Daily Archives: March 29, 2020

Mali Votes in Long-Delayed Parliamentary Election

Voters in Mali went to the polls Sunday to elect members of the 147-seat National Assembly.   The parliamentary election in the war-torn West African country, which should have taken place after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s 2018 reelection, has been postponed several times since then out of security concerns.  New members of the assembly are expected to emerge for the first time since 2013, when Rally for Mali, Keita’s party, gained a substantial majority.    Some 200,000

Kenya Taking Drastic Measures to Curb Coronavirus Spread

Kenya’s government is implementing drastic measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, although the country has only 31 confirmed cases of infection. A curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. was enforced Friday, and all international flights have been suspended. Economists have warned that any lockdowns must be accompanied by a plan for how

Experts: African Economies Need Massive Support to Weather Coronavirus

A number of African economies are among the world’s fastest growing in recent years. However, analysts fear COVID-19, which was slow to arrive on the continent, will end that. The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) estimates the coronavirus has already cost the region $29 billion and could more than halve its GDP, for reasons