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Nigeria will not delay elections ABUJA: The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them."We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news conference. President Goodluck Jonathan's National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki said last week that Nigeria should delay the election to allow more time for permanent voter cards (PVCs) to be distributed. Some 30 million have yet to be handed out. "We do not believe that the challenges of PVC distribution are such that it warrants rescheduling the election," Jega said. The opposition rejected Dasuki's comments as an attempt to let the date slip because of fears Jonathan and the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) might lose. How Nigeria, which has Africa's biggest economy, conducts the polls will be closely watched by investors and foreign ...

Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus."Lofa, the epicentre of the virus, has had no ...
Central African Republic minister kidnapped, another targeted BANGUI: Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, and a second minister narrowly escaped capture in a town to the north, officials said. The seizure of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the brief kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peace keepers. Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, ...
Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote LAGOS: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight against Boko Haram militants.Boko Haram has killed thousands, kidnapped hundreds and displaced more than a million people during its campaign to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.Overnight Boko Haram attacked ...
Lungu has slim lead in Zambia presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu has a slim lead after most votes have been counted in a presidential poll, the electoral commission said on Saturday, with the final tally due later in the day.With no reliable opinion polls in the southern African state, experts have struggled to call a winner in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.Patriotic Front candidate Lungu led rival Hakainde Hichilema 48.4 ...
40 dead in DR Congo protests: Human Rights Watch KINSHASA: Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence.The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a ...
Soweto looting spree sends foreign shopkeepers fleeing SOWETO: Nazil Munssi stared at his ravaged hardware store near Soweto township with tears in his eyes, despondent and terrified after anti-foreign mobs went on a looting rampage this week in South Africa."They are targeting all the foreigners," said Munssi, an Indian national who has lived in South Africa for 26 years. "I don't think it's a safe place anymore. There is no law and order."The outbreak of pillaging, which targeted dozens of stores, began ...


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