Monday 23 April 2018
(BBC News Africa 03/29/18)
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to be re-elected for a second term, partial results suggest. The state-run al-Ahram newspaper said Mr Sisi had won almost 92% of the 25 million votes counted so far. His sole challenger was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known party leader who had supported his re-election until his last-minute decision to enter the race. Other potential candidates dropped out or were arrested, prompting opposition figures to call for a boycott. Mr Sisi led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Since then, he has overseen what human rights groups say is an unprecedented crackdown on dissent that has...
(RFI 02/08/18)
A l'entrée du Pool, province voisine de Brazzaville détruite par les violences armées, uUn échantillon de mille ménages de déplacés a reçu une importante assistance apportée par l'agence américaine USAID. Au cours de la distribution, ces personnes ont surtout manifesté le désir de retourner dans leur région d'origine après l'accord de paix conclu le 23 décembre dernier. Assis sur des chaises en plastique à l'ombre d'un arbre dans la grande cour d'une paroisse catholique de Nganga Lingolo, à l'entrée du Pool, les déplacés ont reçu l'aide de l'USAID distribuée par deux agences dont Caritas Congo, dont Alain Robert Moukouri est secrétaire général : « C'est essentiel, parce que ces ménages que nous avons ciblés n'ont pas encore bénéficié de non-vivres...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/18)
The bodies of a tourist and his guide have been recovered from South Africa's Table Mountain following an accident which trapped hundreds of people at the top of the popular attraction. The man, his local guide and a second tourist are reported to have been using ropes to scale the front of the Cape Town mountain when they fell on Monday. Rescuers then used the cable car to reach the surviving climber. But the bodies were not recovered until first light on Tuesday. Africa Live: Read more on this and other stories from around the continent The tourists are understood to be of Asian origin while the guide was a South African...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/18)
Ethiopia's prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre which allegedly used torture to extract confessions. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference charges would also be dropped for those still awaiting trial. The move was designed to allow political dialogue, he said. Ethiopia is accused by human rights groups of using mass arrests and detention to stifle opposition. Are Ethiopian protests a game changer? Ethiopia PM Hailemariam Desalegn 'open to...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/18)
Zambia's foreign minister has announced his resignation in a scathing Facebook post, denouncing the country's "path of insatiable greed and shame". Henry Kalaba said his decision was prompted by the "swelling" levels of corruption "perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution". Analysts suspect the move is an attempt to pressure President Edgar Lungu, who is considering seeking a third term. There is currently a two-term limit in the Zambian constitution. Mr Lungu, who has been accused of...
(BBC News Africa 12/14/17)
Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is seeking the removal of sanctions imposed by Western countries, saying they are crippling national development. He also indicated that elections due next July could be brought forward. Speaking to governing Zanu-PF party leaders, Mr Mnangagwa said the government would do everything to make sure they were credible, free and fair. Mr Mnangagwa became president last month after Robert Mugabe was ousted. Mr Mnangagwa is expected to be endorsed on Friday as party leader and...
(Jeune Afrique 12/13/17)
Un tribunal du Caire a condamné mardi une jeune chanteuse égyptienne à deux ans de prison pour "incitation à la débauche", après son apparition dans un clip particulièrement suggestif. L’histoire a commencé par un simple clip musical. Shyma, chanteuse de 21 ans, apparaît dans le clip de sa chanson « Andy Zoroof » (« J’ai des problèmes »), en multipliant les postures lascives dans ce qui semble être une salle de classe. Elle est ensuite arrêtée le 18 novembre après...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern DR Congo, plaintiffs said on Tuesday. Eighteen men, including provincial lawmaker Frederic Batumike, have been on trial since November 9 in Kavumu, in the troubled eastern province of South Kivu. "The prosecution yesterday demanded punishment ranging from 20 years' jail to life for most of the accused, except for four for whom it requested acquittal," Charles...
(Le Point 12/11/17)
La justice sénégalaise a fixé au 14 décembre le début du procès pour « détournement de fonds publics » du maire de Dakar et de cinq de ses collaborateurs. C'est acté. Accusé de détournement de fonds publics et incarcéré depuis mars, élu député quatre mois plus tard, Khalifa Sall aura tout fait pour échapper au procès. Mais la justice sénégalaise en a décidé autrement. Le parquet de Dakar a fixé au jeudi 14 décembre le début du procès pour «...
