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What we’re reading, 5 July 2021

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.

Apex court ruling on Jacob Zuma hailed as 'victory for the rule of law'

Former South African President, Jacob Zuma has been found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 15 months in prison. This is the first time in the country’s democratic history that a former President has been sentenced to imprisonment, reported Times Live (South Africa).

Somalia to hold presidential vote in October

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Robie’s office announced that political leaders in Somalia have agreed to hold a long-delayed presidential election on 10 October, following months of deadlock, reported Africanews (pan-African).

Gov't claims soaring cost, non-existent threat & popular resistance led to army withdrawal from Tigray

The Ethiopian government has withdrawn its forces and declared a ceasefire in Tigray. Via a televised statement yesterday, Prime Minister Abiy Amhed said the decision was made to focus on other national priorities, reported Addis Standard (Ethiopia).  

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