Author: Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Ghana, Qatar cement relations after decades of “progressive” ties

 Embassy opening will boost Qatar-Ghana ties. ACCRA, Ghana––The West African nation of Ghana and the Arab Republic of Qatar have cemented their diplomatic relation with the opening of Ghanaian embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha after more than 30 years of “progressive” relations between the two countries, according to a local daily. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said “The bilateral relations between Qatar and Ghana will be further expanded, strengthened and consolidated” after the opening of the embassy. Botchwey expressed appreciation for Qatar’s efforts to facilitate the speedy opening of Ghana’s embassy in Doha....

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Niger may have arrested militant leader Chefou

Photo: Doundou Chefou center NIAMEY, Niger  — Military authorities in Niger say joint security forces detained a suspect who could be the militant leader who was being pursued at the time of an ambush that left four American soldiers dead. Eric P. Whitaker, the U.S. Ambassador to Niger, told on Tuesday indicated that he does not know the identity of the detained suspect, but that the head of Niger’s special forces is hopeful it’s a known extremist leader. When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as other ethnic...

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Ivory Coast inaugurates new senate amid opposition criticisms

Ivory Coast’s creation of a Senate ABIDJAN–– The West African nation of the Ivory Coast on Thursday inducted its first Senate, an upper house to the country’s parliament that President Alassane Ouattara called a “chamber of wisdom” but which the opposition members say will tighten his grip on power. The establishment of the Senate was a provision of a new constitution decreed in 2016. The country’s main opposition groups boycotted the referendum that sanctioned the charter as well as polls last month that elected 66 members to the 99-seat body. “The Senate is installed. It is an important chamber for...

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Sierra Leone’s new president urges rival to drop legal challenge

Sierra Leone presidential runoff rivals: APC’s Samura Kamara vs SLPP’s president-elect Julius Maada Bio FREETOWN, Sierra Leone––Retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone’s new President, on Thursday called on his rival in an election run-off to drop a legal challenge against the results announced by the country’s National Election Commission, saying he could use his expertise and experience. “I’ll very much encourage him to move away from that path and come,” Bio said of his rival Samura Kamara from the former ruling party, during an interview with Globe Afrique international media team. “He is a resource. He has...

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Liberia’s President leaves for state visits to Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana

Liberian President George Manneh Weah ACCRA, Cote d’Ivoire ––Liberian President George Manneh Weah on Wednesday left the country for a state visit to Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Making the disclosure, presidential spokesman Sam Mannah, said President Weah is expected to hold talks with his counterparts in the two west African nations during the four-day visit. Mannah said the Liberian leader will explore avenue for investments and the endorsement of peace within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as discuss cross-border security concerns affecting both Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire. In a bid to promote investment in Liberia,...

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