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Official of Ghana’s main opposition party faces treason charges over ‘civilian coup’ comment

The Deputy General Secretary of Ghana’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been slapped with a treason charge, following his comments on a local radio station. Koku Anyidoho was arrested at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday which was organized by a group of opposition parties protesting a Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement. His arrest drew large crowds of party supporters and sympathizers who thronged the Police Headquarters in Accra on Tuesday, demanding his release. Mr….

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High Court convicts Kenyan minister, heads of police and immigration over Miguna deportation

  A Kenyan high court judge found the Interior Minister and the police chief guilty of contempt on Wednesday and told them to appear for sentencing because they failed to obey a court order to release a detained opposition politician. Late on Wednesday evening, Kenyan authorities deported opposition politician Miguna Miguna on an Emirates flight, his lawyer Cliff Ombeta said, two days after police detained him on his return to the country. This is the second time the vocal…

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Egypt 2018 polls: Sisi on course for big election win, vote counting underway

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on course for a landslide election victory although there was little sign he had achieved the high turnout he sought, according to early estimates after polls closed in a three-day election. Some voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots. But with some private television stations reporting that he could achieve a vote share of 95 percent or more, Sisi issued a defiant statement expressing pride at the…

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Rebels say Machar’s relocation to another country unacceptable

South Sudanese rebels warned the region that they will never accept their leader relocates to another country after his release from house arrest in South Africa. The East African bloc IGAD on Monday said South Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar will be released from house arrest as soon as possible on condition he renounces violence. The region also said Machar, who has been in forced confinement in South Africa since 2016, should be relocated to any country outside the…

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Suicides rise as years-long war grinds down South Sudanese

  By the time her 19-year-old son was shot in front of her, Ayak had already lost her four brothers and witnessed countless deaths in South Sudan’s brutal war. Living alone in a miserable structure of plastic sheets and tin in a huge camp for displaced people, watching as relentless rains turned earth to mud, it all became too much to bear for the 44 year-old. “I have seen it all. When I thought about the lives of my…

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US declares South Sudan situation a national security threat

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on Tuesday signed executive order to deal with the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, saying the raging civil war poses a threat to US national security and foreign policy. In the order, Trump decided to extend US national emergency of April 2014 beyond April 2018 so that the US can deal with the youngest country’s problems. The Trump administration said the situation in South Sudan has been marked by activities…

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RPT-South Sudan suspends Vivacell’s mobile network over unpaid licence fee

South Sudan shut down mobile operator Vivacell’s service overnight, demanding $66 million in license fees and locking out 900,000 subscribers. Vivacell, which is owned by Lebanon’s Fattouch Investment Group, is one of three mobile phone operators in South Sudan – competing with South Africa’s MTN and Kuwait’s Zain . Last week, the government gave the company seven days to comply with unspecified rules and regulations and pay its license fee or its operations would be shut down.  “They have…

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South Sudan’s Kiir under siege over civil war, economic flop

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is a man under siege as the country’s economy teeters on the brink of collapse while civil war rages. On the domestic front, he is facing defiance from some of his ministers and military personnel, forcing him to sack a number of them. Since the beginning of the year, President Kiir has sacked ministers, governors, top army and police officers. Internationally, the United States and the European Union are piling even more pressure on…

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Sanctions on South Sudan’s Oil Companies

The United States Department of Commerce has imposed licensing requirements on 15 of South Sudan’s oil-linked entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. In an effort to limit resources that fuel the civil war in South Sudan, the United States Department of Commerce has imposed licensing requirements on 15 of the country’s oil-linked entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. This means that all exports, re-exports, and transfers to…

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IGAD says willing to relocate South Sudan’s Machar

In its 61st Extra-Ordinary Session in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the Council of Ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) issued a communique, saying the East African regional bloc has decided to lift the house arrest of South Sudanese rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar and relocate him to any country outside the East African region. The document seen by media houses appears to be an offer to the armed opposition leader to be transferred from South Africa to another…

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