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Sudan's Darfur votes in referendum boycotted by rebels KHARTOUM: Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum.The three-day vote is expected to maintain the five-state system, which President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party says is more efficient but which observers say gives Khartoum greater control over Darfur.The ethnic minority insurgents who rebelled against the Arab-dominated government in 2003 claiming their region was being marginalised say the vote cannot be fair because of ongoing fighting.But Bashir -- wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges related to Darfur -- has insisted the situation is stable enough for voting to go ahead."It is the people of Darfur who choose whether they want states or one region and we are holding this referendum so that no one else can come and say we want this or that," ...

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Kenyan finance minister says financial system sound, governor warns bankers NAIROBI: Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Friday that the country's financial system was very sound, a day after privately-owned Chase Bank Kenya was put under receivership. Central bank Governor Patrick Njoroge said he had warned commercial officials of stern action if they put depositors' money at risk. Rotich told a news conference the ministry was working closely with the central bank to isolate and contain the impact of two closed banks on the ...

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Strategic Djibouti votes in presidential election DJIBOUTI: Voters in Djibouti went to the polls on Friday, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.Six candidates are vying for the presidency in the tiny Horn of Africa country, whose strategic location at the gateway to the Red Sea has attracted powers such as the US, France and China as a prime location for military bases.Guelleh is the clear frontrunner, ...

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Strategic Djibouti votes in presidential election DJIBOUTI: Voters in Djibouti went to the polls on Friday, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation courted by world powers.Six candidates are vying for the presidency in the tiny Horn of Africa country, whose strategic location at the gateway to the Red Sea has attracted powers such as the US, France and China as a prime location for military bases.Guelleh is the clear frontrunner, ...

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Nigeria's president receives breakdown of long-awaited budget ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has received details of the long-awaited 2016 budget bill which he wanted to check before signing into law, his assistant said on Thursday, as lawmakers blamed delays on "sloppy" work by government officials. Buhari withdrew his original budget bill in January because of an unrealistic oil price assumption and flaws in the draft. Lawmakers approved an amended proposal last month but only submitted highlights, rather than the whole document, to ...

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Sudan's Bashir says to step down in 2020 KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that he will step down in 2020 after his current term in office ends."In 2020, there will be a new president and I will be an ex-president," Bashir said in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Thursday.Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, seized power in a 1989 coup.The 72-year-old career soldier won a new term last April in elections marred ...

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Runner-up in Congo poll 'accepts' Sassou Nguesso win BRAZZAVILLE: The runner-up in Republic of Congo's election called on his supporters on Wednesday to accept the official results of the violence-tainted poll that returned longtime president Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas said he did not wish to stir up controversy by challenging Monday's Constitutional Court's finding that Sassou Nguesso, Congo's ruler of 32 years, won last month's election with over 60 percent of the vote."I accept the Constitutional Court's verdict, however questionable," ...