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What we’re reading, 6 July 2020

Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

Malawi's new president takes oath, makes key appointments

Newly elected Malawian President, Lazarus Chakwera, was sworn in to office for a five-year term, reported Africanews (pan-African). President Chakwera won the historic re-run of the presidential elections, unseating former Malawian President, Peter Mutharika.

Gabon votes to reverse ban on homosexuality

The Senate of Gabon has voted in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, reported Reuters (international). The vote came one week after the bill won support in the Gabonese National Assembly.

At least 50 people killed as protests over assassinated Oromo artist continue; police confirm arrest of Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba & 33 others

An outbreak of ethnic unrest in Ethiopia has led to over 50 people being killed and several other injured, reported Addis Standard (Ethiopia). The violence followed the recent killing of popular singer and activist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, who was shot by unknown assailants.

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