Mali: Presidential election to hold in March, COVID-19: Morocco vaccinates more than four million people | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Mali: Presidential election to hold in March

West African country, Mali, will hold its presidential elections in March 2022, a statement by the country’s foreign minister reads – All Africa reports

The announcement came at the conclusion of the second meeting of the Transition Support Group in Mali which was held in Togo’s capital Lome on Monday, 8th March. The meeting was also co-chaired by the United Nation, the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“The presidential election is what interests everyone. In principle, it will take place in March 2022,” the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, told the media.

COVID-19: Morocco vaccinates more than four million people

North African country, Morocco has vaccinated over four million people since the launch of the COVID-19 immunisation campaign which began at the end of January – Africa News reports

To protect itself from the influx of coronavirus variants, the North African nation, on Monday, 8th March, suspended all flights with Poland, Norway, Finland, Greece, Lebanon and Kuwait, bringing the total number of countries affected by air restrictions to 26.

Senegal: Sonko calls for more protests after landing bail

Senegalese opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko has called for more protests after he was granted bail – News Central Africa reports

Sonko who was arrested last week after being accused of rape has left the country in a state of violent protests, leading to the country’s biggest political upheaval in years – At least eight people have been reportedly killed from the clashes that resulted from the protests.

Sonko, after his release on Monday, 8th March, charged his supporters to protest peacefully, even as he called for more demonstrations.

SA economy hit 11-year low in 2020

South Africa’s economy has recorded its first annual contraction in 11-years in 2020 due to the pandemic – eNCA reports

The nation’s gross domestic product declined by seven per cent in 2020 compared to a 0.2 per cent expansion in 2019. The drop was “primarily led by decreases in manufacturing, trade, catering and accommodation,” a report by StatSA revealed.

Bobi Wine charges Ugandans to peaceful protest

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has called for peaceful demonstrations against President Museveni, two months after Museveni was declared winner of a disputed presidential election – Aljazeera Africa reports

“I call upon you to rise up peacefully, unarmed and demonstrate against the regime that has oppressed us,” Bobi Wine said on Tuesday at the headquarters of his National Unity Platform in the nation’s capital, Kampala.


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