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Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon’s president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country. He pledged to ensure “equal opportunities” for all and to push through a 2025 programme …

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Malian jihadist jailed for 9 years for Timbuktu attacks

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | War crimes judges Tuesday found a Malian jihadist guilty of destroying Timbuktu’s fabled shrines, and were set to pass sentence amid hopes the court will send a strong message to help safeguard the world’s ancient monuments. A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements …

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Ali Bongo to be sworn in as Gabon president today

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Ali Bongo will be sworn in on Tuesday as Gabon’s president for a second seven-year term, his office announced, three days after his election victory was controversially validated by the constitutional court. The ceremony will be held at the seafront presidential palace in Libreville, the …

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Somalia delays elections one more month

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Troubled Somalia on Monday announced it was delaying its elections for one more month to October and November due to security issues and administrative problems. Somalia’s internationally-backed government was supposed to hold national elections this year but instead scheduled a limited franchise election in which …

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Kagame ready to lead Africa on SDGs

President Paul Kagame on Sept. 20, while speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, appealed to fellow leaders to foster inclusive growth and prosperity of all citizens. Kagame was chairing the 3rd board meeting for the SDG Center for Africa when he made the remarks, …

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EU says Gabon court failed to address poll ‘anomalies’

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | EU monitors said Sunday that Gabon’s top court had failed to rectify vote-counting “anomalies” in fiercely-disputed elections in which President Ali Bongo extended his family’s rule in the oil-rich nation into a fifth decade. The European Union’s electoral observer mission said it “regretted” that Gabon’s …

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