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Twitter Ban In Nigeria To End ‘Very Soon’, Information Minister Says

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Twitter Ban In Nigeria To End 'Very Soon', Information Minister Says

Nigeria said on Wednesday it expects to end its ban on Twitter in a “few more days”, raising hopes among users eager to return to the social media platform three months after the suspension took effect.

The ban, announced in June, has hurt Nigerian businesses and drawn widespread condemnation for its damaging effect on freedom of expression and the ease of doing business in Africa’s most populous nation.

But Information Minister Lai Mohammed told a post-cabinet media briefing the government was aware of the anxiety the ban had created among Nigerians.

“If the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell you that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now,” Mohammed said without giving a time frame.

When pressed further, Mohammed said authorities and Twitter officials had to “dot the I’s and cross the T’s” before reaching a final agreement.

“It’s just going to be very, very soon, just take my word for that,” he said.

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The government suspended Twitter after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

It was a culmination of months of tension. Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey’s posts encouraging donations to anti-police brutality protests last October and Twitter posts from Nnamdi Kanu, a Biafran separatist leader currently on trial in Abuja, infuriated authorities.

Last month, Mohammed told Reuters the Twitter ban would be removed before the end of this year, adding that the government was awaiting a response on three final requests made of the social media platform.

The ban is just one area of concern for free speech advocates. Nigeria dropped five spots, to 120, in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, which described Nigeria as one of the most dangerous and difficult West Africa countries for journalists.

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BREAKING: Sudan Prime Minister ‘Kidnapped’ – Government Ministry

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BREAKING: Sudan Prime Minister ‘Kidnapped’ – Government Ministry

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been “kidnapped” in his Khartoum home alongside his wife in the early hours of Monday morning, according to a statement on the Ministry of Culture and Information’s Facebook page.

It says what happened represents a huge infringement of the constitution and a “complete coup”.

The statement called on Sudanese people to take to the streets in peaceful protest to do all they can to “protect their revolution”.

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Ethiopian Parliament Confirms Abiy Ahmed As Prime minister

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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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Guinea’s Coup Leader, Mamady Doumbouya Sworn In As Interim President

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Guinea’s Coup Leader, Mamady Doumbouya Sworn In As Interim President

Guinea’s Coup Leader, Col Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn is as Guinea’s interim president after leading a coup that saw the overthrow of Alpha Condé.

After Mali’s Assimi Gota, 38, who similarly launched a military revolution, the former French legionnaire, 41, becomes Africa’s second-youngest leader.

Under proposals to restore civilian government revealed this week, Col Doumbouya will be forbidden from running in future elections.

The coup which was initiated on September 5th was widely denounced.

Guinea has been suspended by both Ecowas and the African Union.

Ecowas also imposed penalties on the coup leaders and sought a six-month period of constitutional order.

According to the AFP news agency, the new President, Col Mamady Doumbouya while speaking at the Mohammed V palace in Conakry said that said his purpose was to refound the state by establishing a new constitution, combating corruption, altering the electoral system, and holding free, genuine, and transparent elections.

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He also stated that he will honor all of the country’s national and international commitments.

Guinea’s military regime has not stated how long elections will take to conduct.

Nevertheless, it states that anyone who contributes to the interim administration, which will have a civilian prime minister, will be ineligible to run for office.

Col Doumbouya is barred from contesting future elections under plans to restore civilian rule announced this week.

Meanwhile, the former president, Alpha Conde’s whereabouts remain unclear after he was detained by Col Mamady Doumbouya and his military team.

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