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Making headlines: Cape Town mayor De Lille resigns, DA withdraws all charges; New Ebola cases in DRC rise to 13; And, South Sudan government, opposition leaders sign peace agreement
Cape Town mayor De Lille resigns, DA withdraws all charges
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has resigned with effect from the end of October, and the Democratic Alliance has withdrawn all charges against her, the DA announced yesterday.
In a statement DA leader Mmusi Maimane yesterday said he was pleased to announce that the DA and De Lille have reached a mutual agreement which resolves the question of the leadership of the DA government in Cape Town.
De Lille had agreed to resign as the mayor effective October 31. This was an opportunity for the city's DA caucus to take stock, to regroup and unite. The process to elect a new mayor would begin immediately, with more details available in due course.
The DA had taken a decision to withdraw all internal disciplinary charges against De Lille, but any other investigations by the city were not covered by the agreement.
DA withdraws all charges; New Ebola cases in DRC rise to 13
The number of confirmed cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, AP reported.
The World Health Organisation has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as the region is a war zone with several active armed groups and thousands of displaced people.
And, South Sudan government, opposition leaders sign peace agreement
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and key South Sudanese opposition leaders have signed an agreement on governance despite their concerns over power sharing and number of states, the Sudan Tribune reported.
Despite strong reservations between the parties on outstanding issues it is believed that threats of sanctions following a meeting with regional leaders pushed those who were reluctant to sign the agreement to cooperate.
The signing ceremony was attended by Presidents Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti as well as Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire and Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen.
Al-Bashir and Museveni co-signed the deal as guarantors while representatives of the United Nations and the African Union signed as witnesses.
That’s a roundup of news making headlines today
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