AFRICAN NEWS UPDATE

BUHARI PLEDGES TO STEP DOWN AT END OF SECOND TERM
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI WAS ELECTED FOR A SECOND FOUR-YEAR TERM LAST YEAR

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says he will be stepping down when his second term in office ends in 2023.


In a New Year message, Mr Buhari said he would not attempt to exceed the constitutional mandate.


The president said he was determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, and cited his primary concerns as the security of the nation and the safety of Nigerians.


A BBC correspondent says speculation that Mr Buhari planned to remain in power has been rife in recent days.




ETHIOPIA'S NEW ANTI-TERROR LAW CRITICISED
ABIY AHMED ALI, PRIME MINISTER OF ETHOPIA

Opposition and human rights groups have criticised a new Ethiopian anti-terrorism law saying it doesn't go far enough in terms of reform.


The law - passed on Thursday - replaces old legislation which described as terrorism any gathering that disrupted public services.


It now says workers have the right to strike even if they do disrupt public services.

The new law also removes text used to authorise the arrests of dozens of journalists and opposition politicians.


Amnesty International said the legislation still had potential for abuse, but had some pro-human rights elements.




LOSER CHALLENGES GUINEA BISSAU ELECTION RESULT
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DOMINGOS SIMOES PEREIRA DOES NOT BELIEVE THE ELECTION WAS FREE AND FAIR

The losing candidate in Guinea Bissau's presidential run-off poll has filed a Supreme Court challenge against the election result.


Domingos Simoes Pereira said there had been substantial fraud, with votes cast surpassing the number of voters in some areas.


However, African Union observers said the poll was free and fair.


The former Prime Minister and Army General Umaro Cissoko Embalo, who won 54% of the vote, has insisted that he was the rightful winner.


Mr Embalo has presented himself as a unifier of a politically divided country, which has had seven prime ministers in the past five years.