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The art of midwifing elections in Africa

File photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPAMany countries in Africa conduct general elections regularly. Electoral management bodies have the responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. But what are their score cards so far?

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Aviation: Tunisia's state airline to cut 1,000 jobs

File photo©ReutersTunisair, Tunisia's state-owned carrier, plans to lay off 1,000 employees or more than 12 percent of its full-time workforce, as part of reform plans.

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Egyptian parliament approves Value Added Tax at 13%

Egypt's Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy. Photo©Mohamed Abd El Ghany/ReutersEgypt's parliament approved on Monday a long-awaited law introducing a Value Added Tax of 13 percent which will rise to 14 percent in the next fiscal year.

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Tunisia: Prime Minister warns of austerity, job cuts

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed. Photo©Zoubeir Souissi/ReutersIf Tunisia does not overcome its economic difficulties, an austerity programme will be inevitable next year with thousands of public sector job cuts and new taxes, prime minister-designate Youssef Chahed told parliament on Friday.

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Egypt: Supply minister quits over wheat corruption scandal

Khaled Hanafi. Photo©Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ReutersEgypt's Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi has resigned amid the highest-profile corruption case since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014.

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Decriminalizing of drugs, the only pathway

Marijuana sits in a bowl from which it is packaged and sold to customers, at The Station, a medical and retail cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Brennan Linsley/AP/SIPADrug trafficking and the black market are, to a large extent, a direct consequence of the international drug control system and the national laws that are derived therefrom.

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