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Bongo victory approved by Gabon election commission

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  abon’s election commission (Cenap) on Wednesday approved President Ali Bongo’s re-election over challenger Jean Ping, several members said. The official announcement is to be made by the interior minister in a nationwide television address to be broadcast shortly. Bongo, 57, was running for a second …

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Bongo needs 95.5% in Haute Province to edge Ping 49.9% to 48.2%

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Tensions ran high as Gabon’s presidential vote entered a final stretch Wednesday, with the nation awaiting official results in an election both the incumbent Ali Bongo and his main rival claimed to have won. The oil-rich country’s interior minister is due to announce the official …

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Gabon on edge as it waits for election results

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |    Security forces deployed on the deserted streets of Libreville Tuesday as Gabon awaited official results of the weekend presidential election that both the incumbent Ali Bongo and his main rival already claim to have won. The interior minister said he would announce official results …

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South Sudan court martials 60 soldiers

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Sixty South Sudanese soldiers have been tried before a court martial for alleged crimes committed during last month’s fighting in the capital Juba, the army spokesman said Monday. Brigadier-General Lul Ruai Koang told AFP they include looting, murder, shooting and loitering with at least two …

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Gabon’s Ali Bongo vows to ‘calmly’ await election results

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Gabon’s President Ali Bongo said Sunday that he is “calmly” waiting for the result of the country’s presidential election to be published, after his rival Jean Ping claimed victory following Saturday’s vote. “We respect the law… so we are waiting calmly for Cenap (the national …

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Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Japan will pour $30 billion of investments into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday at a summit in Nairobi. Abe is using the conference to meet dozens of leaders from across Africa, among them Kenya’s President …

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Africa should have permanent seat at Security Council – Japan

Nairobi, KENYA | PPU The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) has opened in Nairobi, Kenya with a call by the Japanese Prime Minister Chinzo Abe for Africa to be given a permanent slot on the United Nations Security Council. Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Kenyatta International Conference …

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Machar discharged from Khartoum hospital: aides

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar has been discharged from hospital in Khartoum after being treated for a swollen leg, his aides told AFP on Friday. Machar was replaced by Taban Deng Gai as South Sudan’s first vice president after hundreds of people died …

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