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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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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

African leaders have agreed, at a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, and a quick restoration of the constitutional system through a political process, amid pressure for a handover of power to civilians.

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The decision extends a 15-day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power or be suspended from the A.U. TMC took over after president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted earlier this month.

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The TMC has been under pressure from demonstrators to hand power to civilians immediately.

Egypt`s Abdul Fatah Al Sisi, who holds the rotating African Union presidency, said at the end of the summit in Cairo, they have agreed on the need to give more time to Sudanese authorities and Sudanese parties to implement required measures.

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

Mozambican authorities have warned of a tropical storm that could hit the country this week, just one month after cyclone Idai ravaged the nation. The next organized tropical cyclone, to be named Kenneth could also affect Tanzania.

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The National Institute for Disaster Management’s spokesman, Paulo Tomás says, they will keep abreast of the evolution of the weather system.

Last month, cyclone Idai killed at least 960 people in parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving some 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President’s Rule

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President's Rule

Egypt’s election commission has announced, 88% of voters had approved changes to the constitution that could allow president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The amendments would also give the president new powers over the judiciary.

The commission says, voter turnout during the three-day referendum was nearly 44 and a half percent and almost 90 percent approved the amendments while 11.17 percent voted no.

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The amendments will extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024 and to appoint one or more vice presidents.

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His critics questioned the credibility of the turnout figure announced and are asking how can a constitution be changed to fit one person.

Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy.

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After the announcement was made, Al-Sisi sent the message quote “I am your god.”

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