Zimbabwe: Political Party Leaders Preach Peace, Unity

[The Herald] Political parties taking part in the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) that was launched yesterday said the platform afforded Zimbabweans an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the country. The party leaders said this while addressing at least 5 000 people who thronged the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) for the ceremony.

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East Africa: Walking a Tightrope Between Giving Service and Loan Repayments

[East African] East Africa’s finance ministers are walking a tightrope in their quest to finance recurrent government operations and keep major infrastructure projects on course amid falling tax revenues that have weakened key debt sustainability indicators.

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South Sudan: Is the Peace Deal in South Sudan Holding?

[ISS] In September 2018 South Sudanese actors signed a new peace agreement to ‘revitalise’ the 2015 deal, which had collapsed. The new agreement, the result of months of negotiations led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), secured the buy-in of most of the parties to the conflict.

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As America and Iran act tough, the risk of conflict is growing

“THE WORST deal ever negotiated,” was President Donald Trump’s view of Barack Obama’s signature diplomatic achievement: a deal that placed strict limits on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. The agreement, signed in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, clumsily named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), made it much harder for Iran to build an atom bomb, at least for a while. But it has been on life support ever since Mr Trump declared a year ago that he was withdrawing from it.

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Uganda: Poll Shows Bobi’s Popularity Rising As Museveni’s Declines

[Citizen] If Ugandans had gone to the polls last month, President Museveni would score 32 per cent of the votes, which is way below the 50 per cent plus one vote that a presidential candidate requires to win an election outright, an opinion poll by Research World International shows.

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Mozambique: Aid Efforts Hampered by Rains After Cyclone Kenneth

[The New Humanitarian] Macomia/Mozambique -The needs of stricken communities are becoming evident in northern Mozambique and the Comoros islands in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth, with at least 45,000 homes destroyed and residents in remote rural areas urgently requiring food, water, shelter, and electricity.

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