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The Africa Report: 24 October

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

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POLICEMEN KILLED AS THOUSANDS TAKE TO THE STREETS IN TUNISIA

Six policemen have been killed as thousands take to the streets in Tunisia demanding the government resigns.

As the cradle of the 2011 Arab Spring, many are frustrated about the lack of benefits and change.

Thousands have taken to the streets to call for the resignation of the current government, the moderate Islamic Ennahda party.

The Ennahda party has vowed to step down but have stated that this must follow a road map where the outcome is a new constitution.

However, Tunisian protestors have called for their immediate removal from office.

There has been an upsurge in violence following the assassination of two leftist politicians in recent months.

KENYA BACKED BY AU CALLS FOR DELAY OF KENYATTA AND RUTO WAR CRIME TRIALS

Backed by the African Union, Kenya has called on the International Criminal Court to delay by a year the war crimes trial of their president and vice president.

Vice President William Ruto is currently on trial for war crimes relating to post-election violence during 2007 and 2008.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will face the same charges and is due to stand trial in November.

The Kenya government with support from the AU will take their appeal to the United Nations Security Council.

They will need nine votes for a successful appeal.

The vote is currently at eight for and seven against excluding the votes of the nine permanent members who could use veto power.

The Kenyan government is hoping for a delay as there are no provisions in their constitution for an interim president which would leave government paralysed in the absence of Kenyatta.