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Chad: Army appoints election runner-up as Prime Minister

Chad’s military junta on Monday, 26th April, appointed former prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacke, a runner-up in the Sahel country’s April 11 presidential election, as interim Prime Minister.

Padacke was the last prime minister under President Idriss Deby Itno, whose death in battle against rebels triggered the formation of a so-called Transitional Military Council (TMC) headed by his 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby.

SA celebrates 27 years of democracy

South Africa is celebrating 27 years of democracy since its first democratic elections in 1994 where every eligible voter got to cast their votes regardless of race – eNCA reports

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, is also set to lead the Day’s celebration under the theme “The year of Charlotte Maxeke, The meaning of Freedom under COVID-19”.

The president will deliver the keynote address in Botshabelo in the Free State.

Kenya Plans to Host World Rally Championship

East African country Kenya is preparing to host the return of the World Rally Championship on June 24-27 after a 19-year absence – News Central Africa reports

The country had been suspended by the FIA from hosting the event in 2002

However, participants have started rehearsal, some drivers tested the grounds during the African Rally Championship last Friday, many of them are excited about the return of the WRC.

Congo to lose 1.3 million COVID-19 shots after delayed distribution

Health authorities in The Democratic Republic of Congo are reallocating around 75% of the 1.7 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to other African countries to make sure they’re used before they expire – Reuters Africa reports

The Central African country had received the doses from the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility in March but delayed the rollout after several European countries suspended the use of the AstraZeneca shot in response to reports of rare blood clots.

South Sudan risks return to large-scale conflict – UN

The United Nations has warned that slow implementation of the peace accord in South Sudan is putting the country at risk of a return to large-scale conflict – Bbc Africa reports

A new report has recommended that the arms embargo be extended and for new sanctions against those who hinder the implementation of the peace deal.

Since its signing three years ago, the country has experienced many incidents of violence between supporters of President Salva Kiir, and his rival, Riek Machar, who under the terms of the agreement was reappointed vice-president.



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