Author: Kalela Chandler

President Andry Rajoelina took the oath in a packed stadium on Saturday to start a new term as Madagascar’s leader, rebuffing an opposition boycott and international concerns over the island’s future.In front of six African presidents in the crowd of 50,000, the 49-year-old party organiser-turned-politician vowed to act with “integrity” to lift the country of 29 million out of its poverty. “Madagascar is today under construction. The transformation is underway, rising on the horizon,” he said before watching a military parade. But the absence of two former presidents, Marc Ravalomanana and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who attended Rajoelina’s last inauguration in 2018,…

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Rabat – The last phase of construction has begun on the 55-story Mohammed VI Tower, scheduled to open in 2024. Workers are reportedly working nonstop to finish the large ceiling that hangs over the main entryway of the tower, as well as the floor and ceiling of the building in preparation for its inauguration next year. In addition, a tiny bay with a view of the Bouregreg River is being constructed on the first floor. Standing at 250 meters, the tower is set to become Africa’s highest construction and is intended to be visible from 50 kilometers away. With a total floor…

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Rabat – Morocco’s Ambassador to Moscow Lotfi Bouchaara met on Thursday with Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Leonidovich Bogdanov to discuss boosting ties between the two countries. The two diplomats discussed current regional issues, the positive development of relations between Russia and Morocco, as well as the agenda of upcoming meetings at various levels. The meeting further demonstrated the determination of Morocco and Russia to deepen their already established relations and explore opportunities for enhanced cooperation. The two representatives had met in July, and they both stressed the importance of maintaining a dynamic political discourse, particularly with regards to common…

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Brussels (3/11 – 34) Dubai is calling for a united front to spur the development of generative artificial intelligence to maximise its potential and reap economic benefits, the chief executive of the Dubai Future Foundation has said. Countries need to come together to prepare society for the innovation and to help bridge the gap between policies and the advancement of the emerging technology, which has a reported business opportunity of as much as $4.4 trillion, Khalfan Belhoul said at the Dubai Assembly for Generative AI conference on Wednesday. The industries with highest AI potential include banking, software and platforms, energy, communications and media, and health, according to the DFF.…

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Amid broad debate about French language’s place in France’s former African colonies, Algeria is denying that efforts to force Francophone private schools to adopt the country’s national curriculum constitute hostility toward French. Education Minister Abdelkrim Belabed said that no languages were being “targeted” in Algeria and noted that multilingualism was among the education system’s major achievements. “All languages are welcome,” he said Saturday. Algeria has more French speakers than all but two nations — France itself and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearly 15 million people out of the country’s population of 44 million speak it, according to the…

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Libyan military commander Khalifa Hifter made a surprise visit to Russia on Tuesday during a critical time in Libya-Russia relations. Hifter, who commands the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), was received by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov in Moscow. The two were scheduled to discuss unspecified developments in Libya and relations between Libya and Russia, according to a Facebook post by the LNA. Russia has supported Hifter’s forces throughout the Libyan civil war in its fight against the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, now led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. Yevkurov also visited Libya in August, meeting with Hifter…

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Namibia has suspended imports of live poultry, birds, and poultry products from South Africa following the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the neighbouring country. The move, which takes immediate effect, was triggered by an “alarming” increase in cases of “highly pathogenic avian influenza”, Namibia’s agriculture ministry said. “Importation and in-transit movement” of live chickens, poultry meat, eggs and chicks from South Africa would be suspended “until further notice” it said. South Africa, one of the continent’s major poultry producers, reported the first bird flu cases in commercial farms in April, according to an industry group. Due to…

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday that it delivered “essential relief items” to 837 people affected by the massive flash floods that swept eastern parts of Libya on September 10. IOM said the aid distribution process was conducted in collaboration with the Libyan Ministry of Social Affairs with support and assistance of US Agency for International Development and Foreign, and the UK Commonwealth and Development Office. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Libya announced, on Friday, in a report covering the period from October 10 to 17, that more than 43,421 people are…

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Days after the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) published new regulations to tighten controls on foreign exchange dealings that were informed by shortages of the dollar, the bank is warning foreign currency dealers to be on the lookout for counterfeit dollars. In an October 10, 2023 notice to commercial banks and bureau de change operators, BoT said it had “received information regarding seizure of large amounts of US dollar counterfeit notes in a foreign country, which were destined for the African continent”. BoT directed the forex operators to take “necessary precautions”, including strengthening their systems for identifying fake currency notes. The…

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Community Focus Foundation (CFF), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has kicked against the Electoral Commission’s (EC) proposal to make the Ghana Card the sole document for voter registration. According to the Group, a review of the existing Constitutional Instrument (C.I) by the EC to use Ghana Card as the only document would disenfranchise millions of prospective voters, who for no fault of theirs, were unable to obtain the card. Mr Richard Kasu, Executive Director of CFF, speaking at a press briefing in Accra, stated that the EC’s guarantor system during the just ended limited registration exercise had the highest patronage…

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