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Comoros President sworn in for fourth term after disputed poll

Comoros President sworn in for fourth term after disputed poll

COMOROS President Azali Assoumani pledged to work for peace and rapidly grow the economy as he was sworn in for his fourth term in office, following a tense January election which his opponents claim was tainted by voter fraud. One person was killed and at least 25 injured in violent protests that erupted in the country, a group of three islands off the coast of Mozambique, after the election body declared him re-elected to another five-year term with 63% of the vote. Comoros, with a population of about 800,000, has experienced around 20 coups or attempted coups since winning independence…
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Chad’s Deby sworn in as president after three years of military rule

Chad’s Deby sworn in as president after three years of military rule

CHAD'S newly elected President Mahamat Idriss Deby was sworn in to succeed his late father, after three years as an interim leader under military rule in the central African country. Deby seized power after rebels killed his father, long-standing President Idriss Deby, as he was visiting troops fighting militias in the north of the country in 2021. The older Deby had ruled Chad - which is rich in oil resources but one of the poorest countries in Africa - since a coup in the early 1990s. Chad was the first of six junta-led states in West and Central Africa to…
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Congolese President Tshisekedi sworn in for second term after disputed vote

Congolese President Tshisekedi sworn in for second term after disputed vote

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in for a second five-year term on Saturday after a landslide victory his opponents have refused to recognise due to widespread irregularities over the December general election. Authorities have acknowledged there were issues but dismissed allegations the vote was stolen. The fractious standoff echoes previous electoral disputes that fuelled unrest in Africa's second-largest country, with protests breaking out in two eastern cities. Tshisekedi took the oath of office in a stadium in the capital Kinshasa packed with flag-waving supporters, government officials, African heads of state and foreign envoys including from the United States, China, and…
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Lula takes over in Brazil, slams Bolsonaro’s anti-democratic threats

Lula takes over in Brazil, slams Bolsonaro’s anti-democratic threats

ANTHONY BOADLE and GABRIEL STARGARDTER LUIZ Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as Brazil's president, delivering a searing indictment of far-right former leader Jair Bolsonaro and vowing a drastic change of course to rescue a nation plagued by hunger, poverty and racism. In a speech to Congress after officially taking the reins of Latin America's biggest country, the leftist said democracy was the true winner of the October presidential vote when he ousted Bolsonaro in the most fraught election for a generation. Bolsonaro, who left Brazil for the United States on Friday after refusing to concede defeat, rattled the…
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Mali coup leader sworn in as president

Mali coup leader sworn in as president

ASSIMI Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections as he was sworn in as interim president. Goita, a 38-year-old special forces commander, had already been declared president by the constitutional court last month after ousting Bah Ndaw, but was formally sworn in on Monday during a ceremony in the capital Bamako. He is under pressure from regional and international powers to ensure elections go ahead next February as scheduled, who worry the political upheaval could jeopardise gains made against Islamist insurgents based in the…
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