Africa in 5 minutes: Mali interim President. Togo government resigned. Pubs to reopen while schools remain shut. Arrests over smuggling wild animal skin. 15 killed in western Ethiopia.

29th September 2020

Mali: Bah N'Daw was sworn in as interim president for the next 18 months

Following the coup, last month and long negotiations, a new interim president, Bah N'Daw, was sworn in on Friday.

His inauguration comes after Colonel Assimi Goita, who heads a junta of officers, named him as interim head of state on Monday. The junta named Goita himself interim vice president.

Mali's military staged a coup on August 18th to oust the country's elected leader, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The interim president, a former defence minister under Keita, is supposed to rule for a maximum of 18 months before staging nationwide elections.

Togo: Prime minister and government step down

Togo's prime minister and his government have resigned, the West African nation's presidency said late Friday.

The move had been expected after President Faure Gnassingbe was reelected in February for a fourth term in office, but the changes were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Komi Selom Klassou has served as prime minister since 2015.

Gnassingbe congratulated Klassou and his team for their "economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world," a statement on the presidency's official website said.

Kenya: Pubs to reopen while schools remain shut

As of Tuesday pubs in Kenya will be allowed to operate after a 6-month lockdown.

The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta as he addressed the nation on the government's latest strategy to address the pandemic.

The operating hours of pubs, however, will be restricted to be closed by 22:00

But against expectation the president did not reopen schools, saying pupil safety had to be guaranteed.

Mr Kenyatta has extended a night-time curfew for a further 60 days but said it would start two hours later - now lasting from 23:00 to 04:00.

South Sudan: suspect arrested for smuggling wild animal skin

A suspected ringleader of the smuggling network had been arrested in South Sudan after the Security officers seized ore than 320kg of wild animal skins smuggled from South Africa.

The haul was confiscated at the international airport in the capital, Juba, after being flown in on an Ethiopian Airlines flight, said South Sudan's director-general for Wildlife Services, Aldo Geake.

Animal skins are used for a wide variety of purposes - including making clothes, shoes and handbags.

Ethiopia: Attackers kill at least 15 people

Armed attackers have killed at least 15 people in western Ethiopia, according to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Four of the victims in Friday’s pre-dawn assault in Benishangul-Gumuz region’s Metekel Zone were women, the EHRC said in a statement, expressing “deep alarm” over a “surge in attacks against civilians” in the area.

At least two instances of violence earlier this month in the same region bordering Sudan had resulted in the killing of civilians and forced at least 300 people from their homes.

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