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Gabon Ruling Party Panel Urges Clarity Over Hospitalised President

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In Gabon, Questions Surge Over Absent President

Senior figures in Gabon’s ruling party on Thursday called on the government to clarify the condition of President Ali Bongo, whose hospitalisation in Saudi Arabia has fueled speculation that he is incapacitated.

The consultative committee of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) said clarity was necessary to “reassure the public” at a time “of wild rumours in the media and on social networks.”

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While insisting that “vacation of power is not on the agenda”, the committee warned lack of information could “promote hatred, division and a deteriorating political climate.”

Bongo, 59, fell ill on October 24 during a visit to Riyadh to attend an economic forum.

His spokesperson Ike Ngouoni said doctors there had diagnosed him with “severe fatigue” and ordered bed rest.

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A foreign source close to the couple told AFP on Wednesday that Bongo had had a stroke.

Lack of official news – along with memories of the secrecy-shrouded demise of Bongo’s father, Omar Bongo, who died in office in 2009 after decades at the helm – has set the rumour mill churning at full tilt.

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French-born First Lady Sylvia Bongo, meanwhile, said on social media that she and her family were “particularly touched… by the numerous prayers and messages of support.”

She also recently swapped her profile photo on social media from a colour portrait to a black and white shot of the couple.

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Prime Minister And Cabinet Members Resign In Burkina Faso

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Prime Minister And Cabinet Members Resign In Burkina Faso

The cabinet of Burkina Faso President, Roch Marc Kabore, has resigned according to a statement released on national television by the country’s president.

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba, a former economist, had held the position since January 2016 when he was nominated by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. Kabore accepted the resignations and said, a new government is to be form as soon as possible while no explanation was given for there resignation.

The government  is faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and attacks. The country lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a bloody Islamist insurgency.

Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since mid-December, and late Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected jihadists was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.

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Breaking: Court Grants Dino Melaye Bail On Health Ground

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Dino Melaye Granted Bail On Health Condition

Senator Dino Melaye has been granted bail by a High Court in Maitama, Abuja. Justice Yusuf Halilu granted bail to Melaye on health ground. Halilu was of the view that the Senator must be healthy to stand trial.

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The ruling was granted after an application by Melaye’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN). The senator is currently being held in a police health facility in Abuja.

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As terms for his bail, the defendant is expected to produce three sureties, one of whom must be the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The judge said the other two sureties must be owners of properties within the Abuja metropolis.

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Ghana: Undercover Reporter Cries Out Over Death Threats

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Ghana: Undercover Reporter Cries Out Over Death Threats

Ghanaian undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas has said, his team face death threats on a daily basis. He was speaking after his colleague Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot dead while driving home, after a politician called for retribution against him.

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Reports say Ahmed Hussein-Suale was near his home in Madina Suburb on Wednesday when two men on a motorbike pulled up next to his car and shot him at close range.

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The journalist died instantly after being shot twice in the chest and in the neck.

He was an investigative journalist with tiger eye private investigations, run by Anas. Hussein had exposed Ghana’s soccer corruption that led to the head of the Ghana Football Association resignation.

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