Benin: President Patrice Talon sworn in, Pitso Mosimane breaks down after ‘cold reception’ at Sundowns | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Benin: President Patrice Talon sworn in

Re-elected Benin President, Patrice Talon, has been sworn in; disclosing on Friday, 21st May that he saw no need for a pardon or amnesty for opponents arrested following violence during the electoral campaign – Africa News reports

Talon had won 86.3 per cent in the April 11 ballot, which many critics have described as biased and in his favour after a crackdown on opposition leaders left most of them exiled or disqualified from running.

“I am not considering impunity, I am not considering turning a blind eye to what happened, or pardoning or giving any amnesty,” Talon said during an interview with broadcaster France 24 when asked about possible gestures of appeasement.

Pitso Mosimane breaks down after ‘cold reception’ at Sundowns

South Africa football manager, Pitso Mosimane, was in tears after he received a cold welcoming in Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League quarterfinal clash against Al Ahly – News Central Africa reports

The coaching hero of the club who won a CAF Champions League and the Premier Soccer League for his team, couldn’t contain his emotions as he spoke with the Press after a 3-1 aggregate win against his former team.

U.S. imposes restrictions on Ethiopia assistance over Tigray

The United States of America has disclosed that it will impose wide-range restrictions on economic and security assistance to Ethiopia over the atrocities in Tigray – Reuters Africa reports

Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State disclosed in a statement on Sunday, 23rd May, that the new actions by the United States are to press for a resolution of the crisis: “The time for action from the international community is now.”

Volcanic eruption in DR Congo leaves people homeless

Residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo returned to destroyed houses after a large volcano erupted, many are still searching for missing loved ones – BBC Africa reports

Mount Nyiragongo spewed out a river of lava on Saturday, 22nd May, but stopped short of Goma, a city of two million people south of the volcano.

According to authorities, at least 15 deaths have been confirmed, but the number is likely to rise as officials reach the hardest-hit areas.

Madagascar faces famine in worst drought in 40 years

Historic drought, sandstorms caused by deforestation and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected southern Madagascar into region’s worst nutrition crisis in decades – All Africa reports

According to reports, some 74,000 children are acutely malnourished.

It is estimated that more than a million people face hunger in the country’s worst drought in 40 years. An immediate and massive increase in food aid is urgently needed for the region, says Médecins Sans Frontières.


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