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Defeated President Says Zambia First, Meets President-elect

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Defeated President Says Zambia First, Meets President-elect

Hours after the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema won the Zambia presidential election,President Edgar Lungu and the president-elect met on Monday .

Once the Electoral Commission Chairman, Esau Chulu declared Hichilema winner, supporters across the nation went into a frenzy.

The forthcoming inauguration would be the third time power has shifted from a ruling party to an opposition platform since independence from Britain in 1964.

Lungu had alleged that the election was not free and fair, citing attacks against agents of the ruling Patriotic Front Party (PFP) in three provinces.

Hours after his rival emerged victorious, Lungu and Hichilema met at the home of a former leader, Rupiah Banda.

The president posted photos of the meeting on his Facebook page.

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“Earlier today the President-elect Mr Hakainde Hichilema and I met at the residence of our 4th Republican President Rupiah Banda”, he wrote.

“We held a meeting with the Commonwealth Chief Observer, the former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete and AU Chief election Observer, former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma,” he added.

Lungu said they discussed matters concerning Zambia’s future and that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

“I wish to thank all the leaders who were present. We continue putting our nation first. #ZambiaFirst,” he wrote.

Hichilema, the United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate, was a former CEO at an accounting firm.

The incoming President faces the task of rebuilding a divided nation and an economy that fell into a deep recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the African Development Bank, “Real GDP contracted by an estimated 4.9% in 2020, after growing by 4.0% in 2018 and 1.9% in 2019”.

In his congratulatory message, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo cautioned Hichilema against humiliating Lungu.

The retired general appealed to Hichilema to be magnanimous and urged Zambians to maintain the dignity Africans are known for.

“Zambia must break the circle of the previous president being disgraced, by being inhumanly treated by the succeeding president”, Obasanjo noted.

 

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BREAKING: Coup In Sudan As Military Arrests Prime Minister, Others

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A coup is suspected to have taken place in Sudan as military forces have put Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest.

According to Al Hadath TV, several members of the country’s civilian leadership have also been detained.

Citing unidentified sources, the Saudi-owned broadcaster said a military force besieged the prime minister’s home early on Monday before placing him under house arrest.

Other civilian officials taken into custody include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, and the governor of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, family sources told Al Jazeera.

Information Minister Hamza Baloul, media adviser to the prime minister, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, and the spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, were also arrested, according to officials who spoke to the Associated Press news agency.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the toppling of the country’s long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

READ ALSO: Sudan Coup Attempt Fails

Al-Bashir was toppled after months of street protests in 2019, and a political transition agreed after his removal was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said “telecommunications access has been restricted” in the country “so it’s very hard to communicate with people here”.

“The military has also blocked all roads and bridges leading into Khartoum city. We’ve seen soldiers blocking access and they are telling us these are the orders they got. They are saying access to Khartoum city is to be restricted, and this is raising concern because that’s where the government institutions are, that’s where the presidential palace and the prime minister’s offices are located.”

 

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Anti-apartheid Icon Desmond Tutu Is Not Dead

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Anti-apartheid Icon Desmond Tutu Dies At 90

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is not  dead.

This is contrary to earlier reports that the  cleric passed away at the age of 90 today, October 20, 2021.

Tutu’s death  was reportedly earlier announced by the Bishop of Johannesburg, Stephen Moreo, via his official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Moreo’s account stated, “ATTENTION. The Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg receives now the sad news of the death of our dearest Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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“The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu dies at 90. Official note to be released soon.”

Tutu was renowned for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. Between 1985 and 1986 he was the Bishop of Johannesburg from and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996. He was the first black African to hold both positions.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

 

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70-year-old Woman Gets First Child After IVF Treatment

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70-year-old Woman Gets First Child After IVF Treatment

An Indian woman has had her first child at the age of 70 after agreeing with her husband to undergo IVF treatment for the last time, making her one of the oldest first-time mothers in the world, the Daily Mail of UK reported.

Jivunben Rabari and her husband Maldhari, 75, proudly showed off their son – whose name they have not revealed – to reporters as they said he had been conceived through IVF.

Rabari told reporters she was 70, which would make her one of the oldest first mothers in the world. However, another Indian woman, Erramatti Mangayamma, is believed to be the oldest after having twin girls in September 2019 at the age of 74.

Rabari and Maldhari, from a small village called Mora in Gujurat, India, have been married for 45 years and have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby for decades.

They were able to have a child through IVF, which can be effective after menopause.

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The couple’s doctor Naresh Bhanushali said it was “one of the rarest cases I have ever seen.”

Dr Bhanushali said: “When they first came to us, we told them that they couldn’t have a child at such an old age, but they insisted. They said that many of their family members did it as well. This is one of the rarest cases I have ever seen.”

The chances of a woman in her 70s getting pregnant naturally are virtually zero due to most women going through the menopause between their late 40s and early 50s.

But the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) claims that any woman of any age can get pregnant with medical help provided that she has a ‘normal uterus’, even if she no longer has ovaries.

Medics use an egg donated by a much younger woman and it is fertilised outside of the body using a man’s sperm.

Eventually, the embryo is placed inside the woman’s womb in the hopes that she’ll become pregnant.

There have been several instances of women into their 60s and 70s having children through IVF in India.

Mangayamma is believed to be the oldest woman in the world to give birth after welcoming twins through IVF aged 74.

Mangayamma gave birth to twin girls in a ‘medical miracle’ on September 5, 2019, following IVF treatments involving a donor’s egg and her husband’s sperm.

The pensioner, of Andhra Pradesh state, revealed she was inspired to try for a baby after her 55-year-old neighbour conceived.

 

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