- 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 / 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.
afrol News - As Malawi faces its worst-ever corruption scandals, donors are now freezing their aid. But Charles Mkula, head of Malawi's journalists, told afrol News that this will only victimise the extremely poor country and create political chaos.
afrol News - Four hangings have already been executed and a fifth is in preparation in Nigeria. The country had imposed a moratorium on state executions in 2006, but governors are now rushed to sign death warrants as President Goodluck Jonathan lifted the ban.
afrol News - In Madagascar, "a largely uncontrolled locust plague" is in development, which by September is expected to infest two-thirds of the large island. If not checked, the locusts will finish off the entire crops of more than half of the population.
afrol News - Despite massive pressure to stop the prosecution of Kenya's recently elected President, Uhuru Kenyatta, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today set a new date for the trial against the state leader. Mr Kenyatta is accused of crimes against humanity.