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Liberia ruling party expels President Johnson Sirleaf

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Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled the country’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is accused by party leaders of meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat.

Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been in power for 12 years, denies the party’s allegations that she held inappropriate private meetings with election magistrates before the Oct. 10 vote.

Four other party officials were also expelled, the party said in a statement distributed on Sunday.

“The behaviour of the expelled persons … constitutes sabotage and undermined the existence of the party,” said the statement announcing the decision, which was taken by the party’s executive committee late on Saturday.

A senior official in Johnson Sirleaf’s office declined to comment on the decision. The president and other officials were not immediately available on Sunday.

Former soccer star George Weah defeated the Unity Party’s Joseph Boakai in a landslide, marking the first democratic transition of power in Liberia – a nation founded by freed American slaves – in over 70 years.

Johnson Sirleaf was not allowed to run for re-election due to constitutional term limits. A split between her and Boakai burst into the open during the campaign.

The statement said Johnson Sirleaf and the other members had violated rules, including a requirement to support all Unity Party candidates in elections.

Weah will be sworn in later this month.

Johnson Sirleaf won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for helping secure peace after civil wars from 1989-2003. But her critics say she has not done enough to ease rampant poverty – a task complicated by a 2014-16 Ebola epidemic that killed thousands of Liberians.

Her administration has also faced repeated allegations of corruption and nepotism. She denies the accusations, but they resonated with many of the voters who rallied to Weah’s call for change.

Weah, who in 1995 became the only African to win FIFA World Player of the Year, now faces sky-high expectations from his base of young supporters. Others, who see him as lacking the experience and knowledge for the job, remain sceptical.

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Sudan Helicopter mishap leaves Governor, six others dead.

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At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.



The state’s governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.

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The officials had been carrying out a security tour of the province.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. State TV earlier reported that a plane, not a helicopter, had crashed. Al-Qadarif state is known for its farmland and agricultural projects.

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2018 ‘Unity Day’ marked with students in Ethiopia.

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The job of a leader of government is demanding, more so for a country of over a hundred million plus citizens.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, aside his high level engagements at home and with foreign visitors paying courtesy calls on him, made time last Friday to engage with young people.

The office of the Prime Minister reported of Abiy’s meeting with 140 grade six students pooled from across the country. The occasion was to mark the 13th edition of the Nations and Nationalities day.



Photos showed Abiy in a hearty engagement with the students in a garden at his office complex in the capital, Addis Ababa.

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Every December 8 is celebrated each year on a national scope as the day on which the rights and equality of the Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples were fully guaranteed under Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution.

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