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DR Congo Expels EU Ambassador, EU Reacts

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DR Congo Expels EU Ambassador, EU Reacts

The European Union has lashed out at democratic republic of Congo’s decision to expel its ambassador a few days to the election.

DR Congo had told the EU on Thursday to recall its envoy in retaliation for sanctions against 14 officials. The 14 include Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a hardline former interior minister chosen by Kabila to be the candidate for his succession in elections three days away.

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Foreign minister Leonard Okitundu said, “the government of the democratic republic of congo urges the European Council to proceed without fail in recalling its head of mission within 48 hours”.

European Union foreign ministers had extended a travel ban and asset freeze earlier this month on 14 persons over “the obstruction of the electoral process and the related human rights violations.”

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The foreign minister says DR Congo had “patiently” sought to persuade the EU to either drop or suspend the sanctions until the elections in the drc had been held. But says that had failed.

He added that the measure by the DRC on one side punishes the reprehensible behaviour of the eu and on the other comes under the framework of reciprocity. The eu says the move is completely unjustified.

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Meanwhile, five african heads of state have voiced “strong concern over acts of violence going on in  democratic republic of congo, where voting has been postponed in three regions.

They said clashes in some locations are enough to compromise voter’s peace of mind.

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Omar Daf Extends Contract With Sochaux

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Sochaux Coach, Daf Extends Contract With Club

Forty one year-old former Senegal international defender Omar Daf has extended his contact as coach of French club Sochaux until June 2021.

Daf was appointed coach of the second division side last November.

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The former French champions are currently just two points above the relegation zone in Ligue 2 with 17 games left this season.

Earlier this week Sochaux signed former Liverpool and Mali midfielder, Momo Sissoko.

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Daf played 14 seasons for Sochaux across two spells, previously coached the club in an interim capacity in 2013 and 2015.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister Over Corruption Allegations

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister For Corruption Allegations

Ethiopian Former Minister, Bereket Simon has been arrested at his residence on suspicion of mismanagement of public funds.

Simon was a former Communication Minister, and was also a former head of a regional public investment fund. Simon was a member of Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Zigale Gebeyehu, head of the regional anti-corruption bureau told local journalists that Bereket was detained on suspicion of corruption and now held in police custody in Bahir Dar city, the capital of the region.

Also arrested was a former civil servant, Tadesse Kassa, who was also a former board member of TIRET.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been pursuing a nationwide crackdown on graft in the public sector since taking office last year

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