Mau­ri­tius prez re­fuses to re­sign:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Mau­ri­tian Pres­i­dent Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has re­fused to re­sign, vow­ing to fight al­le­ga­tions that saw her em­broiled in a fi­nan­cial scan­dal, the pres­i­dency said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only fe­male head of state, has been ac­cused of us­ing a bank card pro­vided by an NGO to make per­sonal pur­chases.

Last Fri­day Prime Min­is­ter Pravind Jug­nauth an­nounced that Gurib-Fakim had agreed to re­sign, with a date set for her de­par­ture af­ter Mon­day’s cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing the In­dian Ocean ar­chi­pel­ago na­tion’s 50 years of in­de­pen­dence.

How­ever a state­ment from the pres­i­dency slammed “weeks of at­tacks and false al­le­ga­tions” and said that Gurib-Fakim planned to clear her name and would not re­sign. (AFP) C. Nige­ria clashes kill 25: Herders are be­lieved to have killed 25 vil­lagers in cen­tral Nige­ria’s Plateau state, po­lice said on Wed­nes­day, in the lat­est vi­o­lence linked to land, wa­ter and graz­ing rights.

The killings hap­pened on Mon­day in the Bassa area of Plateau state, just a few days af­ter at least five peo­ple were killed in the area.

“The peo­ple were re­turn­ing to Zirechi (vil­lage) from Dun­dun when they were at­tacked by gun­men be­lieved to be Fu­lani herds­men,” state po­lice com­mis­sioner Undie Adie told AFP.

“I can con­firm that 25 vil­lagers were killed while two were in­jured. A num­ber of houses were also burnt down by the at­tack­ers,” he said.

No ar­rests have yet been made, he said, adding: “The ter­rain is moun­tain­ous. The as­sailants had fled be­fore po­lice could (get) there. (AFP)

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