Political Unrest
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Political turmoil triggers militia uprising in Congo

Africa | Government forces kill more than 100 people in clashes with militia group
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/17, 11:32 am

Clashes between soldiers and a militia group in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 101 people, the United Nations human rights group said Tuesday. Analysts warn fighting likely will continue as frustration over the country’s ongoing political turmoil triggers additional militia uprisings.

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Cameroonians protest government refusal to speak their language

Africa | English speakers say the French-speaking majority is marginalizing them
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/09/17, 10:48 am

English speakers in Cameroon are persisting with strikes for greater equality in the bilingual country, and the resulting crackdown by French-speaking government officials appears to have inflamed the conflict.

The country’s teachers and lawyers, who began to strike in October, have argued French language is used overbearingly in the country’s English-speaking regions. The government has responded by shutting down the Internet for nearly a month, among other restrictive measures.

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Somalia elects new president

Somalia | Corruption allegations and security concerns threatened the vote
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/17, 01:06 pm

Somalia’s parliament has elected and sworn in Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the country’s new president. The election occurred amid corruption allegations and security threats.

Farmajo was declared the country’s president when incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded after two rounds of voting.

“This victory is the beginning of the era of unity, the democracy of Somalia, and the beginning of the fight against corruption,” Farmajo said after taking the oath of office.

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