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West Africa

Mauritania

MAURITANIAN President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz returned home last after being shot and wounded in the arm by one of his own soldiers in October in what the government said was an accident. He had been in France receiving treatment.

Thousands of people gathered at the airport to greet the president on his return to Nouakchott. Large crowds also lined the route between the airport and the presidential palace. Reports said the 55-year-old leader appeared to be in good health, and waved to crowds from his car.

The soldier responsible for the shooting told Mauritanian television that he had fired at a car that appeared suspicious while guarding a military base outside Nouakchott, failing to realise that one of the occupants was the president.

President Abdelaziz seized power in a coup in 2008, in a country with a long history of coups. He won a presidential election a year later and is seen regionally as a bulwark against Islamists in the region.

 

Nigeria

NIGERIAN workers have called for the Governor of the  Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido, to be sacked over his comments calling for the dismissal of 50 per cent of public sector workers to free much-needed resources for development. The outspoken CBN boss had said at a public forum that Nigeria spent 70 per cent of its earnings on salaries and entitlements of civil servants.

‘You have to fire half of the civil service because the revenue of the government is supposed to be for 167 million Nigerians. Any society where government spends 70 per cent of its revenue on its civil service has a problem. It is unsustainable,’ he said.

Reacting to Lamido’s call, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Abdulwaheed Omar, said the CBN boss must be sacked before he destroyed the Nigerian economy.

Ghana

GHANAIANS go to the polls on December 7 to elect their president and Members of Parliament in the sixth democratic elections since 1992 when the country returned to civilian rule. Incumbent President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is facing a strong challenge from Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party.

Akufo-Addo is hoping that a split within the NDC could allow him to triumph. Nana Rawlings, wife of former President Jerry Rawlings and founder of the NDC, lead a breakaway group to form the National Democratic Party (NDP) after she failed to be elected as presidential candidate of the NDC.

Following the death of President John Atta-Mills in July this year, Mahama, who was vice president was sworn-in as president and later endorsed by the NDEC as its presidential candidate. NDC supporters are confident that the NDP will not make much of an impact.

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