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Niger Border Closed Despite ECOWAS Sanctions Being Lifted

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Niger has not reopened its border with Benin two days after a West African bloc lifted coup-linked sanctions on the landlocked nation, including border closures, local officials said Monday. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Saturday said it was lifting sanctions imposed after last year’s military coup, including a no-fly […]

Why ECOWAS Lifted Sanctions On Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Economic Community of West African State​s (ECOWAS) says the decision to lift sanctions on Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso was based on the need to maintain regional unity and security.  Dr Omar Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission said this at the end of the extraordinary session of the Heads of […]

BREAKING: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Niger, Mali, Guinea

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has resolved to lift some sanctions on Niger Republic, Mali and Guinea.  The resolution was taken at the extraordinary summit on the peace, political and security situation in the ECOWAS sub-region in Abuja on Saturday. While the regional bloc said the political and targeted […]

Fighting Escalates in Eastern DR Congo As Many Civilian Displaced

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – UN refugee agency UNHCR says civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are once again bearing the brunt of localised violence. UNHCR, in a statement on Wednesday, said this has come amid a sharp uptick in fighting between Government forces and the M23 armed group. Fresh fighting since last week […]

Niger Will Never Return To ECOWAS, Coup Leader Vows

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The leader of the military junta in Niger, Abdourahamane Tchiani, has vowed that the country will not rejoin the Economic Community of West African States. He also vowed that none of the three Sahel nations would rejoin the ECOWAS. Tchiani stated this on Monday in an interview he granted to the RTN […]

Senegal Suspends Mobile Internet After Ban On Protest

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mobile internet access in Senegal was suspended on Tuesday for the second time this month, the communications ministry said, after authorities banned a march against the delay to February’s presidential election. President Macky Sall’s decision to push back the February 25 vote until December plunged Senegal into a crisis which has seen […]

Senegal Parliament Begins Debating Presidential Poll Delay

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Senegalese lawmakers on Monday began debating a proposal to postpone the presidential election, which was previously set for February 25, according to an AFP journalist. President Macky Sall on Saturday announced a delay to the vote hours before campaigning was set to officially begin, sparking a political crisis. Parliament is examining a […]

Airlines Will No Longer Fly French Nationals To Niger – Sources

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – French nationals will no longer be allowed to fly into Niger, airline sources said Thursday. “According to the Nigerien authorities, any passenger of French nationality is no longer authorised to enter Nigerien territory,” said an internal Air Burkina note seen by AFP. “As a consequence they will not be accepted aboard our […]

Tunisia, UN Agency Sign Deal To Boost Social Protection For Farmers

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Tunisia inked an agreement to improve social protection for Tunisia’s agricultural workers, the Tunisian Ministry of Social Affairs said. The agreement was signed in Tunis by Tunisia’s Social Affairs Minister Malek Ezzahi and Mohamed Amrani, acting representative for FAO’s subregional office for North Africa. […]

JUST IN: Joseph Boakai Sworn In As Liberian President

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Joseph Boakai was sworn in Monday as Liberia’s president after his election victory over former football star George Weah, with the challenge of tackling poverty and corruption. The 79-year-old was sworn in for a six-year term after he narrowly beat former Ballon d’Or winner Weah in November’s run-off poll with 50.64 percent […]

Former Sierra Leone President Arrives Nigeria For Medical Care After House Arrest

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has departed his country and arrived in Nigeria on Friday, January 19, 2024, for medical treatment. This development is coming weeks after Koroma was released from house arrest in his country after his alleged involvement in what authorities called a coup attempt. Koroma […]

I Won’t Run Again For President, Says Liberia’s George Weah

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Liberia’s outgoing president George Weah has said he has no plans to run for the top job again after his defeat in recent elections, local media reported Monday. Weah, 57, a former international football star, won the presidency in 2017 but lost in November polls to Joseph Boakai, who is due to […]

Cape Verde Becomes Third African Country To Eliminate Malaria

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Cape Verde has become the third African nation to be declared malaria free, even as the disease continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people on the continent, the World Health Organization said Friday. The Atlantic archipelago of about 500,000 inhabitants follows Mauritius in 1973 and Algeria in 2019. Worldwide some 43 […]

DR Congo’s Tshisekedi Awaits Confirmation Of Re-Election

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – DR Congo’s president Felix Tshisekedi was expected to be announced on Sunday as the winner of elections that opposition leaders have dismissed as a “sham”. Partial results released so far leave little doubt that Tshisekedi won the single-round presidential ballot, with the National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) saying it planned to announce […]

Sudan Crisis: Nigeria’s Prof. Ezeilo Gets Continental Assignment

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The President of the Human Rights Council, Václav Bálek (Czech Republic), has announced the appointment of Mohamed Chande Othman of Tanzania, professor Joy Ezeilo of Nigeria and Mona Rishmawi of Jordan/Switzerland to serve as the three independent members of the new Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for the Sudan. Mr. Othman will serve […]

ECOWAS Court Orders Immediate Release Of Bazoom

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Niger’s deposed president Mohamed Bazoum must be freed immediately from detention, where he has been held since a July 26 coup, the court of the West African bloc, ECOWAS, ordered on Friday. The court called for his “immediate and unconditional release” and ordered that Bazoum be reinstated, according to the judge in […]

Niger Coup Leaders Agree To Transition Terms

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Niger’s ruling military has agreed to terms and conditions of a transition back to civilian rule, and will present the plan to a regional bloc, the chief diplomat from mediator Togo announced Thursday. Speaking on Niger’s national television, Togo Foreign Minister Robert Dussey said he had reached an agreement “on the content […]

Congo Opposition Candidate Suspends Presidential Campaign After Violence

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – One of the main opposition candidates for Congo’s presidential election next week, Moise Katumbi, suspended part of his campaign on Wednesday after violent clashes at one of his election rallies. Live rounds were fired and several people were injured as Katumbi addressed supporters in the coastal town of Moanda on Tuesday, marking […]

Egypt To Vote On Final Day Of Presidential Elections

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egyptians are voting on Tuesday in the third and final day of presidential elections, as incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi is widely expected to win a third term in office. The election this year is overshadowed by the war in Gaza and a severe domestic economic crisis. For weeks before the elections, authorities […]

ECOWAS Summit: Tinubu Advocates Good Governance To Counter Coups In West Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, implored West African leaders to prioritize good governance and collective prosperity as an essential tool to prevent authoritarian takeovers of power and unconstitutional changes of government in the region. According to a statement issued on Sunday and […]

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