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Nigeria president-elect says can't promise schoolgirls will be found ABUJA: Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cautioned the he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram exactly a year ago."We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them," he said in a statement."But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my government will do everything in its power to bring them home."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Buhari party wins majority of Nigeria states in regional vote LAGOS: The party of Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has won governorship elections in a majority of the country's 36 states, building its strength nationwide after a historic presidential win, official results on Monday showed.The All Progressives Congress (APC) held at least 21 governor's seats following Saturday's regional polls but could add to that tally with results from a handful of states still pending. President Goodluck Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had controlled the federal and ...
US, Europe demand Libya ceasefire as embassies attacked TRIPOLI: The United States and European powers pressed Libya's rival factions to set an "unconditional" ceasefire at talks restarting on Monday, as two attacks on foreign embassies were linked to Islamic State militants.A bomb exploded outside the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli, causing no casualties but damaging nearby cars, a security official. Like many others in the Libyan capital, the embassy is currently inactive.Morocco is hosting a UN-backed dialogue between representatives of the two rival governments ...
Polls open in Sudan presidential, parliamentary elections KHARTOUM: Polls opened on Monday in Sudanese presidential and parliamentary elections that are expected to extend the quarter-century rule of incumbent Omar al-Bashir as the opposition boycotts.Outside a polling station in Khartoum's El-Daim neighbourhood representatives of the candidates had already set up stalls, and inside electoral volunteers waited for the first voters in the three-day elections which have already drawn international criticism. A team of four local observers watched over the ballot boxes, while the ...
Buhari's party wins Lagos vote, shoring up Nigeria rule LAGOS/ONITSHA: The party of Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari has retained the Lagos state governorship, the electoral commission said on Sunday, consolidating his administration's power by giving it control of the commercial capital. While voting was extended in several other states due to violence or voting irregularities, the result in Lagos means it will be the first time since the end of military rule in 1999 that the governor of that key state and the president ...
South Africa opposition leader steps down JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's opposition leader Helen Zille announced Sunday she would step down from her position at the party congress next month.Her departure is seen by many as an opportunity for a black leader to take the helm of Democratic Alliance as it continues its crusade to win black support.Zille, a white woman who has been the DA leader since 2007, said her decision not to stand for re-election was in the interests of the ...
Nigeria votes for state governors, local assemblies LAGOS: Nigeria votes in gubernatorial and state assembly polls on Saturday, bringing to an end a remarkable election cycle that saw the first win for an opposition presidential candidate in the country's history.Governorship elections are being held in 29 of Nigeria's 36 states and in local assemblies in all states, with polls due to open at 8:00 am (0700 GMT) for registration and voting getting underway in the afternoon.The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is ...


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