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Togo president extends lead in vote: partial results LOME: Togo's incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe has extended a strong lead over his main rival in a weekend poll, according to the latest partial results issued Tuesday.Gnassingbe looked poised to win a third term, with 69 percent of the vote against almost 18 percent for challenger Jean-Pierre Fabre, according to figures from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).Gnassingbe's family has ruled the small west African country for almost half a century.The president, who first came to power in 2005 on the death of his iron-fisted father Gnassingbe Eyadema, saw his bid for a third term sharply boosted by overwhelming support from the north of the country, a family stronghold. Figures released so far by the CENI concern about 26 percent of the estimated number of voters in Saturday's election.Tchaboure Gogue, one of three candidates from small opposition parties who chose to take on both Fabre and the president, also found ...

Burundi president sticks to third term bid despite protests BUJUMBURA: Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza will continue his bid for a third term in power, a spokesman said Tuesday dismissing calls by protestors who have clashed with police for three days.At least five people have died since clashes broke out Sunday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated Nkurunziza its candidate in for presidential elections due to be held in the central African nation on June 26."We won't back ...
One dead, 90 injured in South Africa train crash: officials JOHANNESBURG: A train driver was killed and at least 90 other people injured on Tuesday when two crowded commuter trains collided in Johannesburg, South African officials said, adding that emergency teams had cut one woman free from the wreckage."Paramedics, along with various services, arrived on the scene and found the wrecked trains blocking the tracks completely," Russel Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 paramedic group, said."Bent metal and parts of the train had been spread across ...
I.Coast's Ouattara nominated to seek re-election as president ABIDJAN: The ruling coalition in Ivory Coast on Saturday nominated incumbent President Alassane Ouattara for re-election in October's presidential poll as the country seeks to move on from years of political turmoil.Ouattara's official nomination was announced by former Ivorian head of state Henri Konan Bedie, with Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba also attending a grand ceremony held in the country's biggest stadium in Abidjan.The 73-year-old Ouattara, decked out in a white hat and shirt, made ...
Togo votes for a new president LOME: Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century.Polling stations in the tiny West African nation open at 0700 GMT, with some 9,000 police and soldiers on patrol, and with borders shut until Sunday morning for security reasons.Gnassingbe, 48, has been in power since the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, in 2005, ...
Ebola retreat brings cheer to Sierra Leone chimps FREETOWN: In the rising afternoon humidity 30-year-old Tom sits in the shade, picking fleas off his neighbour, unaware of how close he came to losing his home to Ebola.Tom is a chimpanzee -- one of around 5,500 in Sierra Leone for whom the tropical fever poses as deadly a threat as it does to humans.His rainforest sanctuary in the verdant hills around the capital Freetown suddenly found itself forced to close in August last year ...
Billion dollar wildlife and gold trade fuelling DR Congo war: UN NAIROBI: Smuggling of ivory, gold and timber worth over a billion dollars a year is fuelling war by funding dozens of rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN report warned on Friday."Militarised criminal groups with transnational links are involved in large-scale smuggling" of "gold, minerals, timber, charcoal and wildlife products such as ivory" of up to $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euros) each year from eastern DRC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said.The revenues ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln