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Infos: Gabon’s PDG appeals to president Ondimba to seek re-election

The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba   –   Copyright © africanews LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP or licensors By Africanews Last updated: 2 hours ago Gabon The Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) ended a congress on Saturday with a call for the Head of State, Ali Bongo Ondimba, to seek re-election next year. Gabon will go to the polls in

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The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba   –  

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The Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) ended a congress on Saturday with a call for the Head of State, Ali Bongo Ondimba, to seek re-election next year.

Gabon will go to the polls in august 2023 to pick a new president. 

Many believe that President Ondimba is the right choice for the party.

“We have come not only to revitalise our party but also to seek Ali Bongo Ondimba's candidacy for the future of our country”, said Prospere Abessolo Mengué, member of the Gabonese Democratic Party

The secretary-general of the PDG party, Steeve Nzegho Dieko, described Ondimba as the “natural candidate”.

“For us, the distinguished comrade president (Ali Bongo Ondimba, Ed.) is the natural candidate of our political party and we hope that by then the president will decide as soon as possible”, said Dieko

President Ali Bongo Ondimba succeeded his father and party founder, Omar Bongo Ondimba, after his death in 2009.

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          Infos: Ahead visit to DR Congo, Pope Francis denounces “colonialist mentality” towards Africa

          Pope Francis   –   Copyright © africanews AP Photo By Rédaction Africanews Last updated: 3 hours ago Democratic Republic Of Congo In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press at the Vatican, just a week ahead of his scheduled trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, Pope Francis denounced a “colonialist mentality” of

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          Infos: Ahead visit to DR Congo, Pope Francis denounces “colonialist mentality” towards Africa
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          Democratic Republic Of Congo

          In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press at the Vatican, just a week ahead of his scheduled trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, Pope Francis denounced a “colonialist mentality” of the international community toward Africa.

          “There is a historical, geographical reality. In Italian it is said 'Africa va fruttata', that is, Africa is meant to be exploited. And that is a kind of colonialist mentality that remains,” said Francis on Tuesday.

          He pointed to a problem of attitude toward the African continent.

          “A kind of colonialist mentality…remains,” Francis said.

          “That is a problem of our attitude and of not yet (having the) courage of total independence on their part.”

          Earlier in January Francis had sent his condolences to the victims of a bombing on a Pentecostal church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

          Islamic militants claimed the attack, which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60.

          Francis is due to arrive in the capital of Congolese Kinshasa on Jan. 31 for a three-day visit.

          When it was originally scheduled for July, the trip was supposed to include a stop in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

          The Vatican scrapped that leg of the trip, amid a new wave of attacks in parts of North Kivu.

          Continent afflicted by “internal wars”

          Violence has wracked eastern Congo for decades as more than 120 armed groups and self-defence militias fight for land and power.

          “Africa is in turmoil” said Francis talking about the “internal wars” afflicting the continent.

          “And is also suffering from the invasion of exploiters” he added.

          In The AP Interview on Tuesday, Francis also addressed what he called a problem of “tribalism” in Africa.

          “The tribalism is also very strong, for example to appoint a bishop in a diocese, one has to look carefully, that he belongs to the group – not to say tribe – that he belongs to the group,” he said adding that during a visit to Kenya, a crowd chanted repeatedly “no to tribalism.”

          “It was a scream from the whole stadium. They themselves feel that difficulty, it is a people that is consolidating itself more and more in freedom.”

          The fighting has exacerbated eastern Congo’s dire humanitarian crisis.

          Almost 6 million people are internally displaced and hundreds of thousands are facing extreme food insecurity, according to the United Nations.

          While he won't be going to Goma, Francis will meet with some residents from the east and victims of the conflict in Kinshasa.

