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Burkina presidential guard ditches call for PM to resign OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's presidential guard has ditched its call for interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida to resign, after the premier promised Thursday not to dismantle the elite unit, military sources said.During talks in the capital Ouagadougou Zida promised to maintain the presidential security regiment (RSP) after having called for its dissolution in December, several officers told AFP.There was "no question of dissolving the RSP", which would instead be reformed so that it no longer only served the head of state, senior military sources told AFP.In return the RSP abandoned the call it issued Wednesday for Zida's resignation."The composition of the government is not a matter for the army. The prime minister was not named by the army and the army cannot dismiss him," the sources said.The compromise was seen as averting further possible unrest in the impoverished West African country, less than four months after longtime president Blaise Compaore was ...

DR Congo rejects UN ultimatum to sack tainted generals KINSHASA: The Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday rejected a United Nations ultimatum for two tainted generals leading an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country's east to be replaced."For us, we would only replace someone in the (army high) command if that person had been convicted by our military courts. Yet, no such thing has happened," government spokesman Lambert Mende told a press conference in Kinshasa.The UN's 20,000-strong MONUSCO force had been working with ...
'Even Jesus' would have tripped: spin doctor on Mugabe fall LONDON: Zimbabwean state media and spin doctors rushed Thursday to defend 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe's honour after he fell from a staircase, saying "even Jesus" would have tripped under the circumstances.Mugabe missed a step as he walked off a podium Wednesday at Harare International Airport where he was addressing supporters after returning from Ethiopia where he was elected African Union chairman last week."President Mugabe yesterday tripped over a poorly laid-out carpet at Harare International Airport, ...
Nigeria may push back deadline for voter ID handout: INEC LAGOS: Nigeria's election body said Wednesday that it may push back the deadline for distributing voter identity cards but denied media reports that the vote itself could be postponed. The spokesman for Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Kayode Idowu, told AFP that the body may allow voter ID cards to be handed out after the current February 8 deadline. However he described media reports about a possible election postponement as "completely false".The prospect of an ...
Burkina presidential guard calls for PM to step down: security sources OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's elite presidential guard is calling for interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida to step down, security sources said Wednesday.Members of the army's presidential security regiment (RSP) "are calling for the resignation of the prime minister," who has been in the job for little more than two months, following a popular uprising last year, the sources saidLast month, interim president Michel Kafando announced presidential and legislative elections will be held in October.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Barred Mugabe can travel to EU as AU head: official BRUSSELS: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe can visit the EU in his capacity as new head of the African Union despite a long-standing travel ban by Brussels, a spokeswoman said."This ban will be lifted when he is travelling under his African Union chairmanship capacity," European Commission spokeswoman Catherine Ray said.Asked if that would also apply to Mugabe's wife if she accompanied him, Ray said she would have to check.The EU issued a special invitation for Mugabe ...
Togo election set for mid-April: minister LOME: Togo's presidential election will be held in mid-April, a minister said Tuesday, clarifying a constitutional court ruling on the date of the vote.The cabinet is expected to set the date based on proposals from the national election commission, the minister for territorial administration, Gilbert Balawa, told AFP.A statement from Togo's constitutional court on Monday was interpreted to mean that voting had to take place no later than March 5, a timeline that opposition leader ...


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