Moroccan tycoon Aziz Akhannouch’s party wins election

Morocco’s pro-business National Rally of Independents (RNI) party has won the most seats in the country’s parliamentary elections while the Justice and Development Party (PJD) that headed a ruling coalition for the past decade, suffered a crushing defeat. RNI, headed by billionnaire businessman Aziz Akhannouch, took 97 of the 395-seat parliament. Akhannouch, was minister for agriculture and fisheries during his time in

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Guinea’s military special forces staged a coup

An unverified video showed Guinea’s long-serving President Alpha Condé, 83, surrounded by soldiers, who said they had seized power. They appeared on state television telling the nation they had dissolved the government and constitution and closed all land and air borders for a week. The elite army unit’s head, Mamady Doumbouya-a former French foreign legionnaire – said “poverty and endemic corruption” had

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Madagascar President Rajoelina survives assassination attempt

The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday (July 20), the country’s prosecutor general’s office said. “Several foreign and Madagascar nationals were arrested on Tuesday, July 20, as part of an investigation into an attack on state security,” Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeal of Antananarivo Berthine Razafiarivony, said in a statement to the Press. There was

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Soldiers in Mali detain President, PM, Defence Minister deepening crisis

Military officers in Mali detained the president, prime minister and defence minister of the interim government on Monday (May 24), deepening political chaos in the West African country  just nine months after a military coup overthrew its previous leader  Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Diplomatic and government sources told Reuters and AFP that President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and defence minister Souleymane

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Nigeria’s army chief, 10 other officers killed in air force plane crash

Nigeria’s army chief, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers died in a plane crash Friday (May 21) on an official visit to the northern state of Kaduna, the presidency said. The incident occurred “due to inclement weather” as the plane was landing at the Kaduna International Airport, the armed forces said in a statement. President Muhammadu Buhari, a former general

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After buying 30 Rafale fighter jets Egypt expands military relations with Cyprus, Greece

Egypt is looking to strengthen military cooperation with Cyprus and Greece. This came during tripartite talks held by the defense ministers of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, who discussed military relations and other issues of common interest in Cyprus on Wednesday (May 19). Egypt, neighbouring war-torn Libya, has long positioned itself as a bulwark of stability in the region. Earlier this month, Egypt

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