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Africa's top shots: 2 December-8 December 2016

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week:

Model Winfrida Metili, from Dar es Salaam, presents a creation during the opening night of the Swahili Fashion Week in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania on December 2, 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Model Winfrida Metili shows off a colourful hair extension at the Swahili Fashion week in Tanzania's main city Dar es Salaam on Friday...
A model waits to go on stage during the opening night of the Swahili Fashion Week being held at the National Museum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on December 2, 2016. Image copyright AFP
Image caption While this model waits her turn to go on stage with a traditional head wrap and matching skirt.
A disabled woman takes photos with a mobile phone as she attends the first wheelchair basketball tournament in Sudan, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, at the Omdurman Youth Centre, Sudan December 4, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Sunday, a disabled woman uses her tongue to take photos with a mobile phone at a basketball tournament in the Sudanese city of Omdurman...
he Tibiya team warms up as they attend the first wheelchair basketball tournament in Sudan, to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Omdurman Youth Centre, Sudan December 4, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption While some players warm up for what was the first wheelchair basketball tournament in Sudan.
Supporters of Ghana Incumbent President, John Dramani Mahama candidate of the National Democratic Congress perform during a presidential election rally at Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The Ghana election will take place on Dec. 7. Image copyright AP
Image caption At a sports stadium in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Monday, women painted in the colours of the governing National Democratic Congress rally support for the party ahead of Wednesday's tightly contested election.
Supporters of New Patriotic Party Presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, chant slogans during a presidential election rally in Accra, Ghana, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Image copyright AP
Image caption A day earlier, the main opposition New Patriotic Party held its rally, with a man drumming up support from the top of a mock elephant, which has Christian and Islamic messages written on it.
A vendor selling traditional sweets and "Aroset El Moulid" (Bride of Moulid) dolls waits for customers at a market ahead of the religious holiday of Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Old Cairo, Egypt December 8, 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Thursday, a Bride of Moulid (an Arabic word for birthday) is on sale in Egypt's capital, Cairo, where many Muslims are celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad in what they call the Year of the Elephant.
A man walks past a new piece of graffiti art painted on a wall in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, 07 December 2017. The art work, which depicts an underwater world with fish and a turtle, is in the Maboneng area of the biggest city in the country. Image copyright EPA
Image caption A day earlier. children in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, play next to a wall which depicts an underwater world and advertises alcohol with a warning to those aged under 18 not to drink.
Two children are pictured in front of the portraits of the former Cuban president Fidel Castro and the former South Sudanese leader John Garang at the memorial service for the former Cuban president Fidel Castro organised by the Red Army and the Sudan People"s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the SPLM House in Juba, South Sudan, on December 4, 2016. Image copyright AFP
Image caption While these two children are seen on Sunday in front of a portrait of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and South Sudan's founding leader John Garang in South Sudan's capital, Juba. Cuba helped many South Sudanese refugees acquire an education before independence in 2011.
President Robert Mugabe leaves after delivering his State Of the Nation address at Parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 6, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Tuesday, the world's oldest president, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, leaves parliament in Harare after delivering his State of the Nation address. It lasted for about 30 minutes, one of the shortest delivered by the 92-year-old.
Gambian national Ebrima Sanneh, who has been in exile since 2013, walks on a beach in Dakar, Senegal, December 5, 2016. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption In Senegal a day earlier, exiled Gambian Ebrima Sanneh walks on a beach as he ponders the future following the stunning defeat of authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh in elections.
Police remove the handcuffs from political prisoners arriving for their hearing at Gambia"s supreme court in Banjul, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. They had been arrested in April 2016 after they took part in a peaceful demonstration and sentenced to three years in prison. The appeals court ordered their release on bail, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election to Adama Barrow Image copyright AP
Image caption On Monday in The Gambia's capital, Banjul, police remove handcuffs from a political prisoner freed on bail, in a sign that the era of repression in the West African state is ending.

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