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Mauritania’s President Returns Home After Shooting

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz has returned home from France for the first time since being wounded by one of his own soldiers last month. Thousands of people gathered at the airport Saturday to greet the president on his return to the capital, Nouakchott. Large crowds also lined the route between the airport and the […]

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Egypt’s President Grants Himself Sweeping Powers

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has caused controversy by putting himself above oversight and protecting Islamist lawmakers who support him. President Morsi Thursday declared that his decisions cannot be appealed by the courts or any other authority, citing a need to “protect the revolution.” The decree announced by his spokesman also bars Egypt’s judiciary from dissolving […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Grants Himself Sweeping Powers

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has issued a decree granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering retrials of former officials who tried to violently suppress last year’s popular revolution against longtime president Hosni Mubarak. In a statement read on state television by his spokesman Thursday, Mr. Morsi declared that his decisions cannot be appealed by the courts […]

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Mauritanian President Says Return Imminent

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz says he will return to his country “in a few days,” following treatment in France for a gunshot wound. The president spoke to journalists Tuesday in Paris, after meeting with French President Francois Hollande. Mr. Aziz was shot by a soldier outside the Mauritanian capital October 13, in what […]

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Cameroon President Celebrates 30 Years in Power

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Cameroon’s President Paul Biya marks 30 years in power Tuesday — an event the ruling party is greeting with celebrations, while the opposition plans to protest. Supporters of the 79-year-old president say he has brought stability to Cameroon, a nation of 20 million with vast ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. Opponents call him a dictator […]

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Niece, Doctor Charged in Plot to Poison Benin’s President

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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A niece and the doctor of Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi are among three people charged in an alleged plot to poison him by switching his medication. The state prosecutor says the niece, the doctor and former commerce minister Moudjaidou Soumanou have been arrested and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy for their roles in […]

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Somali President Vows to Reset Security after Assassination Attempt

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Incoming Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud — the target of an assassination attempt earlier this week — says restoring security will be his first order of business once he officially assumes office Sunday. Mr. Mohamud spoke Saturday to VOA from the country’s heavily-fortified presidential palace in Mogadishu. He arrived there Thursday — three days early […]

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Somali President Moved to Palace Early, After Attack

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s new president has been moved to the presidential palace, one day after militants tried to bomb the hotel where he was staying. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was not due to move into the palace, known as Villa Somalia, until an official transfer of power ceremony on Sunday. But the president moved in early, after […]

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Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Rohingya

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Than Lwin Htun, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

Ghana’s President Focuses On December Elections

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s new president says his immediate challenge is to get the government to continue working smoothly as rival political parties prepare for December elections. John Dramani Mahama, Ghana’s former vice president, took power last month after the unexpected death of his predecessor John Atta Mills. Mr. Mahama told VOA in an interview that the transfer […]

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