- A cabinet reshuffle in Burkina Faso saw the appointment of six new ministers and shifting of ministerial portfolios.
In a presidential decree, President Blaisse Compaore has retained all officials of the 34-sized cabinet headed by prime minister Tertius Zongo. .
Seydou Kabore, Noel Kabore and Marie Therese Keita who have been named ministers of infrastructures, telecommunications and vice minister of budget, respectively, were the new cabinet entrants. Marie Therese Keita is the only female minister in the new government line-up.
Consequently, Alain Bedouma Yoda who until the reshuffle was the senior minister of health has been reassigned as senior minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation. Seydou Bouda, formely the minister of civil service and state reform, has been named the minister of health.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.