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Angolan government threatens striking doctors with ‘no work, no pay’ policy

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The Angolan government has threatened striking doctors in the country to forget their salaries for the duration the strike will last, in a new ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

The announcement which was made on Thursday, approved the suspension of salaries of doctors who have been on strike for two weeks to demand for improved conditions of service.

Doctors in Angola who represent a vast majority of the workforce in the country, have been on strike for the past 12 days, demanding better working conditions and refusing all entreaties to go back to work.

Most of the Southern African country’s approximately 5,600 doctors joined the movement last week for the second time in four months.

The doctors’ union had called for the nationwide strike after 20 children died in a single day at a pediatric hospital in the capital, Luanda, due to a shortage of medicines and medical equipment.

The doctors had also accused the government of neglecting hospitals in the oil rich country, saying medical institutions lacked basic material, medicines and needed equipment, while the government was building new establishments without providing staff.

However, the government has told the striking doctors to forget their salaries for as long as the strike lasts.

“We will not pay the salaries of the strikers,” Labor Minister Teresa Dias said a press conference.

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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