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Africa 54 – September 23, 2020

You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

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A former colonel and Mali’s junta leader have been announced as the country’s interim president and vice president respectively – this move comes despite pressure from west African leaders to return power to civilians.

The Sudanese government recently declared an economic emergency after the Sudanese pound lost 40 percent of its value in one month and the annual inflation rate jumped to 167 percent. Sudan’s transitional authorities are struggling to stabilize the currency, the weakness of which helped fuel the protests against former President Omar al-Bashir. The economic strain is hitting traders in the Sajana market, one of Sudan’s largest.

Liberian Nobel laureate, Leymah Gbowee, has announced a campaign against election-related violence in Liberia. This comes as the country is preparing for what promises to be hotly contested senatorial mid-term elections. Gbowee says her foundation is enlisting the services of hundreds of young peace ambassadors to lead the campaign in their neighborhoods. She says the young people will do it voluntarily because you cannot buy peace — but you can work for it. Gbowee says her message to both the ruling Congress for Democratic Change and the opposition, as well as their supporters, is, please don’t touch the peace of the Liberian people.

Doctors and public health experts are telling people in the northern hemisphere to prepare for the worst in the coming months, when both the coronavirus and the flu virus are likely to be circulating at the same time. It’s a one-two punch that could cause even more deaths and has the potential to overwhelm health care systems.

As he grapples domestically with the pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the United Nations to “hold China accountable for their actions,” blaming Beijing for the global spread of COVID-19. In a speech to the world body’s 75th general assembly Tuesday, President Trump echoed many of the themes of his re-election campaign.

The 75th UN General Assembly is breaking new ground by going virtual this year due to the coronavirus. Along with that comes a whole new set of challenges and security risks.

A54 Technology: A self-taught engineer in Tanzania is designing windmills using locally sourced materials to generate power and pump water in the rural communities. VOA technology reporter Paul Ndiho has our report.

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