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Latest update : 2018-05-21

Burundi approves new constitution allowing president to extend time in power

Burundi votes for constitutional change in a referendum potentially opening the way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to further extend his rule. Also, a major vaccination programme is rolled out in the DRC in a bid to tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak. And NGOs demand justice for a Sudanese woman facing the death penalty for killing the husband she says tried to rape her.

In Burundi, election officials say voters have backed constitutional reforms that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034. This comes after a referendum which the opposition decried as undemocratic. Nkurunziza's controversial decision to stand for re-election in 2015 sparked an attempted coup and a crackdown in which at least 1,200 people lost their lives.

Also, a vaccination programme has been launched in DR Congo in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. At least 26 people are believed to have been killed in the latest outbreak of the deadly virus. Conditions in the country mean the immunisation campaign is fraught with difficulties but the World Health Organization says preparedness has significantly improved since the Ebola epidemic which hit West Africa in 2014.

And this weekend saw protesters in Nairobi demand justice for a woman whose case has come to highlight issues of forced marriage and marital rape in Sudan. Noura Hussein is in jail there, potentially facing death by hanging for fatally stabbing the husband she says tried to rape her. Noura claims she was tricked into marriage by her family when she was 16. We spoke to Naitore Nyamu in Nairobi, a lawyer with Equality Now, one of the NGOs campaigning on Noura Hussein's behalf.

By Christopher MOORE , Laura DI BIASIO

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2018-08-10 Richelle HARRISON PLESSE

Zimbabwe: Chamisa's lawyers contest election results in court

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2018-08-09 Georja CALVIN-SMITH

Zambia accused of illegal handover of Zimbabwean opposition figure

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2018-08-06 Yi SONG

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa appeals for peace, Chamisa questions result

Zimbabwe's opposition rejects President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow election win. This as the president calls for unity and praises the vote as "free, fair and credible". Also,...

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2018-08-08 Georja CALVIN-SMITH

DR Congo: President Joseph Kabila will not run in presidential elections

After years of speculation, President Joseph Kabila has said he will not run for a third term in DR Congo’s presidential elections in December. Instead, former interior minister...

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2018-08-07 Georja CALVIN-SMITH

Nigeria: security forces block lawmakers from entering parliament

Nigeria's spy chief has been sacked after security forces prevented lawmakers from entering parliament. Also, Kenyans and Tanzanians marked the 20th anniversary of the East...

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