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Zuma Re-elected South African President

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Jacob Zuma has been re-elected president of South Africa for a second term by the National Assembly.

Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid 20 years ago, won the May 7 elections with about 62 per cent of the vote.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance objected to Zuma’s re-election, saying he was unfit for the post, because an ombudsman’s report had shown he had unduly profited from security upgrades to his rural homestead.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report said Zuma spent 20 million dollars in taxpayers’ money on the upgrades which included a swimming pool and an amphitheatre.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who swore in the new MPs, accepted the ANC argument that any member of the assembly could be elected president.

ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete was elected speaker of parliament.

The big novelty was the presence of the new radical left-wing party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which came third in the elections, taking six per cent of the vote.

EFF members wore red boiler suits or dressed like domestic workers to show they represented the poor, in contrast to most other MPs, who chose formal attire.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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