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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 the president's office.This prompted Buhari to say he would only sign the bill after checking it "ministry by ministry", and requested lawmakers to submit the document in its entirety. Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy, is facing its biggest crisis for years after oil revenues, which make up about 70 percent of national income, slumped along with global oil prices."The budget details have been transmitted to His Excellency, Mr President today. The constitutional process begins thereafter," Senator ...

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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," ...

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South Africa's Zuma appoints head of anti-corruption body JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma, who faces an impeachment vote, on Tuesday named a private sector advocate with links to finance minister Pravin Gordhan to head the police's corruption-busting Special Investigating Unit (SIU).Andy Mothibi is currently head of Legal, Governance, Risk and Compliance at Johannesburg-based healthcare services firm Medscheme.Before that, he worked for nearly two years as head of Operational Risk Management at Standard Bank, Africa's biggest bank by assets, and served in the ...

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South Africa's Zuma faces impeachment move in parliament CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma faces an impeachment attempt in parliament Tuesday after the country's top court ruled that he had violated the constitution over spending on his private residence.Zuma will almost certainly survive the impeachment vote, which requires a two-thirds majority, as his ruling African National Congress holds an overwhelming number of seats.Despite rumblings of discontent within the party over a series of scandals involving the president, there is unlikely to be ...

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African leaders' relatives named in Panama Papers PARIS: A nephew of South African President Jacob Zuma and the son of Ghana's former president John Agyekum Kufuor were among African figures named in the Panama Papers trove of leaked tax documents.Zuma's nephew, Clive Khulubuse Zuma, is a cigar-chomping mining magnate who is thought to own up to 19 collectible cars.The documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show that Khulubuse Zuma was authorised to represent Caprikat Limited, one of two offshore companies that ...

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South African parliament to debate Zuma impeachment motion on Tuesday JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's parliament will debate on Tuesday a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said on Sunday, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution.South Africa's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla .Since Thursday's ...