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How Melania stormed Ghana and what she would be doing in Africa

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Melania Trump arrived Ghana on Tuesday on her first solo trip to Africa.

The first lady looked very stylish in a custom Celine shirt dress and a pair of $625 Manolo Blahnik heels, and narrowly avoided a wardrobe disaster when the hem of her ensemble started blowing up in the breeze.

After stepping onto the tarmac, Melania was greeted warmly by Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and then presented with a bouquet of flowers by an eight-year-old girl wearing traditional dress.

On Monday evening she had boarded the military plane in a $1,695 suede trench coat from Vince, and a pair of $935 Manolo Blahnik heels.

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Melania went straight from the airport to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, where she watched on as babies were weighed for a local nutrition program, then cradled an adorable infant.

As well as Ghana, Melania’s itinerary includes stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt .

When she announced her trip, Mrs Trump said she was looking forward to working with Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo to promote quality healthcare for mothers and newborns and nutrition in young children.

She also said that she was looking forward to better understand how the US can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid program that is focussed on children’s education.

Mrs Trump also highlighted the work the US was doing in Kenya to support early-childhood education, wildlife conservation, and HIV prevention.

“My final stop, which is Egypt, will focus on the country’s tourism and conservation projects, but I know that through USAid, we have worked with the people of Egypt to promote an environment in which all groups of society – including women and religious minorities – can lead productive and healthy lives,” she said.

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Tunisian labour union, UGTT threatens political disruption as elections draws near

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As the North African country, Tunisia braces up for elections, labour union, UGTT has threatened not to disrupt proceedings under the current political arrangement.

UGTT attacked president Saied political and economic agenda on Saturday, including the elections scheduled for this month. The union said that it will no longer accept what it called a threat to democracy in its clearest challenge to him yet.

UGTT’s leader Noureddine Taboubi said in a speech to thousands of supporters, the union will ” no longer accept the current path because of its ambiguity and individual rule, and the unpleasant surprises it hides for the fate of the country and democracy.”

“We will not hesitate to defend rights and freedoms whatever the cost,” he added, in his strongest criticism yet of the president.

“We will not abide by secret agreements the government has with the International Monetary Fund and the workers will stand up to it,” Taboubi said.

Taboubi said the December election would “have no colour and taste” as a result of Saied’s constitution and that the vote lacked national unanimity.

President Kais Saied hinted that the country will not accept foreign observers for the planned elections for later this year.

There have been protests for and against president Saied’s approach to governance of the Tunisian public.

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South Africa: President Ramaphosa’s party, ANC meets as impeachment heat intensifies over ‘Farmgate’

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As the heat keeps piling on the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, leaders of his party, the African National Congress (ANC) met on Friday to take a position on the current crisis bedeviling the country’s top man.

The ANC leaders are meeting after an inquiry found evidence President Cyril Ramaphosa may have committed misconduct, but they delayed a decision over whether he should stay in his post.

The party’s Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile after the meeting said the group would reconvene before Dec. 6 to discuss the report, which will be debated in parliament on that day.

“We want to deal with it properly, we don’t want to miss any step,” Mashatile told reporters, adding that party officials needed to scrutinise the report further.

“The mood was that there is a sense of urgency, that we should resolve these issues so that we can go on with the responsibilities of running the country.”

In reaction to the panel’s report, President Ramaphosa through a statement asked for space to “carefully consider the contents of the report and the next course of action to be taken”, and the National Council of Provinces chairperson acceded to the request for a delay.

The ANC is the dominant party in the country’s parliament, with 230 seats, or nearly 60% of the total, which makes the possibility of an impeachment low as most votes would be towards votes along party lines.

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