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What we’re reading, 9 March 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.

I will not run for re-election, Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara says

Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara has announced his intentions not to run in upcoming presidential elections, in order to “transfer power over to the younger generation”, reported Business Day (South Africa).

Song and dance as last Congo Ebola patient discharged with end of outbreak in sight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that there are no more cases of Ebola in DRC after the last patient was discharged on Tuesday.

Our govts have so far failed the coronavirus test

The East African (Kenya) published an opinion piece arguing that African governments have not done enough to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Whilst acknowledging the challenges in mitigating the spread of the epidemic, the article claimed that government communications have lacked clarity around the threat posed by the outbreak and highlighted the lack of preparation by health systems across the continent. It concluded with a call to end flights to and from China and for a stronger response by governments across the continent.

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