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the controversial confinement of African leaders

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The elites are among the first victims of Covid-19 in Africa, but are also accused of being responsible for its spread on the continent. While health structures are failing, their rights are controversial.

Deputies, senators, ministers and advisers took place on the plane chartered by Belgium ”, revealed, at the end of March, the Congolese press. Friday March 27, a special plane left Kinshasa to repatriate the Belgian nationals who wished to return to their country. An opportunity that has not been missed “A twentye ” Congolese politicians, according to information from Morning Info, to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While in theory dual nationality is not allowed, many in the elite also have that of the former colonizing country.

Africans are used to seeing their leaders leave their country: they prefer Europe or the United States for vacation or medical treatment. From former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Switzerland, to Ali Bongo, the Gabonese President, hospitalized in Riyadh and then London after a serious stroke … leaders rarely rely on their own health system, often in poor condition. But as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across Africa and fears are growing, this looks particularly bad.

Paradise seaside resort

As in the DRC, the behavior of the highest officials of certain African countries makes teeth cringe. In Côte d’Ivoire, when travel was advised against and rallies prohibited, President Alassane Ouattara chose to spend his weekend on the paradisiacal beaches of Assinie. “According to a note from the presidency, Alassane Ouattara and his family have booked thirteen luxury hotels. The first

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Anna Sylvestre-Treiner

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