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  1. ANC unveil Zuma's successor
  2. Kenyan court awards teen millions
  3. Zimbabwe's army end 'operation'
  4. Uganda MPs debate presidential age limit
  5. Sixty killed in Ethiopia ethnic clashes
  6. Somali government critic arrested
  7. Nigerian singer wins the heart of Romania

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By Flora Drury and Dickens Olewe

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent including the latest reaction to the win of Cyril Ramaphosa as leader of South Africa's African National Congress (ANC), by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

A tree without leaves is barely shaken by the wind."

An Ngoni proverb sent by Douglas Kalinde in Ntcheu, Malawi

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And we leave you with this picture of Mr Ramaphosa hugging an ANC party member at the conference which elected him as leader:

8/12/2017 Reuters Deputy president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa greets an ANC member during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC)

A quick embrace after a bitter fight

BBC reporter Lebo Diseko captured this image of the two rivals for the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) going in for a quick hug after a bitter battle.

Cyril Ramaphoza and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma appeared to be putting differences aside, at least for now.

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In another shot, Lebo - who has been covering events from inside the plenary hall all day - also got this shot of the ANC's new "top six" celebrating on stage.

It seems it is all smiles with them, despite the fact half of Mr Ramaphosa's new colleagues had pledged support to his rival.

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Ramaphosa's tough job ahead

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

This victory for Cyril Ramaphosa creates an opportunity for the African National Congress (ANC) to restore some of the moral high ground lost in the corruption maze which has engulfed the party for the last few years.

It is incredible to see how Mr Ramaphosa' s rise to power happened without the support of the organization's structures, such as the ANC women's league as well as the youth wing.

But make no mistake - Mr Ramaphosa has his work cut out for him.

He will have to unite all these divided factions and clean up corruption - and that will be a much tougher job than his victory.

The country is now waiting to see whether he will deliver on his promise of a clean government different that of his predecessor.

South Africa's rand bolstered by election

Cyril Ramaphosa's victory has seen the rand rise to a nine-month high, South Africa's Fin24 website reports.

The rand has risen to 12.60 to the US dollar, a sign of confidence in the new ANC leader.

Reuters news agency reported earlier that the markets were doing well, ahead of a predicted win for Mr Ramaphoza.

IG Markets currency strategist Shaun Murison told the agency:

The rand is considerably stronger than where it was last week. I think a Cyril Ramaphosa win is priced in."

A Bloomberg journalist had earlier tweeted a graph showing a bullish reaction to Ramaphosa's anticipated win:

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Who is the ANC's new leader?

Cyril Ramaphosa is the new leader of South Africa's African National Congress (ANC).

He has served as deputy president since 2014.

Here's is more about him:

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected ANC leader

Only one woman wins ANC seat

Apart from the position of president of the African National Congress (ANC), five other roles were also being contested.

However, one journalist has pointed out that male candidates won all the top seats, with only one woman elected in a deputy position:

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Zuma reacts to Ramaphosa's win

A journalist has shared a video of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma's reaction to the win of his deputy as the new ANC leader.

His facial expression, amid wild cheers from Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters, appears to have done little to hide what he thought of the news:

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Mr Zuma was backing Ramaphosa's rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former African Union chief, who is also his ex-wife.

Jubilation outside Ramaphosa's house

The excitement in the conference centre after Cyril Ramaphoza was revealed to be the new leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) is nothing compared to the excitement outside the politician's home:

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Who is Cyril Ramaphosa?

A lover of fast cars, vintage wine, trout fishing and game farming, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the country's wealthiest politicians with a net worth of about $450m (£340m).

Once a leading trade unionist, he became the symbol of black capitalism in South Africa after the African National Congress (ANC) came to power at the end of white minority rule in 1994.

But business was never his passion. His first love was politics and he harboured ambitions to become the deputy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.

When Mr Mandela overlooked him, he was said to have been so upset that he refused to attend Mr Mandela's inauguration as president.

He also declined to take a post in government.

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Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is hoping to succeed Jacob Zuma (R) as president
Cyril Ramaphosa (L) is taking over from Jacob Zuma (R) as president

Rampahosa shed tears

A South African news-site has captured the moment Cyril Ramaphosa heard he had won the race for the leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The pensive looking deputy president of South Africa, it says, shed tears:

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ANC leadership race: Ramaphosa wins in a close fight

New African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphoza won by less than 200 votes.

The ANC veteran beat rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by 2,440 votes to 2,261.

The announcement of his victory was met by cheers from the delegates who had gathered in Johannesburg for the four-day conference.

The news has also been welcomed on social media:

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BreakingRamaphosa wins ANC leadership race

Cyril Ramaphosa has won the leadership of South Africa's African National Congress (ANC).

