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ETHIOPIA’S PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has offered to resign from his position as premier of the country and chairman of the ruling coalition.

State media Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) confirmed the news on social media, saying Desalegn had submitted his letter to the the House of People’s Representatives and that he hoped the council would accept his request.

Desalegn’s resignation comes as the country struggles to conatin a political crisis with unrest in the restive Oromia region.

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Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation.

Political prsioners including opposition figures have recently been released to ease tensions.

According to FBC, Desalegn sais he had done what he was able to do to solve the problem in the country.

“I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy,” the 53 year old leader.

Desalegn became prime minister of Eastern Africa’s biggest economy in 2012 after the death of his predecessor, Meles Zenawi. He was elected chairman of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on 12 September 2012.

He has previosuly served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

An engineer by training, Desalegn is credited with maintaining the country’s economic progress, overseeing grand projects like the standard guage railway and the Grand Renaissance dam.

But his failure to deal with a political crisis that has seen hundreds of people die in demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses, since 2015, has proved costly.

Hailemariam said he would stay on as prime minister in a caretaker capacity until the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the country’s parliament accepted his resignation and named a new premier.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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