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  1. Ethiopia parties sign pact ahead of 2020 polls, PM stresses fairness:

Competing political parties in Ethiopia on Thursday signed a peace pact as part of democratic efforts as the country gears towards crucial polls slated for 2020.Reports indicate that over 100 parties were signatories to the code of conduct document at an event held in the capital Addis Ababa. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed the document on behalf of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. He described the occasion as a democratic milestone.

  • Cameroon Senate retains 84 year old speaker, Niat Njifenji Marcel:

The Cameroonian Senate on Thursday (March 14) reelected Speaker Niat Njifenji Marcel for a one-year period according to reports. The 84-year-old veteran politician has served in the role since 2013. State broadcaster, CRTV, said he was a sole candidate in the vote to lead the lawmaking chamber. The senate has 100 members – 70 voted into the house and 30 appointed by the president.

  • Ambameyang visits Wakanda with Black Panther mask in Arsenal win:

Gabonese international and Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Ambameyang was in hot form Thursday night as the English premier league side qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League competition. Despite his two goals helping the Gunners to a three – nil victory over French side Stade Rennes, it was Aubameyang’s celebration that has attracted reactions on social media.

  • Celebrating African First ladies: Cameroon’s Chantal Biya:

Often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, Africa’s first ladies are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. A first lady by definition is the wife of the head of state, and it therefore follows that most African nations led by a male president, has a first lady. As of March 2019, all African countries have male heads of state. The last female head of state who led an African nation was Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose tenure expired in January 2018.

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