More to follow.

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ANC leadership race: Zuma takes the stage

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has just treated the delegates to a rousing rendition.

You can see some of it below:

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ANC leadership race: Rumours of a recount request

After waiting more than an hour for an "imminent" announcement, rumours have begun to circulate that one of the African National Congress (ANC) leadership candidates has asked for a recount.

South African website IOL News suggested the request had come from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's camp:

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ANC leadership race: Zuma snaps

We reported earlier that South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was in a "deep phone conversation", according to a Reuters reporter.

According to this journalist, not any more:

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ANC leadership race: Body posture update

A Reuters journalist has been giving an update on what's happening at the conference hall as people wait for the results of the African National Congress (ANC) leadership election.

He has helpfully brought us to speed on the body language of the three main characters in this particular race.

So, here we go:

  • President Jacob Zuma is on the phone and seems to be in deep conversation.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is smiling and taking pictures of the delegates.
  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has her back against the conference hall.

What does it all mean? Who knows. But like this journalist, we would like to know what they are talking about:

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ANC leadership race: Singing and dancing '40 minutes later'

We reported earlier that the results of the African National Congress leadership race were imminent.

Well, more than 40 minutes later there's no indication that the announcement is coming any time soon.

A Reuters journalist has remarked that, despite the delay, the delegates have not relented on their exuberant song and dance.

Well, we have also not relented in monitoring the ANC conference, so stay with us.

ANC leadership race: Someone's calm

It has been a tense time for people on both sides of the fight to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC).

But, as our reporter Pumza Fihlani reveals, some people are taking it all in their (very relaxed) stride:

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ANC leadership race: 'We don't care who wins'

It might be all excitement in the conference centre in Johannesburg, but thousands of miles away in Cape Town's Gugulethu, the feeling is quite the opposite.

In fact, this resident told a News24 reporter that people like him had "lost hope" in the leadership of the African National Conference (ANC).

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ANC leadership race: Who will it be?

Our colleague Fergal Keane is in the middle of a cacophony of song and dance courtesy of jubilant African National Congress ( ANC) supporters.

He has snapped this picture of supporters.

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ANC leadership race: Does Malema know something we don't?

Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has decided he already knows whose won the battle for ANC leadership:

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Inside information, an educated guess - or just plain wrong?

ANC leadership race: Ramaphosa 'grinning'

Everyone wants to know who has won the leadership for the governing African National Congress (ANC).

A South African journalist has been contrasting the body languages of the two leading candidates.

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What does Cyril Ramaphosa "grin' mean? And what is with the "sipping of water"? Does it tell us anything about Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?

Who knows - but speculating is half the fun, right?

ANC leadership race: A song and dance

Delegates at the African National Congress (ANC) conference are singing and dancing ahead of an imminent announcement of the party's new leader.

A reporter with eNCA says that they " are singing about unity".

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Announcement imminent

A South African journalist has shared a photo of reporters who have gathered for the announcement of the results of the African National Congress (ANC) leadership race.

Reports say the party will make the announcement any time now:

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There are also five other positions which have been contested, apart from the party's president's position.

Zimbabwe's army chief to retire

Gen Constantino Chiwenga speaks at a press conference

Zimbabwe's army chief who led the operation to oust former President Robert Mugabe is set to retire, the Reuters news agency reports.

Gen Constantino Chiwenga had earlier announced the end of 'Operation Restore Legacy' ordering the military soldiers who had been deployed on the streets to return to the barracks.

Observers however say that the move will now clear the way for Mr Chiwenga to be appointed as vIce president.

New President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a party conference last week that he would announce his two deputies in a matter of days.

Read:The army chief who took power from Mugabe

Uganda opposition MP: 'We have brains'

The BBC's Patience Atuhaire has been catching up with Uganda's opposition MPs, who walked out of parliament earlier today in protest after their colleagues were suspended.

The politicians are opposing a proposal to scrap the upper age limit of 75, which they say is a plan to allow President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to rule for life, as we have been reporting.

And those Patience talked to were not mincing their words, with one lawmaker telling her the contest is a battle of muscle against wits - and the opposition, he says, has the plenty of the latter:

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Here are some other comments:

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Ghanaian is US first black woman Olympic speedskater

Ghana-born Maame Biney has become the first black woman to qualify for the US Olympic speed skating team, NBC news reports.

The 17-year-old will represent the US in the Winter Olympics in February next year.

Watch her qualification race and look out for a banner by her ecstatic father reading "kick some hiney, Biney''.

