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BREAKING: South Africa Gets New Speaker Of Parliament

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BREAKING: South Africa Gets New Speaker Of Parliament

Former minister of defence and military veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is the new Speaker of the National Assembly after the ANC used its majority to elect her for the crucial position on Thursday.

She defeated DA caucus chairperson Annelie Lotriet despite a cloud hanging over her head, with parliament’s joint committee on defence investigating allegations including a R5 million bribe from a defence contractor.

Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe announced that Mapisa-Nqakula got 199 votes against 82 from Lotriet. There were 17 spoiled votes.

In her maiden speech as Speaker of Parliament, Mapisa-Nqakula said she was willing to work with all parties represented in Parliament. She said this was a huge task and did not want Parliament to fail in its work.

She said Parliament was too important an institution to fail in its duty.

Hlophe had earlier presided over the election of the Speaker of Parliament after acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo appointed him.

The voting had begun after Parliament announced that the process would take four hours. The process started at 11am and concluded shortly before 3pm.

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Counting began after MPs finished casting secret ballots on the two candidates vying for the position of Speaker.

“I am assured by the returning officers that everybody has voted. We now proceed to the next stage, which is this. The assistant returning officers will now close and seal the ballot boxes. I now suspend the proceedings to enable the returning officer to count the votes in my presence and will report the results to me,” said Hlophe.

Earlier Secretary to the National Assembly Masibulele Xaso and acting Secretary to Parliament Baby Tyawa were calling out the names of MPs, who were sitting in two venues in Parliament in line with Covid-19 protocols.

Spokesperson for Parliament Moloto Mothapo said the new speaker will address the House after the election has been concluded.

“After Judge Hlophe announces the outcome of the secret ballot in the sitting, the duly elected Speaker will immediately take over the Presiding chair and address the House,” said Mothapo.

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Kuami Eugene Finally Meets His Look-alike Gifts Him $100 On Live Radio

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Kuami Eugene Finally Meets His Look-alike Gifts Him $100 On Live Radio

Ghanaian vocalist and musician Eugene Marfo has at last met his copy, who has been impersonating and mining his tunes this while.

The energetic internet sensation was promptly in Kumasi in the first part of the day right from Techiman to meet the “Dollar on You” artiste.

The energetic internet sensation was promptly in Kumasi in the first part of the day right from Techiman to meet the “Dollar on You” artiste.

“It’s not easy to come all the way from Techiman. It means a lot to me, and I appreciate this. It’s $100; you can exchange it when you get to town”.

 

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His copy was unmistakably dazed by the deed of Kuami Eugene and uncovered he has never seen such cash and contemplated whether it is legal to use in Ghana.

The presenters and panelists on the show all applauded and communicated appreciation to Kuami Eugene for what he did.

Kuami Eugene then, at that point, took pictures with his copy who looked actually like one another.

From the composition to the haircut and method of dressing, they strike some resemblance.

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BREAKING: South Africa’s Final Apartheid-Era President Dies Age 85

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BREAKING: South Africa’s Final Apartheid-Era President Dies Age 85

FW de Klerk, the former president of South Africa and the last white man to lead the country, has died at the age of 85.

Mr de Klerk, who was also a key figure in the nation’s transition to democracy, had been diagnosed with cancer this year, a spokesman said.

Mr de Klerk was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994.

In 1990 he announced he was releasing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, leading to multi-party polls in 1994.

A statement from the former president’s FW de Klerk Foundation on Thursday morning read: “Former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye (Cape Town) earlier this morning following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.”

The foundation had announced the diagnosis – a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs – in June this year.

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FW de Klerk had taken over from PW Botha as the head of the National Party in February 1989 and the following year announced he was removing the ban on parties that included Mr Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC).

His actions helped bring an end to apartheid-era South Africa, and he became one of the two deputy presidents after the multi-party elections in 1994 that saw Mr Mandela become president.

 

 

 

 

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Mali Parliament Vice-President Freed

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Mali Parliament Vice-President Freed

Mali’s interim parliament vice-president has been freed, weeks after he was arrested for public order offences.

Issa Kaou N’Djim was arrested in October and a ruling on his case is expected in December.

He was accused of making “subversive remarks”, which were not disclosed.

N’Djim is a supporter of Mali’s President Assimi Goïta but is a critic of Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga.

His lawyers had said his detention was illegal because of a parliamentary immunity.

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Parliament later passed a resolution calling for the halting of the case.

 

 

 

 

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