(Jeune Afrique 12/05/17)
Le consortium SMB Winning, qui exploite la bauxite guinéenne, a annoncé un investissement de 3 milliards de dollars dans une raffinerie d'alumine et une ligne de chemin de fer entre les mines du corridor de Boffa et le nouveau port fluvial de Boké-Dapilon. Un an après l’inauguration du port fluvial de Boké-Dapilon, le consortium SMB-Winning, créé en 2014 par l’armateur singapourien Winning Shipping Ltd, le transporteur UMS et le producteur chinois d’aluminium handong Weiqiao, ainsi que par l’État de Guinée,...
(Jeune Afrique 11/27/17)
À Cotonou, les discussions se poursuivent autour de la facture de 200 millions d'euros que l'État réclame au principal opérateur téléphonique du pays au titre des redevances impayées de 2016 et 2017. Signe que la situation pourrait se débloquer, le ministère de l'Intérieur a décidé de surseoir à l'expulsion du directeur général de MTN. Alors que selon un arrêté émanant du ministère béninois de l’Intérieur, il devait quitter le pays au plus tard le 24 novembre, le directeur général de...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has addressed a packed stadium, vowing to serve all citizens. He said he felt "deeply humbled" to take the role. And he said he was "not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans from across the political and racial divide who have helped make this day." He paid tribute to his predecessor Robert Mugabe - to muted applause - calling him "a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader". Mr Mugabe left office dramatically this week after 37...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
A South African court has increased Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius's jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months. Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly light". Ms Steenkamp's parents were "emotional" as they watched the ruling at home on TV, a spokeswoman said. "They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace," Tania Koen told Associated Press. "But at the same time, people think this...
(BBC News Africa 11/24/17)
Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say. Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has held emergency talks with security officials to decide how to respond. What happened? Local...
(RFI 11/23/17)
African migrants in Libya have begun returning to their home countries. Côte d’Ivoire repatriated over 350 citizens from Tripoli on Wednesday, after video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves sparked global outcry. The UN says the auctions may amount to crimes against humanity. “I was shocked at seeing the footage of the CNN report, but I wasn't surprised,” Umberto Profazio, an analyst with the International Institute for Security Studies in London told RFI Tuesday. In the...
(RFI 11/23/17)
Zimbabwe's next President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to lead the country out of economic ruin, ahead of his inauguration Friday. The former Vice president returned to Harare Wednesday, after being sacked two weeks ago, in what triggered a military takeover and the end of Robert Mugabe's near four decade rule. Nicknamed the "Crocodile" for his political shrewdness, Emmerson Mnangagwa portrays himself as a free-market enthusiast. A week before military generals took over Zimbabwe, the 75-year old penned a strongly-worded critique...
(RFI 11/23/17)
France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity. "France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament. "We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using it." Macron said...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
The firing of the billionaire daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos has sent shockwaves through the country's political elite. Isabel dos Santos was sacked Wednesday from her influential post as head of state oil company Sonangol in a shake-up that has seen other members of her family axed. "This is a seminal moment for Angola," Piers Pigou, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, told RFI Thursday. "For the Dos Santos family to be challenged in this...
(RFI(EN) 11/17/17)
Zimbabwe's military on Wednesday denied it was staging a coup d'état after troops took control of key points of Harare overnight Tuesday. The move was targeting "criminals" close to President Robert Mugabe, the generals said, adding that the situation would return to "normalcy once [their] mission is completed". It was unclear n Wednesday moring who was behind the military action, RFI's correspondent Ryan Truscott said. "The catalyst seems to have been the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mngangawa last week," he...
(BBC News Africa 11/17/17)
Driving around Zimbabwe, one can hardly tell the country is in the middle of the biggest political crisis since independence. In one town, a man in his 20s invites me to his shop and tries to convince me to buy a silver necklace. "It costs $20 [£15]," he says. "But for you I can make that $15." He offers the discount rather half-heartedly. "You see, people don't want to spend money on thing like these; the economy is really doing...

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