Protests in Guinea on President Alpha Conde’s bid to extend term

Via: Aljazeera

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Guinea are expected to take to the streets again over President Alpha Conde’s proposal to hold a referendum to change the constitution. They are angry because Conde wants to change the constitution to allow him to govern beyond his final, second term. Opposition parties have threatened to boycott the vote. More than 30 people have died since demonstrations began in October.

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South Africa takes over as AU chair

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Via: Aljazeera

The African Union (AU) has wrapped up its annual summit, with leaders pledging that the 55-member bloc will play a greater role in resolving protracted conflicts and work to unlock the continent’s economic potential. Tackling issues such as gender equality, climate change and boosting commerce through the creation of a new continental free trade area are also high on the AU agenda for 2020. Keeping with the summit theme of Silencing the Guns, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke of an Africa “that is prosperous and at peace with itself” as he took over as AU chair from his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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DRC moves to monopolise about 25 percent of all cobalt exports

Via: Aljazeera

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s biggest producer of cobalt, created a state monopoly that will buy all output not extracted by industrial operators in a bid to exert more control over the price of the key ingredient in rechargeable batteries. The central African nation dominates output of the metal, accounting for more than 70% of the global market in 2018. While most Congolese cobalt comes from large, mechanized mines operated by companies including Glencore Plc, artisanal miners can account for as much as a quarter of the nation’s output.

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