West Africa

APC dethroned in Sierra Leone; Julius Maada Bio sworn in as president

The new leader briefly ruled the country as head of a military junta in 1996.

Ghana on map

Ghana teachers commence indefinite strike

“When the senior high schools reopen on April 16, nobody should expect our members to be present.”

Cameroon

Cameroon army frees 18 hostages held in Anglophone region

The group was abducted on its way to the Twin Lakes in Mount Manengouba National Park.

Sierra Leone Poll: Heads of Int’l Observation Missions meet ahead result announcement

“This tension is what the heads of observation missions are resolved to douse.”

Sierra Leone presidential run-off: Vote counting commences

Voting closed 5p.m.

Voters in Sierra Leone return to polls for presidential run-off

Run-off vote is between opposition leader Julius Maada Bio and ruling party candidate Samura Kamara.

We’re ready for Saturday’s run off Poll – Sierra Leone NEC

The commission was deploying some 63,000 permanent and ad-hoc staff across the 11,122 polling stations.

Thousands of Ghanaians protest expanded military cooperation with U.S.

“They (the American military) become a curse everywhere they are, and I am not ready to mortgage my security.”

President Deby of Chad to stay on until 2033

A two-week forum made the recommendation.

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No Niger fighters in Libya – Ambassador

“The ambassador of Niger denied presence of any armed opposition groups of his country on Libyan soil.”

Sierra Leone Supreme Court postpones presidential election

The NEC requested the delay.

Sierra Leone High Court vacates interim injunction on Tuesday’s presidential run-off

The run-off will be between the opposition leader Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party and Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress

Ghana’s parliament ratifies deal granting “unimpeded” access to U.S. troops

According to the agreement, the Americans will use Ghana’s radio spectrum for free.

Gambia will ‘collapse’ if Nigerian professionals leave – VP

At about 30,000 strong, Nigeria also has by far the largest population of foreign nationals living in The Gambia.

Cameroon President, Paul Biya

Cameroon’s aging Biya holds first cabinet meeting since 2015

A letter calling his council of ministers to the Unity Palace did not reveal the agenda.

Sierra Leone Polls: Run-off declared as opposition candidate, Maada Bio, wins first round

The run-off between the ruling and opposition candidates will hold March 27

Sierra Leone’s electoral commission orders recount of ballots in 247 Polling Stations

The stations are located in 16 districts in the country

Opposition candidate leads in Sierra Leone with 75% result declared

NEC says recount of votes underway in some districts offices.

Sierra Leone election too close to call with half results in

The election looks set for a second round.

Sierra Leone elections credible – EU

The body however says intimidation and instances of violence marred the elections.

Lassa fever

Liberia confirms 3 more Lassa fever deaths

Liberia has confirmed a total of 12 deaths so far, out of a total of 28 cases of Lassa fever since the beginning of the year

Sierra Leone Polls: Why we won’t announce results now – NEC

The general elections were held on Wednesday

Polls open in Sierra Leone general elections amidst calls for fairness

About 3.1 million voters are expected to choose amongst 16 candidates aiming to succeed President Ernest Bai Makoro.

3.17 million Sierra Leonean set to vote for new leaders

Election observers called for free, fair elections.

Jonathan urges credible, peaceful elections in Sierra Leone

The ex-Nigerian leader meets President Koroma, NEC, candidates and other stakeholders.