC Roundabout Interchange Project in Takoradi and 14km Adenta-Dodowa dual carriageway would be undertaken. Some selected feeder roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions, according to the Minister, include a 7.2km Achiase- Wansamere – Awisasu junction. Feeder roads; 4km Mpasatia-Town roads; 4.5km Nyinahin-Adupri feeder road; Nyinahin – Sereso, Timpon–Achiase junction feeder road, 29.7km; 4.1km Nyinahin town roads; 1.5km Nyinahin Market junction -Pentecost Church feeder road; 14km Nyinahin-Kyekyewere feeder road; 3km Kessekrom-Adiembra feeder road.
November 22, 2018 09:56 UTC
Mr. Jalal Imani, Africa Director of the Moroccan National Tourism Office, has called for collaboration between the country and Nigeria to promote tourism within Africa. According to Imani, such collaboration, besides its economic benefits, will promote regional peace and unity, transfer of cultural heritage and further boost bilateral relations between the two countries. He noted that while many African tourists were seeking holiday destinations outside the sores of Africa, tourists were coming from Europe, America and other parts of the world to experience African tourism in Morocco. He therefore urged that travel barriers among Africa countries should be eased and intra-Africa flights created. “The first step is to create direct flights among countries, which morocco is committed to doing, with 34 African countries already linked to morocco,including lagos Nigeria,” he said.
November 22, 2018 09:22 UTC
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November 22, 2018 09:22 UTC
How Conde is using the AU to extend his networksThough it may raise Alpha Conde's international profile, the chief interest of holding the presidency of the African Union (AU) for the Guinean president is that he can strengthen relations with China and the United States, and indeed develop new [...]
November 22, 2018 06:00 UTC
The Ivory Coast striker, 40, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games and winning four Premier Leagues and the 2012 Champions League. He scored 65 times in 105 caps for the Ivory Coast, playing in three World Cups and being named African Footballer of the Year twice. “The idea of leaving Ivory Coast when I was six came when my uncle and his wife came to Ivory Coast and she was playing with me and I got close to her. “I was excited to leave Ivory Coast and go to France until I got to the airport. “When I decided to play for Ivory Coast I didn’t know I would one day captain the team and lead them to three World Cups tournaments.
November 21, 2018 22:41 UTC
The Nigerian Army has resolved to collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service for optimal performance. He stated that the fight against insurgency is not the sole responsibility of one service alone since the war is multidimensional and dynamic in nature. The Acting GOC, urged the participants to make use of the information provided during the study tour in the production of good research work that will enhance the optimal performance of personnel deployed within the theatre. He emphasized that, the Customs-Army collaboration has yielded positive results in the performance of command duties and responsibilities of the pioneer custom officers of the college. Highlights of the visit include, inspection of Quarter Guard by the Deputy Commandant of the College, operational brief among others.
November 06, 2018 16:41 UTC
Dr. Claudine Uwera, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Economic Planning, has advised Nigeria to prioritize gender equality and be more citizen-focused in governance to ensure sustainable development. She said that gender equality, home-grown innovations, and solutions, good governance as well as visionary leadership were key to the success of Rwanda. “Rwanda is the best country to study and learn from, considering the genocide the country experienced in 1994,” she said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) delegation also visited Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, where it understudied its health sector in order to rebuild the health system in North-Eastern Nigeria. He said the vision was in line with the vision 2050, adding that the health sector had been decentralized from national to the district levels.
November 06, 2018 16:07 UTC
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, in power for almost 36 years, was sworn into office for seven more years on Tuesday, after winning October’s election in a landslide. During his inaugural speech, Biya acknowledged the “frustrations’’ of people in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions, who feel marginalized in the otherwise French-speaking country. Biya was declared the winner of the presidential poll with more than 71 percent of total votes cast on Oct. 22. He is a Cameroonian politician serving as the President of Cameroon since Nov. 6, 1982. Biya has maintained Cameroon’s close relationship with France, one of Cameroon’s former colonial ruler besides the United Kingdom.
November 06, 2018 15:56 UTC