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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation awards 2017 crude oil contracts

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State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has awarded its 2017 crude oil term contracts to 39 companies, the company said on Tuesday. The contracts covering about 1.31 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil were awarded to 18 Nigerian companies, 11 international trading houses, five foreign refineries, three national oil companies and two “NNPC Group trading arms,” the firm ...

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Top 5 African Elections To Watch Out For in 2017

In 2017, more African countries will pursue the democratic path by conducting presidential, legislative and municipal elections. A public survey of elections conducted by the Pan-African research network Afro-barometer last year showed Africans distrust in national electoral commissions and the quality of their elections. Just over 40% of Africans in 36 countries believed that the last elections in their country were ...

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Gambia electoral commissioner flees country

Gambia’s electoral commission chairman has fled the country because he received threats after declaring President Yahya Jammeh the loser of a Dec. 1 election, a family member and a colleague said on Tuesday. It was not known where Alieu Momar Njai might have gone. President-elect Adama Barrow won the vote and Jammeh conceded defeat but on Dec. 9 he said ...

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Gambian security agents close two radio stations

Gambian security agents closed three private radio stations near the capital, Banjul, amid an escalating political crisis triggered by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his election defeat. Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, initially conceded defeat to opposition rival Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1 vote, but then called for a fresh poll, drawing condemnation from local ...

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Congo opposition leader sentenced to five years in prison

A court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced a political opposition leader to five years in prison on Wednesday, a human rights advocate said, a judgment that risks imperiling multi-party talks meant to organise a presidential election next year. The court found Franck Diongo, president of the opposition MLP party, guilty of illegally detaining three soldiers during violent protests last ...

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Africa in 2016: From long kisses to noise bans

Africa has contributed its fair share of captivating headlines this year, but submerged in the coverage of migrations and mass killings, Nigerian novelist and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani picks out some of the quirkier stories you might just have missed. Longest kiss For Zimbabwean MP Joseph Chinotimba, a loyal supporter of President Robert Mugabe, 2016 began with romance. The 66-year-old ...

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How Africa lost over $862.6b to illicit financial flows

Africa is losing large amounts of money through trade misinvoicing and leakages in the balance of payment with the active connivance of its political class, making illicit financial flows (IFFs) one of the major sources of economic loss to the continent. Through the manipulation of trade figures and leakages in the balance of payment, all African countries put together lost ...

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African Court rejuvenated for the next 10 years

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (AfCHPR) has set out a rejuvenated agenda for the next 10 years judging from its achievements and challenges over the past decade. “African Court is neither a Court for the States nor a Court of the Judges, but rather a Court for all African citizens desirous to see an Africa, which adopts ...

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