- Algerians celebrate Bouteflika resignation protestors reject new govt.:
Algerians are in a celebratory mood following Tuesday’s resignation of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose bid to seek a fifth term in February sparked mass protests. Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced the 82-year-old’s departure, capping a wave of protests demanding the removal of an aging elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism. Bouteflika’s supporters had sought to stop the dissent by telling Algerians not to return to the dark days in the 90s when some 200,000 were killed in civil war, warning even of a scenario like in Syria, embroiled in an eight-year-long conflict.
- AfCFTA agreement to be implemented following Gambia’s historic ratification:
Gambia’s parliament on Tuesday approved the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), becoming the 22nd nation to do so, and effectively meeting the minimum threshold for the agreement to come into force. The AfCFTA which was enacted last year, seeks to create the largest trade zone in the world, increase intra-African trade by 52% by the year 2022 and remove tariffs on 90% of goods. African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert Muchanga led celebrations of the historic achievement, posting on his office Twitter account that ‘the AfCFTA market is ready for launch of its operational phase in July this year’.
- UN chief meets Tunisian president:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the presidential palace in Tunis, following the Arab League summit. During the meeting, the leaders discussed cooperation between Tunisia and UN organizations and the latest developments of political solution in Libya. “I believe that the Tunisian generosity and solidarity also deserves the same solidarity from the international community so that with all economic difficulties that come from the impact of the Libyan crisis, Tunisia can ensure a deserving future for Tunisians especially its youth, who still encounter huge difficulties to find work,” stated Antanio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
- One year later, Ethiopia PM wants a credible election to climax democratic reforms:
One year after taking oath as Ethiopia’s prime minister on April 2, Abiy Ahmed is working towards delivering a free, fair and credible election in 2020, which he hopes will be the climax of the democratic reforms he has championed. Abiy, who took office as the government struggled to contain protests that had had lasted over two years, has steadily implemented a raft of reforms including reaching out to the opposition, in a bid to build trust and stabilize the country. In this article, we highlight the key actions taken by Abiy to open the political space and lay the foundation for political reform that many Ethiopians sought.
- Cash transfer program helps Nigeria’s Poor:
In 2018, Nigeria overtook India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country’s population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has launched a series of initiatives and interest-free loans it says will significantly reduce poverty and improve living standards. One of them is a cash transfer scheme currently working in 27 states where the poorest are given about $13 every month. Critics of the program say it is not working given Nigeria’s extreme inequality levels and inflation. But recipients of the cash handouts say their lives are beginning to change.
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