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Ethiopian Parliament Confirms Abiy Ahmed As Prime minister



Ethiopian Parliament Confirms Abiy Ahmed As Prime minister

Ethiopia’s parliament confirmed incumbent Abiy Ahmed as prime minister for a five-year term on Monday, cementing his power domestically amid mounting international concern about his government’s handling of the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

Abiy’s party won a landslide victory in June’s election. He was sworn in on Monday, and a ceremony was being held later in the capital Addis Ababa attended by several African heads of state.

President Sahle-Work Zewde told parliament on Monday that government priorities included easing inflation – which has hovered around 20% this year – and the cost of living, as well as reducing unemployment.

The United Nations has warned that hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing famine in Ethiopia’s war-ravaged northern region of Tigray.

Conflict broke out there 11 months ago between federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party that controls Tigray.

Thousands have died and more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

On Thursday, Ethiopia announced it was expelling seven senior United Nations officials and gave them 72 hours to leave, a move the U.N. rejected.

Ethiopia accused the U.N. officials of diverting aid and communication equipment to the TPLF, failing to demand the return of aid trucks deployed to Tigray, violating security arrangements and spreading misinformation.

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The United States also condemned the expulsions and warned that it would not hesitate to use unilateral sanctions against those who obstructed humanitarian efforts.

Abiy Ahmed was appointed prime minister by the then-governing coalition in 2018 and promised political and economic reforms.

Within months of taking office, he lifted a ban on opposition parties, released tens of thousands of political prisoners and took steps to open up one of Africa’s last untapped markets.

His government now faces accusations from rights groups that it is rolling back some new freedoms, which it denies.

In June’s vote, Abiy’s Prosperity Party won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested, out of a total 547 seats. Security and logistical problems delayed voting in the other 111 seats.

The opposition parties Ezema and the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) each won fewer than 10 seats in the June vote.

On Sept. 30, an additional 47 constituencies voted. Results from those regions have yet to be announced, but will not affect the overall result.

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Husband Of Celestine Donkor Opens Up About Marriage, Says It Hasn’t Been ‘rosy’



Husband Of Celestine Donkor Opens Up About Marriage, Says It Hasn't Been 'rosy'

Husband of gospel sensational singer Celestine Donkor, Kofi Donkor, has celebrated their almost 16 years of marriage in a heartfelt post on Facebook.

Kofi Donkor, who doubles up as his wife’s manager, said it has not been easy playing both roles. Nonetheless, it has been very fulfilling, he said, while indicating that he will be sharing the 16 things that marriage has taught him and 12 things to know working with your spouse.

”Almost 16 years of marriage and 12 years of working together as Artiste and Manager. Trust me, none has been rosy, but it has been very fulfilling.

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”In the coming weeks, I will be sharing the 16 things that marriage has taught me and 12 things to know working with your spouse,” he said on Facebook.



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Ghanaian Louis Vuitton Designer, Virgil Abloh Passes Away Following Battle With Rare Form Of Cancer



Louis Vuitton Designer, Virgil Abloh Passes Away Following Battle With Rare Form Of Cancer

We are saddened to report on the passing of one of the biggest names in fashion, Virgil Abloh. The news was announced suddenly in a post on Virgil’s Instagram account.

While Virgil was still actively working on his business endeavors as recently as November 5th, where he spoke publicly at the National Museum of Qatar, his team revealed he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer back in 2019 called cardiac angiosarcoma. Unfortunately Virgil lost the battle on Sunday.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the announcement read. “For two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”

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LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White released a statement about Virgil Abloh, who served as fashion director at LV and CEO of Off-White.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” the statement read. “The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing f their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”

Virgil will be remembered for the mark he made on the fashion industry and the bold statement pieces he produced for some of the biggest stars. He was only 41 years old and is survived by his wife, Shannon Abloh and his two children Lowe and Grey Abloh.




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Covid-19: Unvaccinated Persons Are 7 Times Likely To Die From Covid – GHS



Covid-19: Ghana’s Death Toll Now 1,207

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has stated that persons who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 are more susceptible to death if infected by the virus.

According to the Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, such individuals are seven times more likely to die if they contract the virus compared to a vaccinated person.

The GHS boss made this known on Sunday while addressing the press on the additional measures taken by government to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the Christmas festivities.

“Information from the Ghana Infectious Diseases Centre shows that among the severe and critical cases, 97 were unvaccinated. Among the Covid-19 deaths in a particular month where we had 16 deaths, two amounting to 12.5 per cent were vaccinated but these two people had severe underlying medical conditions,” he said.

In view of this, he underscored the need for everyone to get vaccinated.

The GHS has employed the use of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sputnik-V and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in its exercise. The government has procured some 12,324, 710 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in its fight against the pandemic.

Currently, a total of 1,404,122 Ghanaians have been fully immunised against the virus, representing 7 per cent of the entire population.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has revealed that the country has seen a decline in the number of active cases in the past two months. The Greater Accra Region remains the largest Covid-19 hotspot.

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He blamed this occurrence on the gross disregard for the Covid-19 safety protocols.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye also noted that for the past two weeks, the Kotoka International Airport has recorded a surge in cases. These cases were recorded by international travelers.

As of November 28, a total of 629,831 tests have been ran at the airport. These tests showed that 3,093 of the passengers had contracted the virus.

As at November last year, the GHS recorded 163 cases at the Kotoka International Airport.

“There has been a surge mostly among Ghanaians who participated in an international religious conference. It also mimics what had been happening outside. There is a surge in Europe and some parts of the world so the airport tests continue to pick these signals. I think it is something we must take seriously. It is a warning for us to see that these are times we need to be more careful,” Dr Aboagye added.

He also gave the assurance that the 72-hour PCR and antigen test will be strictly enforced.

As of November 25, 2021, active cases recorded stood at 713 with 22 being severe cases. The country’s total death toll is now 1,220.

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