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Former Ivory Coast president backs Ouattara for 2015 election DAOUKRO: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015, boosting his chances of a second term. Support from Bedie, who heads the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), was previously uncertain and some had speculated that his party would field a separate candidate."Before the nation assembled here, I am giving clear guidance to support your candidacy at the next presidential election," Bedie said, addressing Ouattara in a speech before political leaders in Bedie's home town of Daoukro.In the same speech, he urged party members to "gear up for battle" to help Ouattara's campaign, in words that could be aimed at rallying support among younger party members.In Ivory Coast's last presidential poll in 2010, defeated candidate Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept the result, leading to a post-election civil war that killed some 3,000 people. Bedie, who rivalled Ouattara in ...

Libyan PM seeks to reassert authority as oil production is hit BENGHAZI: Libya's acting prime minister sought to reassert authority over his turbulent country by naming a new cabinet on Wednesday, but some lawmakers threatened to veto his choices and a rival assembly continued to hold sway in the capital. In a sign of the government's inability to control the vast desert nation, which has been rocked by anarchy, Libya's biggest oilfield stopped working after rockets fired by an armed group hit a refinery storage tank. ...
West African powerhouse Ivory Coast battles to keep out Ebola ABIDJAN: The billboard depicts a masked health worker in a biohazard suit looming over a bed-ridden patient. Above them, bright red letters warn commuters on a busy Abidjan street that "The Ebola risk is always there".As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighbouring West African states, such grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere. The worst recorded outbreak of the virus has killed over 2,400 people ...
United Nations says $1bn needed to fight Ebola ISLAMABAD: Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago.UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Geneva there was a "huge funding challenge", warning that "if not dealt with effectively now, Ebola could become a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected," Khaleej Times Reported.The response to the crisis will require ...
Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control' ATLANTA: President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.Speaking as he unveiled a major new US initiative which will see 3,000 US military personnel deployed to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis, Obama said the outbreak was spreading "exponentially.""Here's the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is ...
Kenya aims to add 1,200 MW to creaking power grid NAIROBI: Kenya plans to add 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid from natural gas deposits, the energy minister said on Tuesday, taking steps to address chronic power shortages that critics say have discouraged investments.Davis Chirchir said the government was also considering a second attempt to seek bids for the construction of a 700 MW liquefied natural gas power plant near the port city of Mombasa.Firms who tendered last year for the LNG ...
Death toll hits 57 from Nigeria building collapse LAGOS: The death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at a megachurch in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos hit 57 on Tuesday, rescuers said, as they held out hopes that more survivors would be found.Eight bodies were pulled overnight from the rubble of a collapsed guesthouse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos' Ikotun neighbourhood, Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told AFP by text message.Farinloye said rescuers extracted a ...

 



 
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