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The Africa Report: 18 September

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Rwandan President Paul Kagame


Rwanda's ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (PRF), has won a thumping parliamentary victory with 76 percent of the votes.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame's tenure in office comes to an end in 2017, but there are concerns that he is looking to prolong it.

There is no serious opposition within parliament and the ruling PRF is in a coalition with four other parties.

The two main opposition parties, the Social Democrats and the Liberals, obtained 13 and nine percent respectively.

The elections on Tuesday took place two days after two grenade attacks rocked busy markets in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

Two people were killed in the attacks and 14 were left wounded.


Nigerian lawmakers exchanged blows on Tuesday during an opening session of parliament fuelled by the presence of a splinter group.

The Kawu Baraje, a party made up of defectors from the ruling People's Democratic Party, visited parliament, incensed by the PDP's lengthy dominance which began in 1999 when Nigeria returned to civilian rule.

Television channels broadcasting the opening session in parliament televised the battering in which a female member of parliament attempted to gouging another's eye and a male lawmaker was seen grabbing a chair to hit another MP.

The rest of the house joined in on the fighting.

Parliamentarians have come to blows in Venezuela, Turkey, and Taiwan, South Koreas and Ukraine (on multiple occasions).


According to research conducted by the World Health Organisation, the claim that Africa is a drunken continent is unfounded.

Time Magazine recently published an article, "Africa's Drinking Problem: Alcoholism on the Rise as Beverage Multinationals Circle" declaring Africa, as a continent, had a drinking problem.

However, according to the WHO figures, 70 percent of Africans have not had a drop of alcohol in three years and 60% are lifetime abstainers.

Africa has a population of an estimated 1 billion people and Europe with 739.2 million and the African continent, in its entirety, drinks half as much as Europeans do.


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