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  • Senegal: Israel, Senegal Mend Diplomatic Ties

    ISRAEL, 2017/06/06 Israel and Senegal have mended diplomatic ties that ruptured next the West African country co-sponsored a U.N. Security Council resolution in December condemning Jewish settlement construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Liberia on the sidelines of the Economic Community of West African States summit. Israel announced its ambassador will return to Senegal, which, in turn, will support Israel's nomination for observer status at the African Union.
  • Nigeria’s President Buhari should step aside

    NIGERIA, 2017/05/04 Rumors about the health of Nigeria's President Buhari have swirled in the last few months and he is presently said to be working from home. DW's Fred Muvunyi thinks it's time for Buhari approaching clean and step aside. It's unfortunate that the Nigerian president has been unwell and that on numerous occasions he couldn't attend to critical matters affecting ordinary citizens. In March he returned from London where he spent seven weeks undergoing medical tests. In late April he missed his second cabinet conference in a row amid speculation about the national of his health. Nigerians understand the repercussions of losing a sitting president perhaps better than anyone else. The unexpected death of President Umaru Yar'Adua in 2010 sparked political infighting before the swearing-in of President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari's predecessor.
  • ISS Today: Of businessmen, technocrats and politicos – the race for Liberia’s presidency

    LIBERIA, 2017/03/07 In October 2017, for the initial time in over half a century, Liberians will participate in the peaceful transfer of power between a living president and an elected successor. A compelling cast of businessmen, technocrats and career politicians are jockeying to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Over the 11 years of her presidency, she may have stabilised Liberia’s transition from war to peace, but she failed to deliver on the promises of economic prosperity and social justice that would have provided a foundation for that peace to be sustainable.
  • Burundi: European Parliament Accuses Burundi Government of Human Rights Violations

    BURUNDI, 2017/01/23 This Thursday 19 January 2017, the European parliament has written to the Burundi government, spelling out a number of accusations about human rights violations. It has as well condemned the law legalising the "Imbonerakure", a violent youth militia, according to the European parliament. The European parliament says its statement on Burundi expresses its deep concerns at the worsening political security situation and violence occurring in Burundi since 2015.
  • Gambian President-Elect Defiant Against Court Injunction

    GAMBIA, 2017/01/17 Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has taken refuge in neighboring Senegal ahead of his inauguration in three days. Despite President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to step aside, Barrow insists he will take power. Next 22 years in power, President Jammeh told Gambians Sunday he had filed an injunction in the Supreme Court to restrict Barrow from taking office despite Barrow winning the 2016 election. "I have confirmed that we have filed an application for an injunction to restrict Mr. Adama Barrow from being sworn in inclunding restricting the chief justice and any other parties from swearing in Mr. Adama Barrow until the application is decided by the Supreme Court of Gambia. And until again, the status quo remains," Jammeh said.
  • An economist and former central bank governor, Mahamudu Bawumia, was sworn in as vice president.

    GHANA, 2017/01/09 Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president on Saturday, pledging to cut taxes and boost the private sector to accelerate increase in an economy that’s recording its slowest expansion in two decades. “We believe that the business of government is to govern; ours is to set equitable rules, and we will provide vision and direction and shine the light down the path of our entrepreneurs and farmers,” Akufo-Addo, 72, said during the ceremony in the capital, Accra. “We are counting on a vibrant private sector to drive increase and create jobs.”
  • Santos passes baton to Angola’s defence chief

    ANGOLA, 2016/12/11 Angola formally announced the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ controversial 37-year rule, and named a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country.
  • Ghana election: Opposition leader Akufo-Addo declared winner

    GHANA, 2016/12/10 Ghana's opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo has won Wednesday's tightly contested presidential election. President John Mahama called Mr Akufo-Addo to admit defeat, a spokesman for his party said, as the Electoral Commission announced the result. Mr Akufo-Addo has promised free high-school education and additional factories but critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions. Celebrations have broken out in the capital, Accra.
  • Quiet diplomacy? African leaders’ deafening silence on Adama Barrow’s monumental win

    GAMBIA, 2016/12/09 2016 has had numerous surprises, one being the shocking defeat of The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in the country’s presidential election by property developer Adama Barrow. Jammeh has been in office for the completed 22 years, and few people would have predicted a Jammeh loss, let alone the Gambian leader conceding defeat with a smile on his face, and pledging to oversee a smooth transition. Despite the grand gesture by Jammeh conceding defeat, it’s even additional surprising that African leaders who took to social media to congratulate U.S. President-elect Donald Trump have been conspicuously silent in congratulating opposition leader Barrow. Could President-elect Barrow’s win be causing some jitters?
  • The Prime Minister announces significant support for Africa and La Francophonie at the XVI Summit of La Francophonie

    CANADA, 2016/11/28 While attending the XVI Summit of La Francophonie in Madagascar, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the Government of Canada will provide $112.8 million for international aid projects that will benefit several African nations and Haiti. This funding will contribute to projects that aim to fight climate change, empower women, and protect their rights. It will as well be used to stimulate economic increase, which will create job opportunities for young people and women, and to counter terrorism and prevent radicalization.