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Speaker warns against planned demo during coffee debate

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has warned legislators against staging protests ahead of the debate on the controversial coffee agreement. According to Among, she will not hesitate to stop the debate should any legislator demonstrate during the discussion of the report prepared by …

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Thousands protest in Turkey against cost of living

Diyarbakir, Turkey | AFP |  Thousands of people turned out to protest the rising cost of living in Turkey at a demonstration in Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country, an AFP journalist reported. There was a significant police presence in the Kurd-majority region for the march, which was organised …

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Madagascar army calls for end to political crisis

Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Madagascar’s defence minister has appealed to warring political parties to reach an agreement, as anti-government protests in the capital continued for a twelth day. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina has refused to yield to opposition demands that he resign, seven months ahead of a general election. The opposition …

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Madagascar’s president rules out resignation despite protests

Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Sunday refused to yield to opposition demands that he resign from office, following eight days of anti-government protests in the capital. “I am president by the will of the Malagasy people. There are millions of people who voted for me, it …

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Mass rally in Niger to back 2018 budget

Niamey, Niger | AFP | Tens of thousands of supporters of Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou marched in the capital Niamey on Sunday after a number of opposition protests against the 2018 budget, which they say favours big business. Wearing t-shirts and brandishing banners in the colours of the ruling party, …

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Day of protest flops but DR Congo opposition to fight on

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | A day of protest in Democratic Republic of Congo drew a small turnout Tuesday but the opposition vowed to pursue its campaign to unseat President Joseph Kabila over long-delayed polls. Rallies were held in several cities but were attended by only a few dozen …

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Turnout low in DR Congo’s day of protest

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | A day of protest in Democratic Republic of Congo drew only a small turnout on Tuesday, dealing a blow to opposition hopes of unseating President Joseph Kabila over delayed elections. Rallies were held in several cities but were attended by only a few dozen …

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DR Congo bans marches over delayed polls

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday banned rallies due this week in the capital Kinshasa over the extended rule of President Joseph Kabila despite global concern over a crackdown. Mineral-rich but chronically poor, politically unstable and saddled with a reputation for entrenched corruption, DR …

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Sudan journalists oppose new law curbing media freedom

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Dozens of Sudanese journalists on Wednesday demonstrated in Khartoum against a proposed new press law that aims to tighten restrictions on media freedom in the African country. “United Against the New Law” and “Free Press or No Press,” read banners held up by demonstrators who say …

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