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What a man can do: Tanzania female President, Samia Suluhu, says she has outperformed past male presidents

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Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu, has given herself the thumbs up by saying she has outperformed the country’s past male presidents before her.

Suluhu who was speaking at a forum organised as part of the annual African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday in her first official trip to West Africa, said since she was sworn in as president following the death of her predecessor, John Magufuli in March 2021, she has done far better than most previous male leaders given the circumstances she met the country at the time she became president.

The Tanzanian president said she faced the challenges of mistrust during her first days in office because she is a woman, which she had to overcome.

“It was very difficult to make people of Tanzania trust me. That I can run the country in the same way men do – that was the major challenge.

“In the course of one year, I have shown women’s power, I led the country the same way men did and in some circumstances better than they did,” Suluhu, who is Africa’s only current female constitutional national leader, said.

At the end of the AfDB forum which had in attendance the Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Comoros’ President Azali Assoumani, the Tanzanian leader was awarded a trophy after being named the 2022 winner of the Africa Road Builders–Babacar Ndiaye Trophy last month.

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South Sudan’s ruling party endorses President Salva Kiir for next election

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The ruling party in South Sudan has endorsed President Salva Kiir as its candidate in the country’s delayed election scheduled for the end of 2024.

President Kiir while speaking at the end of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s leadership session, accepted the ruling party endorsement for the 2024 election.

“We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together,” the president said to cheers. He added: “I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

South Sudan is in a dire situation with approximately two-thirds of the population, in danger of famine as they face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

South Sudan is in a fragile state between war and peace. In February 2020, after a two-year process, the conflict parties of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former First Vice President Riek Machar.

President Kiir has been the country’s only president since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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Ruling junta, politicians sign agreement for civil transition in Sudan. Will it work?

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An agreement for a civilian-led transition that will last for two years has been made between Sudanese political parties and the military.

The arrangement is toward elections and ends a sometimes violent standoff triggered by a coup in October 2021.

The power-sharing arrangement between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition was delayed due to the absence of a Prime Minister after a coup in 2021.

The military under the new arrangement agreed it would only be represented on a security and defence council headed by a prime minister.

The military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said civilians should control politics and guide foreign policy. Signatories applauded when he repeated a slogan used by protesters to call for the army to exit politics: “Soldiers belong in the barracks, and parties go to elections.”

Recall that Sudanese politician, Wagdi Salih was released from prison on Sunday ahead of the discussion surrounding the coalition agreement.

Meanwhile, the transition plan does not seem to have sat well with some session of the public as security officers fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters about 1-1/2km from the presidential palace on Monday over the development.

One of the protesters, 36-year-old state employee Ahmed Fateh al-Rahman, said. “We want justice for our martyrs, trial for the military, and civilian rule.” “We will defeat this agreement because it is an extension of the coup.”

Will the arrangement lead to lasting progress in the political crises facing the East African country?

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