Ruling party of Ivory strikes an absolute majority in parliament with 167 seats

Ivory Coast’s ruling coalition party wins absolute majority with 167 parliamentary seats out of 254 in the country’s legislative elections held on Sunday.

The Independent Electoral Commission on Tuesday declared the Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party of President Alassane Ouattara an absolute majority winner in the contest.

“The results of the elections are as follows:

RHDP (ruling coalition) won 167 seats, Independents won 75, UDPCI won 6, UPCI won 3 and the FPI (former party of Laurent Gbagbo) won 3 seats,” the president of the IEC, Issouf Bakayoko declared.

The RHDP secured 67.75% of the seats ahead of the Independents who won 29.53% of seats.

The voter turnout was 34.10% making it one of poorly participated elections in the country.

More than 6.2 million people were registered to vote and elect new members of the National Assembly.

This is the first national election conducted after the adoption of the October constitutional referendum.

Super Falcons of Nigeria end protest

After being paid money owed to them, Nigeria’s women’s team have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja. They were demanding US$23,650 per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. Since December 6, the Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital.

“The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they started receiving payments alerts,” the team’s media officer Remi Sulola stated.

Evelyn Njambi Thungu of Kenya makes to the Top 5 at 2016 Miss World Contest

Evelyn Njambi Thungu of Kenya made very close to being crowned Miss World as she made the Top 5 list along with fellow competitors from Puerto Rico, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic and Phillipines. The only African who had joined Miss Kenya in the Top 20 list was Miss Ghana. She was dropped out as the list came down to 11. Evelyn looked stunning in a red, long dress at the close of the contest.

Civilian killings in Somalia

In two separate incidents, 11 civilians in Somalia were killed. The African Union (AU)  is investigating the matter. An AU armoured vehicle  crashed into a house killing a mother and her five children in the southern port of Marka on Sunday. Earlier, soldiers had fired into a minibus which killed six passengers. Thousands of soldiers appointed by AU are planted in Somalia to help the government fight Islamist militant group called Al-Shabab.

Chalo Africa Hosts Fundraiser for Wildlife Conservation in India & Africa

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100% of proceeds from the auction to be donated to Wildlife S.O.S. in India & the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust in Zimbabwe.

Over 100 people attended “Under a Baobab Tree”, a cocktail and wildlife photography auction, held in support of two non-profits focussing on wildlife and wilderness conservation in India and Africa. The event was hosted by Chalo Africa, a niche safari & adventure planning company headquartered in New Delhi, on a winter’s evening at Lodi Restaurant in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. Aside from the auction, the occasion was a celebration of the strengthening ties between India and the continent of Africa. Dignitaries from several African missions as well as members of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs were in attendance.

The highlight of the evening was the silent auction of magnificent canvasses showcasing the impressive wildlife and landscapes of India and Africa, donated by world-renowned photographers from India, Australia and the United States. The proceeds from this auction were forwarded to two non-profits: Wildlife S.O.S. in India and the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust in Zimbabwe. Wildlife SOS was represented at the event by one of its co-founders, Kartick Satyanarayan. Four photographers, Latika Nath, Hari Santharam, Beena Balasubramaniam, and Gaurav Ramnarayanan, who donated their photographs, were also in attendance.

“Africa is the original home of humanity and the cradle of several thousand plant and animal species,” said Sangeeta Sahaya Prasad, co-founder, Chalo Africa, speaking at the event. “The people from the various countries of Africa speak almost 2000 languages. The diversity of the continent’s culture, politics, history and geography is truly staggering.”

Chalo Africa, founded in 2012, is one of the first Africa destination specialists in India and aims to reveal the magnificence of Africa’s wildlife, wilderness, culture and landscapes to an Indian audience.

Tourism from India to Africa has been increasing steadily, with countries like South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania popular with leisure visitors. In 2015, South African Tourism Board recognised that India had become one of its key tourism generating nations. In 2014, India was Kenya’s 5th largest source market for inbound tourism.

“Discerning travellers with an eye for luxury as well as wildlife aficionados travel to Africa repeatedly,“ said Smita Srivastava, co-founder of Chalo Africa. “Countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Rwanda are growing in popularity with Indian travellers. Younger Indian travellers are very adventurous and uninhibited, travelling to offbeat destinations like the Virunga mountains in Democratic Republic of Congo to see the mountain gorillas.”

Her Excellency, High Commissioner Florence Weche of Kenya, and diplomats from the missions of Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe all supported the event in their attendance.

About Wildlife SOS

Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. The group has successfully and almost single-handedly stopped the practice of dancing bears on Indian streets.

Learn more at http://wildlifesos.org/

About Gonarezhou Conservation Trust

The Gonarezhou Conservation Trust is committed to saving Baobab trees in Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe’s second largest national park, through natural conservation methods. The trust is trying to preserve Baobab trees that are thousands of years old from being destroyed by elephant over-grazing.

Learn more at http://www.chaloafrica.com/gonarezhou

About Chalo Africa

Learn more at http://www.chaloafrica.com/