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TOP KENYAN LAWYERS SLAM GOVT OVER LOOMING IMPLOSION.

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Two top lawyers in Kenya have slammed the Ethiopian government for presiding over a chaotic governance structure that is sure to implode before long.

Donald Kipkorir of KTK Advocates in a tweet on Monday described the Ethiopian regime as the continent’s “successful benevolent dictatorship” which in his view was imploding. He criticized how a minority ethnic group had locked out the majority with a tight grip on power.

“Ethiopia on its way to be Africa’s most successful benevolent dictatorship is imploding … Its govt concentrated power on Tigray people that form only 6% of the population & locked out Oromo & Amhara that is 62%. Benevolent dictatorship wholly abjures tribalism, nepotism & corruption,” his tweet read.

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For his part, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, a lawyer who represented President Kenyatta in the 2017 election petition averred that Ethiopia’s survival was in question adding, “democratisation / openness is the only way out.”

Ethiopia’s government announced political reforms in January this year which move resulted in the mass release of prisonsers at the federal and regional state levels.

But in a shock move Premier Hailemariam Desalegn resigned his post last Thursday and the government subsequently imposed a state of emergency (SOE) with the reason that they needed to curb spreading violence.

Ethiopia’s political and security headaches are seen as a danger to the wider Horn of Africa region which already has a civil war raging in South Sudan and an insurgency in Somalia thanks to Al Shabaab. Diplomatic tensions are also high between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The SOE decision has been criticized by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union as eroding the goodwill that resulted from the announced reforms and prisoner releases. The African Union which is based in Addis Ababa is yet to comment on the development.

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Morocco Get $2.9bn Credit Line Approval from IMF

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $2.97 billion Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) to help Morocco face unexpected economic setbacks.



The IMF said in a statement that the new PLL arrangement “will provide insurance against external shocks and support the authorities’ efforts to further strengthen the economy’s resilience and promote higher and more inclusive growth”.

The two-year credit line signed on Monday is the fourth of its kind between Morocco and the IMF.

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In 2012 the IMF approved a $6.2 billion PLL for Morocco, then in 2014 the global finance body approved another worth $5 billion, and in 2016 another $3.5 billion was approved for Rabat.

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“Morocco’s economic growth remains strong in 2018 and is expected to accelerate in the medium term, provided that external conditions improve,” the IMF said. However, the outlook remains vulnerable to adverse external risks, including increased geopolitical risks and the volatility of global financial markets, it added.

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Lionel Messi wins record fifth Golden Shoe award

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award.




The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goalscorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32).

Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total.

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“The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi.

“I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.”

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane finished third in the rankings with 30 Premier League goals, while former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo – now at Juventus – ended the season with 26 goals in 27 league matches.

Messi currently leads Europe’s goalscoring charts once again, with 14 goals so far this term, as he targets a sixth Golden Shoe award.

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