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After 43 years in power, 80-year-old Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang, to run for sixth term

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After ruling Equitorial Guinea with an iron fist for 43 years, 80-year-old President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is to seek s sixth term in office in the presidential elections scheduled for November, his son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who the country’s Vice President said in a post on Twitter on Saturday.

“Because of his charisma, his leadership and his political experience, the ruling party unanimously chose President Teodoro Obiang as its candidate for the November 20 poll,” Mangue.

Mangue, nicknamed “Teodorin”, had been touted to succeed his father last where when the President battled with a strange ailment and many expected he would contest the presidential election in November but with the announcement, it is now clear that his father not yet ready to relinquish power.

Obiang who is one of the longest ruling presidents in the world, has run a dictatorial regime where little or no opposition is allowed. In his five previous tenures, he has appointed members of his family into key positions including three of his children whom he made ministers.

His Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) currently holds 99 of the 100 seats in the Lower House of Parliament and all 70 of the Senate seats.

The PDGE was the country’s single legal political movement until 1991 even when multi-party politics were introduced while Obiang has never officially been re-elected with less than 93 per cent of the vote in previous elections.

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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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Zambia’s Vice President, Mutale Nalumango, to visit Ivory Coast for summit on nutrition

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Zambia’s Vice President, Mutale Nalumango is set to visit and attend the African Union (AU) High-level meeting to address issues of nutrition on the continent.

Fourteen member countries are participating in a two-day meeting which includes governments, experts, and cooperating partners.

The Vice President Permanent Secretary for Administration, Lilian Kapusana confirmed the journey on Tuesday.

Among other issues, the Vice President will reaffirm the commitments by the ruling government’s commitment to ensuring food security in the country.

“Mrs. Nalumango will address the challenges and milestones made in food and nutrition together with our cooperating partners who gave implemented projects in addressing issues of malnutrition and stunted growth in the country,” Ms. Kapusana said.

Participating countries at the summit are expected to reaffirm commitments to improving food and nutrition through agreements that will be signed during the course of the deliberations.

The United Nations Children’s Fund reported that in 2021, six million children are affected by life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in West and Central Africa.

Hopefully, the summit on nutrition will end with concrete measures to address some of the issues like land and crop degradation, periodic droughts and weather-related shocks, poverty, limited access to basic food staples and essential services, and population growth, which all contribute to emergency levels of malnutrition in the region.

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