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  • Liberia election: Ex-football star George Weah takes early lead

    Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star George Weah has taken an early lead. Figures from the National Elections Commission (NEC) put Mr Weah ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, although most votes have yet to be counted. His main rival, incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, leads in one county and is second in most others. A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory. If no-one achieves that, a second round will be held in November. The election is to choose a successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Africa's first elected female president and a Nobel Peace laureate. As the results came in, the manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger, was apparently duped by false reports that Mr Weah had won. "I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia," Mr Wenger told reporters. "It's not often you have a former player who becomes president of a country. So well done, Georgie. Read more

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  • “The death of Somalie businessman is the cause of the conflict” Blue and AEOU

    Addis Admas Blue Party and All Ethiopian Unity Organization (AEOU), said they sent the Committee of Experts to find out the reason of the conflict in the Oromia and Somali Regions. According to the report, the instigator of the conflict the death of a well-known businessman in the region. The government, on the other hand, could not comment on the two parties’ reports. Considering the seriousness of the situation the two parties sent an investigation team to the region to find the cause of the conflict. According to the report, security forces didn’t intervene to stabilize the situation until the conflict escalated. After the incident of September 2, 2010, which claims the life of a Somali investor in East Hararegi town, the conflict escalated. The Oromo nationals who live in Somali region, said said, the Somalis had burned their homes, robbed their property and killed them. In this unnecessary conflict, the people who were displaced from their properties said, they are not getting enough food and clothing, some of them don’t even have a mattress. The investigative team confirmed the claim is true and the displaced people live in an empty warehouse. They also pointed out that children have diarrhea due to the shortage of food and clean water. The parties claim that the government is responsible for human suffering; they asked the government publicly apologize to those who were affected by it. For those who lost their loved one, the government should give moral compensation. They also demanded the government to take a swift action for those who lost their homes and properties by giving them financial compensation. “We call on every Ethiopian citizen and international charity organizations, to contribute to those who needs your support right now.” The parties also said, they are working to distribute letters of support for Selected Bodies. In a related issue, the parties will reveal bank account numbers to the public soon. Regarding the findings of the parties on the conflict, Communication Affairs Director Dr. Lencho Leta said, “Since we didn’t receive the report, It’s difficult to express the position of the government.” According to Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, their report on the cause of the conflict will be available this month.

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  • New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program (DV- 2019)

    Addis Ababa, October 16, 2017; Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. If you entered before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, that entry will not be considered, and you will need to submit another entry during the new registration period. You may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website, dvlottery.state.gov, during the registration period. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s public webpage at usvisas.state.gov/dv/ instructions.

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  • Liberia election: Weah and Boakai headed for presidential run-off

    Read more Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a run-off in Liberia's presidential election. Nearly all the results from Tuesday's poll have been counted, the election commission says. Mr Weah, the first African to win the Ballon D'Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Mr Boakai is in second place with 29%. A second round between the pair is expected next month. They lead the field of 20 candidates who competed to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected president and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Fewer than 5% of polling stations have yet to declare results, and lawyer Charles Brumskine is in third place with 9.8%.  

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  • USAID Launches $181 Million in Activities to Help Prevent Maternal and Child Deaths

    ” Addis Ababa, October 16, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched a suite of four activities to address preventable maternal and child deaths in Ethiopia. These “Transform” activities will support the Government of Ethiopia’s overall efforts to prevent child and maternal deaths. USAID is investing approximately $181 million (USD) in these activities through 2022. The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is also providing support. · Transform: Primary Health Care · Transform: Health in Developing Regions · Transform: WASH · Transform: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Adapting The Transform suite of activities are designed based on lessons learned from past investments to strengthen the implementation of Ethiopia’s Health Sector Transformation Plan by improving health systems, providing comprehensive and integrated maternal, neonatal, and child health and family planning services, and building capacity around data for decision making and action. Transform: Primary Health Care activity is designed to focus on strengthening the health system, increase quality of service delivery across the continuum of care and improve household and community health practices and health-seeking behaviors. It will be implemented in more than 400 rural woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regions benefiting close to 42 million people. Also with the objective of strengthening health systems and healthy behaviors, Transform: Health in Developing Regional States activity is expected to increase utilization of quality, high-impact maternal, neonatal and child health services. It will focus in the four developing regions: Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali. Transform: WASH aims to reduce diarrheal diseases by increasing access to and sustained use of a greater range of affordable WASH products and services, with substantial focus on sanitation. Over the five year life of the activity, Transform: WASH will work with businesses and strengthen OneWASH National Program capacity in 40 woredas in eight regions. Finally, Transform: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adapting will provide and synthesize high-quality monitoring and evaluation for adaptive learning and management of the Transform suite of activities. U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Raynor noted at the launch, “These new awards will improve primary health care services in both agrarian and pastoral regions, expand access to safe water and sanitation, and measure and evaluate our success in doing so.

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