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ANC leadership race: 'The suspense is incredible'

The BBC's Milton Nkosi has neatly summed up the feelings of an entire country as we wait to see who will follow in Jacob Zuma's footsteps as leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC):

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He told Africa Live: "Here at the conference centre people are huddled in small groups speculating and contemplating about the possible outcome of this historic vote.

"I have received numerous text messages of people informing me about what they think ANC delegates have decided.

"Fake news, rumours and innuendo are abound.

"This is not just confined to the conference delegates only - The whole country is on tenterhooks because the ANC is largest political party in the country. When it sneezes the whole country catches cold.

"The suspense is incredible."

You can see more from throughout the day by scrolling down through today's live page, or read the story here.

We will also be keeping you in the loop with all the latest updates, so keep checking back.

ANC official slammed for equating corruption amnesty to apartheid

A top official of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has been criticised for calling for forgiveness of those involved in the state capture corruption scandal - equating such a pardon with reconciliation after apartheid rule ended.

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said that it was shocked by the comments made by Bathabile Dlamini, who heads a branch of the ANC's women league.

Sanco, IOL reports, warned ANC of pardoning those alleged to have been involved in corruption.

"Any suggestion that those responsible for looting of state resources at an unprecedented massive scale while making a mockery of our criminal justice system and anti-corruption measures might be left off the hook will ring the death knell for the ruling party if heeded."

Ms Dlamini made the comments in an interview at the sidelines of the ongoing ANC party conference.

EWN news-site highlighted the controversial part of the comments in a tweet:

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State capture refers to allegations the Gupta family used their influence with President Jacob Zuma's family to access millions of dollars worth of government contracts.

The two parties deny any wrongdoing.

Sir Mo Farah 'shocked' to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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Sir Mo Farah, the Somali-born refugee turned Olympic gold medal winner, has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - and no one is more surprised than him!

Sir Mo, who won legions of fans around the world with his trademark "Mobot", beat motorcyclist Jonathan Rea, Para-athlete Jonnie Peacock and boxer Anthony Joshua to the title.

He told the BBC afterwards:

I can't stop staring at the trophy. I do owe it to the public, to the people who voted for me and supported me.

It's incredible, amazing. To be honest with you, I never thought I would win having come so close before."

The 34-year-old, who has just moved back to London from the US, later shared a picture of himself with the trophy on his Instagram page, writing alongside: "Unbelievable night thank you everyone for voting for me tonight amazing wow....!!!"

You can read the BBC's full story here.

Uganda opposition MPs walk out

Uganda MPs fight during parliament debate in September

Most opposition MPs in Uganda's parliament have walked out in protest over the suspension of six of their colleagues, the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Kampala.

However, after nearly three hours in which they blocked the debate on removing presidential age limits - essentially clearing the way for current President Yoweri Museveni to stand for a sixth time - it is now underway.

The ruling party has said it wants the legislation passed before Christmas.

It has been a highly charged debate - ending on at least one occasion with MPs trading blows.

Read our previous entries from today's Africa Live here, and keep checking back for more updates.

Thierry Henry becomes Nigerian 'chief'

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Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has been made a chief in Nigeria.

Henry was given the title of “Igwe”, which means king in Igbo, a title his team of adoring fans from the eastern part of the Nigeria bestowed on him during the course of his career.

However, while he may have looked the part, dressed in a traditional Igbo outfit complete with its ensemble of red hat, hand fan and staff, this Igwe title is not official.

It transpires, fans are unable to bestow this particular honour on their heroes, however many goals they score.

Only a king can make someone a chief, explains the BBC’s Gbolahan Macjob, a Nigerian chief in his own right.

Henry, who was in Lagos on Sunday meeting the winners of a consumer promotions organised by Guinness, was also pictured helping out in cooking some Jollof rice at the event.

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Zuma: 'We all want a good South Africa'

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been addressing what looks like an impromptu media briefing at the venue hosting the conference of the governing African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg.

The party is expected to unveil a new team to take over the party later today, with the ANC presidential race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being the most watched.

Mr Zuma rehashed a theme in the speech he gave at the event on Saturday, calling for unity in the party.

He said that there are different political "routes, paths and highways and footpaths" but they all lead to the same direction.

He added that "we all want a good South Africa".

Watch his remarks here:

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Somali government critic arrested

Farah Yusuf

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

Somali security forces have arrested a prominent critic of the government "for treason" following a deadly raid on his home in the capital, Mogadishu, the state-run radio has reported.

Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, a former planning minister who ran for the presidency in February, was slightly wounded in the raid, but five of his guards were killed, according to local media reports.

“Honourable Abdirahman Abdikashur was arrested at about 23:10 local time (20:10 GMT) last night despite a gunfight between his guards and security forces,” Radio Mogadishu said on its website.

