In the push for greater regional integration with unified external tariffs in the West Africa sub-region, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has appointed President Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin as its new head.
The sub-regional bloc is made up of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
President Patrice Talon would be the first President of Benin to head the sub-regional institution. He will take office in one month during a virtual summit, according to Benin’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aurelien Agbenonci.
The minister said, “his mandate will be placed under the sign of a desire for reform and good governance, in a spirit of permanent consultation with the other heads of state. His intention is not to give lessons to anyone.
Talon’s appointment was agreed upon on Friday by heads of respective member states during a joint summit of WAEMU and the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) in Accra.
President Tallon takes over from Roch Christian Kaboré, former head of state of Burkina Faso who was ousted from office in a coup in January 2022.
Speaking about his appointment, Benin’s Foreign Minister stated that Benin had also requested its minister of economy and finance to also head the ministerial council of the union.
This according to Benin will improve cohesion and also speed up initiatives by the union.
South Africa wants Israel’s ‘occupation’ of Palestinian territories declared illegal
South Africa is back at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Israel’s role in the ongoing Hamas war. On Tuesday, Johannesburg asked the World Court to issue a non-binding legal opinion that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is illegal.
South Africa argued that the proclamation would help efforts to reach a settlement as its representative opened the second day of hearings at the court in the Hague.
Vusimuzi Madonsela, South Africa’s ambassador to the Netherlands told the judges that “a clear legal characterization of the nature of Israel’s regime over the Palestinian people can only assist in remedying the ongoing delay and achieving a just settlement.”
Palestinian delegates asked the U.N.’s top court on Monday to declare Israel’s occupation of their territory illegal, adding that the advisory opinion of the court might help bring about a durable peace and a two-state solution.
Israel sent a written statement claiming that an advisory opinion would be detrimental to reaching a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, despite not being present at the hearings.
The most recent wave of violence in Gaza, which was sparked by Hamas’s attacks on Israel on October 7, has exacerbated the region’s long-standing grievances and harmed attempts to find a peaceful solution.
The ICJ’s fifteen-member panel was tasked with “occupation, settlement and annexation … including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures.”
It is anticipated that the judges will take about half a year to respond to the request, which also asks them to evaluate the implications of the occupation’s legal standing.
Tunisia: Jailed opposition leader Ghannouchi begins hunger strike
Embattled Tunisian opposition leader, Rached Ghannouchi, who has been a political prisoner since April, has begun a hunger strike in support of other opposition activists who are fasting in protest and calling for their immediate release.
Ghannouchi had threatened to go on a hunger strike in September, and a group of opposition lawyers representing him confirmed the strike had finally begun on Monday.
The 82-year the leader of the main opposition group Ennahda and a ferocious opponent of President Kais Saied, was imprisoned last year on allegations of inciting violence against law enforcement and scheming to undermine national security.
In a different case earlier this month, a judge found him guilty of taking outside funding and sentenced him to three years in prison.
The lawyers said in a statement that “While he is fighting the ’empty stomach’ battle, Ghannouchi calls on Tunisians to adhere to a democratic Tunisia that includes everyone on the basis of freedom … and the independence of the judiciary.”
An indefinite hunger strike was launched this week by six opposition leaders who were detained during a crackdown last year in protest of their detention without charge or trial and in demand of their prompt release. The jailed leaders, Jawher Ben Mbarak, Rida Belhaj, Abdelhamid Jalasi, Ghazi Chaouachi, Issam Chabbi, and Khayam Turki, were taken into custody on charges of allegedly arranging an attack on state security.
President Saied has been adamant about suppressing dissenting opinions in the nation ever since taking office. In 2023, over 20 political figures were detained, including Ghannouchi, on suspicion of trying to compromise national security.
Hardship: Nigerian govt to resume direct cash transfers to 12m citizens
Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun, has revealed that the federal government will resume...
US keen on expanding bilateral trade with Nigeria
According to the US Consulate in Nigeria, it is looking for ways to guarantee prosperity for Nigeria by increasing bilateral...
Nigeria’s Currency Crisis: Time to deploy Amotekun, By Chinedu Chidi
I have thought long and hard about just the right solution to the downward spiral of the Naira, and confidently...
Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries
An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from...
M-PESA partners IFC to increase financial inclusion for farmers in Mozambique
Mobile money transfer and payment service provider, M-Pesa, has entered into a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) aimed...
Director of ‘Dahomey’ Mati Diop shines at Berlin Film Festival 2024
Senegalese-French writer and and director of African documentary movie, “Dahomey,” Mati Diop, made history when her movie was selected for...
Zambian govt begs citizens in diaspora to help attract foriegn investment
The Zambian government has called on its citizens in the diaspora to help in attracting foreign direct investment to the...
UN sanctions six Congolese rebels over crisis in its eastern region
Six members of five armed organisations in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been sanctioned by the...
The problem of DRC’s beautiful wife, maize it planted by roadside, By Charles Onyango-Obbo
Watching the upheaval in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days, one is tempted to invoke the African proverb...
Nigerian govt ‘may open border for importation of cement’
The Nigerian government has issued a warning to cement producers, stating that if they continue to raise prices arbitrarily, it...
Sports2 days ago
CAF unveils preliminary round draws for 2025 AFCON finals
Metro1 day ago
‘Nigerians living in scary times under Tinubu, APC’— PDP
VenturesNow20 hours ago
Nigerian govt ‘may open border for importation of cement’
Metro2 days ago
Former Zambian Deputy Inspector-General of Police jailed 3 years