Top Africa stories: Zim white farmers, SADC, Libya

2017-08-24 08:30

Angola heads to polls as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Luanda - Angolans vote on Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite the economic crisis.

The MPLA, which has ruled since Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975, is expected to defeat opposition parties that are stifled by Dos Santos's authoritarian regime.

Dos Santos's unexpected retirement - reportedly prompted by ill health - has triggered the biggest political transition in decades for Angola, a leading oil exporter in Africa.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

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ISIS blamed for Libya attack on pro-Haftar forces

Benghazi - At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli, a spokesperson for his forces said.

"At least nine soldiers were beheaded... in addition to two civilians" at the checkpoint about 500km south of Tripoli, Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari said, blaming the Islamic State jihadist group for the gruesome attack.

No group has yet claimed the attack at dawn on a checkpoint run by Haftar's forces in the Al-Jufra region.

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MDC to SADC: 'Ensure free and fair elections in Zim's 2018 polls

Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ensure free and fair elections in Zimbabwe next year. 

In a statement, MDC's spokesperson Obert Gutu said: "We would like to call upon SADC to do whatever is within its power to ensure that next year’s elections in Zimbabwe be held in a free and fair environment that will guarantee a credible outcome.

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Zim's evicted white farmers to launch fresh bid for justice, compensation

Harare – Zimbabwean white commercial farmers, who were kicked out of their properties at the height of the southern African country’s chaotic land reforms, have launched a fresh bid for "justice and compensation" amid violent invasions of the few remaining white-owned farms.

The displaced farmers had since notified President Robert Mugabe's government, through a South Africa based civil rights group, Afriforum, of their intention to approach the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with a view to be compensated by the Harare administration.

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LATEST: At least 2 children among victims of Guinea landslide disaster

Conakry - Authorities in the west African nation of Guinea say at least five people are dead after a landslide buried residents in a suburb of the capital.

The tragedy was announced on Tuesday by Boubacar Kasse, spokesperson for Guinea's security minister. He said two children were among the victims of the disaster, which took place near a landfill.

The official toll was expected to rise as neighbours recounted seeing more than five bodies pulled from the rubble throughout the day.

Landslide

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