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AFRICA NOW: November 10, 2016

Ivory Coast Voters Back New Constitution

Citizens in the Ivory Coast recently passed a new bill that will implement a new constitution across the country.

The constitution was passed on Nov. 1 with 93.42 percent support, despite opposition leaders who reportedly accused President President Alassane Ouattara of trying to line up a successor for himself after his term ends in 2020.

Ahead of the vote, Ouattara, who originally proposed the revised constitution, reportedly proclaimed that the new document will help end years of instability within the country, as stated by Al Jazeera.

In the new document is also expected to create a vice president, picked by the president, set up a senate, a third of whom would be nominated by the head of state and eradicate a contested clause formulated in 2000, that stipulates that both parents of a presidential candidate must be born on Ivorian soil and not have sought nationality in another country.


South Sudan at Risk of Famine

A displaced woman carries goods as United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peacekeepers patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Juba. /Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images
A displaced woman carries goods as United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peacekeepers patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Juba. /Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

 

With more than two years of fighting, a deteriorating economy, soaring food prices and fluctuating rainfall, nearly half of South Sudan’s population could face famine by the end of 2016, according to the United Nations World Food Program.

The program calls for almost $230 million in food and nutrition relief, projecting that the Sudan nation is headed toward one of the worst lean seasons since declaring its independence five years ago, with an estimated 5 million people at risk.


As social relations deteriorate between those loyal to President Kiir and those loyal to former Deputy Riek Machar, who was fired by Kiir in 2013 for suspected plans of an overthrow, clashes between forces of two of South Sudan’s largest ethnic groups — Kiir’s dominant Dinka and Machar’s Nuer tribe — threatens the livelihoods of current residents.

Oil Pipelines Expected to Generate Wealth for Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli (left) and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni /Courtesy of YKM/Facebook via mgafrica.com)
Tanzanian President John Magufuli (left) and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni /Courtesy of YKM/Facebook via mgafrica.com)

Lawmakers and residents all along East Africa eagerly await the 2020 completion of the 1,403-kilometer crude oil pipelines, which are expected to generate massive income for Tanzania and neighboring countries.

The construction of the pipelines, which will transport crude oil from Hoima, Uganda, all the way to Tanga Port in Tanzania, is expected to provide more than 1,500 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs to African citizens, authorities say.

In a report issued by allafrica.com, Adam Kimbisa, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly who recently challenged Tanga regional authorities to exploit opportunities, released a statement proclaiming that Tanga Region was lucky to have the crude oil pipeline project and should adopt strategies to ensure it benefits residents in the region and nation.

Kimbisa said the latest venture should bring positive changes to the lives of local people through the implementation of regional protocol.

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