GLIC Daily Report Series 1.16
A pro-Palestinian demonstration leaves one dead
Clashes between police and a pro-Iranian Nigerian Shiite group protesting against Israel’s incursion into Gaza left one person dead and several injured on Thursday in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) took to the streets of the city on Thursday, carrying Palestinian flags and mannequins representing dead children, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people and denouncing Israel in the war that has pitted it against Hamas since 7 October.
African news Nigeria: a pro-Palestinian demonstration leaves one dead November 17, 2023
Voting ends in Madagascar presidential election boycotted by opposition
Voting has ended in Madagascar’s presidential election after a turbulent campaign marred by boycotts and allegations of election irregularities. President Andry Rajoelina, a former DJ who first came to power with the backing of the army in 2009, is seeking a second consecutive term in office.
Aljazeeral Voting ends in Madagascar presidential election boycotted by opposition November 17, 2023
Observers applaud peaceful conduct
Observers from the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday congratulated Liberia on the “largely” peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election. The two candidates are neck and neck, with opposition candidate Joseph Boakai leading with 50.58% of the vote against 49.42% for incumbent president and former football star George Weah. 5,107 polling stations out of a total of 5,890 (86.61% of polling stations) have been counted so far, according to Davidetta Browne Lansanah, chairwoman of the electoral commission (NEC).
African news Liberia: election observers applaud peaceful conduct November 17, 2023
South Africa’s ruling ANC to back opposition motion to close Israeli embassy
South Africa’s ruling party has said it will support a parliamentary motion calling for the Israeli embassy in South Africa to be closed. In a statement on Thursday, the African National Congress (ANC) also welcomed a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa for the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for war crimes.
Aljazeeral South Africa’s ruling ANC to back opposition motion to close Israeli embassy November 17, 2023
Sudan: UN warns of conflict spreading to other parts of the country
A deputy to the UN secretary-general for Africa told the Security Council on Thursday that the conflict in Sudan was spreading to other parts of the country, which already has the highest number of displaced people in the world. The Ghanaian diplomat, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, alarmed the Council at a non-voting meeting that “Sudan is facing a convergence of worsening humanitarian calamities and a catastrophic human rights crisis”.
African news Sudan: UN warns of conflict spreading to other parts of the country November 17, 2023.
2024 budget: Why we’re against borrowing — Finance Minister
Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, has explained why the present administration was circumspect on reliance on borrowing to finance the 2024 Budget. Edun declared that the nation must seize the initiative to generate adequate revenue and must be determined to reduce its current high deficit financing.
Tribune 2024 budget: Why we’re against borrowing — Finance Minister November 17, 2023.