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                      Infos: Ahead visit to DR Congo, Pope Francis denounces “colonialist mentality” of Africa

                      Pope Francis   –   Copyright © africanews AP Photo By Rédaction Africanews Last updated: 2 hours ago Democratic Republic Of Congo In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press at the Vatican, just a week ahead of his scheduled trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, Pope Francis denounced a “colonialist mentality” of

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                      Infos: Ahead visit to DR Congo, Pope Francis denounces “colonialist mentality” of Africa
                      Pope Francis   –  

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                      Democratic Republic Of Congo

                      In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press at the Vatican, just a week ahead of his scheduled trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, Pope Francis denounced a “colonialist mentality” of the international community toward Africa.

                      “There is a historical, geographical reality. In Italian it is said 'Africa va fruttata', that is, Africa is meant to be exploited. And that is a kind of colonialist mentality that remains,” said Francis on Tuesday.

                      He pointed to a problem of attitude toward the African continent.

                      “A kind of colonialist mentality…remains,” Francis said.

                      “That is a problem of our attitude and of not yet (having the) courage of total independence on their part.”

                      Earlier in January Francis had sent his condolences to the victims of a bombing on a Pentecostal church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

                      Islamic militants claimed the attack, which killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60.

                      Francis is due to arrive in the capital of Congolese Kinshasa on Jan. 31 for a three-day visit.

                      When it was originally scheduled for July, the trip was supposed to include a stop in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

                      The Vatican scrapped that leg of the trip, amid a new wave of attacks in parts of North Kivu.

                      Violence has wracked eastern Congo for decades as more than 120 armed groups and self-defence militias fight for land and power.

                      “Africa is in turmoil” said Francis talking about the “internal wars” afflicting the continent.

                      “And is also suffering from the invasion of exploiters” he added.

                      In The AP Interview on Tuesday, Francis also addressed what he called a problem of “tribalism” in Africa.

                      “The tribalism is also very strong, for example to appoint a bishop in a diocese, one has to look carefully, that he belongs to the group – not to say tribe – that he belongs to the group,” he said adding that during a visit to Kenya, a crowd chanted repeatedly “no to tribalism.”

                      “It was a scream from the whole stadium. They themselves feel that difficulty, it is a people that is consolidating itself more and more in freedom.”

                      The fighting has exacerbated eastern Congo’s dire humanitarian crisis.

                      Almost 6 million people are internally displaced and hundreds of thousands are facing extreme food insecurity, according to the United Nations.

                      While he won't be going to Goma, Francis will meet with some residents from the east and victims of the conflict in Kinshasa.

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                                  Infos: U.S. – South Africa: Joint initiative to combat wildlife trafficking

                                  United States Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen attends a bilateral meeting with South Africa's Finance Minister at the National Treasury in Pretoria, South Africa   –   Copyright © africanews -/AFP or licensors By Afolake Oyinloye and Agencies Last updated: 5 hours ago South Africa U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a tour of the Dinokeng Game

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                                  United States Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen attends a bilateral meeting with South Africa's Finance Minister at the National Treasury in Pretoria, South Africa   –  

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                                  U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a tour of the Dinokeng Game Reserve in South Africa on Wednesday to announce a joint initiative to combat wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities in the United States and South Africa .

                                  “First, we will increase information sharing between our financial intelligence units to better support key law enforcement agencies from South Africa and the United States. Second, the task force will prioritize the sharing of financial red flags and indicators related to wildlife trafficking cases.”

                                  “We will convene relevant government authorities, regulators, law enforcement, and the private sector to improve controls to combat money laundering and the illicit proceeds related to drug trafficking and wildlife trafficking,” she added.

                                  Yellen's announcement of a joint wildlife trafficking task force at a reserve that is home to lions, leopards, elephants and critically endangered black rhinos could help a key South African industry. South Africa has an abundance of game parks and a thriving wildlife tourism industry but struggles with the effects of poaching and illegal animal trafficking.

                                  The White House strategy for Africa also outlines concern over China's involvement in sub-Saharan Africa, where it has for years entrenched itself in the region's natural resources market. China is now South Africa's biggest trade partner.

                                  Yellen started her 10-day trip in Senegal before travelling to Zambia and then arriving in South Africa.

                                  On Thursday, she is expected to meet South Africa's finance minister and then meet business leaders and the country's central bank governor.

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