Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:
Congo: Sassou-Nguesso re-elected with 88.57% of vote
Incumbent leader Denis Sassou-Nguesso has won the presidential election with 88.57% of the vote, according to results from the electoral commission – Africa News reports
This win will see him serve as president for another five years. The 77-year-old leader has been in power for a total of 36 years.
No country should be left behind in Post-COVID-19 recovery – Okonjo-Iweala
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has stated the need to keep global trade flows open in order to ensure that developing and least-developed countries have access to essential medical goods to control the spread of COVID-19 and are able to use trade to drive sustainable economic recovery – All Africa reports
Okonjo-Iweala, disclosed this while speaking alongside other heads of international organisations during the first day of a high-level virtual plenary session on Tuesday, 23rd March.
“The post-COVID recovery must not leave anyone, or any country, behind. The first step towards this goal must be a rapid, global vaccine rollout that ends the pandemic.” She said.
South Africa: 350 dairy cows starved to death in government-funded farm
About 350 cows were left starving to death at the state-funded Mantusini Dairy Project in South Africa – News 24 reports
The revelation was disclosed by the DA in the Eastern Cape following a visit to the project situated on 337 hectares of communal land.
Evidence indicates rape cases in Tigray – Abiy Ahmed
Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian Prime Minister, has confirmed that evidence has been found pointing to the incidence of rape cases by the country’s military in Tigray – News Central Africa reports
The PM, in a question and answer session, noted that cases are still being investigated but promised that perpetrators will be brought to book.
Libya’s rebel administration hands over power
The rebel administration in eastern Libya has finally handed power to the country’s new interim government in Tripoli – BBC Africa reports
Celebrating the handover, a ceremony took place on Tuesday, 23rd March, in Libya’s second city, Benghazi. A new Government of National Unity, led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and backed by the United Nations, was sworn in last week in Tripoli to remove the two rival administrations which have been fighting for control of Libya.