December 8, 2017

Liberia presidential runoff vote receives go-ahead

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s supreme court cleared the way Thursday for the presidential runoff to go forward, saying there was not enough evidence to support allegations of fraud.

The second-round vote between soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai had been put on hold last month after the Liberty Party alleged irregularities in the first round of voting on Oct. 10. The court challenge had been raised by the Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine had placed third.

Voters are choosing a replacement for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female leader and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Zimbabwe budget plan aims to revive bleak economy

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The new government plans to reduce diplomatic missions and ban first-class travel for everyone but the president as it tries to revive a devastated economy after longtime leader Robert Mugabe resigned last month.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday presented the first national budget proposal since President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in after the military’s intervention, saying it is aimed at “getting the economy speedily back on track.” The $5.1 billion proposed budget, to be funded mainly from taxes, needs Parliament’s approval.

In one of the most dramatic budget proposals, the once-prosperous southern African nation now plans to amend an indigenization law limiting foreign ownership of businesses to no more than 49 percent of shares.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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