His party, Wadajir, has condemned the arrest and vowed to “put into the light the blunders of the government”.

“He was arrested in an illegal manner on orders from the president’s…office. We really condemn the attack. We passed the reign of dictatorship and settling matters through the barrel of a gun by attacking our party office and leaders,” Wadajir chairman Kamal Gutale said.

The raid occurred hours after the attorney-general announced that two members of the House of the People [federal parliament] were being investigated for treason.

Abdishakur said on Twitter on Sunday that the attorney-general’s revelations were “an unconstitutional war on Somali MPs and parliament”.

Zuma's lap of honour

Delegates gathered at the African National Congress (ANC) conference are anxiously waiting for the results of the leadership contest to be revealed.

Our colleague Lebo Diseko has snapped this picture of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who has been walking around the conference venue in Johannesburg before addressing the media for the last time as ANC leader.

Mr Zuma will be replaced as head of the party, but he will remain South Africa's president until the elections in 2019.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma

Scroll down through today's Africa Live updates for lots more on the ANC leadership race.

Nigerian singer wins the heart of Romania

Merian Jane singing at the voice contest
Merian Jane

Nigerian singer Meriam Jane Nduibisi has won the hearts of Romanians at the finals of The Voice song contest held in Bucharest.

Nduibisi narrowly missed the opportunity to make history of becoming the first African to win a contest in Romania.

She became a strong contender, following her performance last week at the live auditions which saw one of the judges rip his buzzer off his chair in excitement.

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The singer who was born in Reggio Calabria in the south of Italy to Nigerian parents from Edo state, went to Romania for the first time in February solely to enter the song contest.

She learnt to speak the language within the short time and sang three of her songs in Romanian language.

“I watched a lot of Romania TV programs and I noticed that alternative music is growing in the country, plus there is an appetite for music in general” she told the BBC’s Gbolahan Macjob.

Nduibisi is set to perform at a Christmas concert in Romania later this month.

ANC leadership race: A puppet's eye-view

Counting is underway in Johannesburg, which means the leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress' (ANC) will soon be unveiled.

But who are Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the two people vying to take Jacob Zuma's place?

For a quick run-down, we turn to one of South Africa's more unusual political commentators, the puppet, Chester Missing (who made his debut on Africa Live earlier today).

Votes are being counted in a leadership election for South Africa's ruling ANC party

Keep checking back with Africa Live for the latest on the ANC leadership race throughout the day.

Libya's Misrata mayor assassinated

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Unknown gunmen assassinated the mayor of Libya’s port city of Misrata late on Sunday night.

Mohamed Shteiwy was killed shortly after arriving in the city from an official trip to Istanbul, Turkey.

Libya’s third largest city is reputed to be safer and more stable than most in the conflict-ridden and politically divided country, and even has an Italian military presence there.

However, the mayor faced a growing opposition to his rule earlier this year.

Assassinations are not new to Libya, but this is one of the most high-profile killings this year.

An official representative of Misrata's municipality told the BBC that the mayor was picked up from the city’s airport by his brother late on Sunday.

Their vehicle was ambushed shortly after by another car with four unknown gunmen. The assailants took Mr Shteiwy after shooting his brother in the leg.

Mr Shteiwy’s bullet-ridden body was later found on a street in front of a hospital in the city.

His killing has shocked people there because the city is seen as safer than most in the country.

However, so-called ‘hardliners’ within Misrata's military council tried to overthrow the mayor from power earlier this year.

His opponents were angered by what they saw as his increased reconciliatory tone towards the regional political and military divide plaguing the country.

Kenyan teen awarded millions after police strip-search

A Kenyan court has awarded a schoolgirl four million Kenyan shillings ($40,000; £30,000) after she was strip-searched by police who were looking for drugs in a 2015 incident, local media report.

Pictures of the young woman, allegedly taken by police, were then circulated on social media.

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The court said the rights of the 18-year-old secondary school student had been violated.

Privately-owned newspaper The Standard reports the schoolgirl was photographed half-naked during the incident and the pictures leaked on social media.

The schoolgirl then filed a lawsuit jointly with a children rights group, Cradle, claiming the semi-nude photos humiliated her and asking for a compensation of $70,000.

The Standard reports the female student was with 44 others who were all arrested in a trading centre in the central Nyeri country.

The newspaper says police intercepted the school bus they were travelling in and found the students smoking marijuana and having sex.

Nairobi News news-site reports that the schoolgirl pleaded guilty to being in possession of marijuana and was given 18 months probation.

ANC conference: Voting finished

Voting for the African National Congress's (ANC) new leaders has officially ended, the party's Twitter account announces.

A result is expected later today.

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Party members have been deciding on who will succeed President Jacob Zuma.