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DRC Election: Ruling Coalition Wins Legislative Majority

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DRC Election: Ruling Coalition Wins Legislative Majority

Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition has won a majority in legislative elections, despite opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi’s win in the presidential vote.

President Joseph Kabila is due to step down in the coming days in what was meant to be Congo’s first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.

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Meanwhile, Southern African Development Community has urged D R Congo on Sunday to recount votes, raising pressure on the country to ensure the legitimacy of the next government and avert widespread violent unrest.

Influential African bloc- which contains regional allies like South Africa and Angola, urged Kabila on Sunday to tackle the presidential runner-up’s accusations that the vote was rigged.

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Moreover, the surprise win of opposition candidate, Felix Tshekedi has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution.

The country is the world’s leading miner of cobalt, a mineral used in electric car batteries which has seen a surge in demand in recent years.

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A 60 percent high stakes for mining firms are forecast this year. But uncertainty in government policy is one of the major risks to supply.

A mining operator, says the mining sector, could be worse off than when under Kabila` rule.

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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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