05 March 18

Rwanda closes 700 churches over noise pollution, building regulations

Rwanda has closed around 700 churches and one mosque for failing to comply with building regulations and creating noise pollution.

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04 March 18

South Sudanese opposition leaders form coalition group

Leaders from nine opposition groups in South Sudan have formed a coalition group in a bid to accelerate the country’s struggling peace process.

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03 March 18

UN official says Burundi isn’t ready to hold elections in 2020

Michel Kafando, the United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Burundi, says the East African nation isn’t ready to hold credible elections in 2020.

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23 February 18

Burundi police forcing people to vote in referendum that could extend Nkurunziza rule

Police in Burundi are forcing people to enrol ahead of a national referendum on making changes to the constitution that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a fourth term in power, according to opposition groups in the country.

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21 February 18

Sudan releases students, activists arrested over ‘bread protests’

Sudan has released more than 80 students and political activist who were arrested last month during deadly protests over rising bread prices and government policies.

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15 February 18

Ethiopia: Prime minister steps down after mass protests

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his resignation at the country’s leader and head, following years of anti-government demonstrations.

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14 February 18

Kenya: Government allows 2 TV stations to resume broadcasting

Kenya’s government has restored transmission for two TV stations that were shut down last week for attempting to broadcast Raila Odinga’s ceremonial inauguration.

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13 February 18

Tanzania: Church accuses government of hurting democracy

Tanzania’s Catholic Church has accused President John Magufuli’s government of hurting democracy by suppressing freedom of expression.

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12 February 18

Kenya: Odinga slams foreign envoy calls to recognise Kenyatta government

Raila Odinga has responded to calls from foreign envoys for his party to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legitimacy by telling them to stay out of Kenya politics.

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09 February 18

DRC: Kabila aide says says president won’t stand in elections

Joseph Kabila’s aide says the Democratic Republic of Congo president won’t stand in this year’s scheduled election.

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