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Mugabe Removed As WHO Goodwill Ambassador After Outcry

Mugabe Removed As WHO Goodwill Ambassador After Outcry

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among donors and rights groups at his appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a […]

Liberia’s Vice President, Ex-Football Star Head to Runoff Vote

Liberia’s Vice President, Ex-Football Star Head to Runoff Vote

Former A.C. Milan player Weah wins most votes, Boakai second Runoff on Nov. 7 to determine Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successor George Weah casts his vote for Liberia’s elections, at a polling station in Monrovia on Oct. 10, 2017. Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Liberia’s soccer star turned politician George Weah and Vice President Joseph […]

Kenya Electoral Official Quits Saying Vote Won’t Be Credible

Kenya Electoral Official Quits Saying Vote Won’t Be Credible

A top Kenyan electoral official resigned and fled the East African nation a week before a scheduled rerun of an annulled presidential vote, saying it won’t be credible. Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission staff face intimidation by political actors and protesters, senior personnel are serving partisan interests and the training of presiding officers is being […]

Liberia’s Weah, Boakai Step Closer to Presidential Runoff Vote

Liberia’s Weah, Boakai Step Closer to Presidential Runoff Vote

Former A.C. Milan soccer starter George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are closer to running in a second-round vote in Liberia’s presidential election as they have the most votes with 74 percent of polling stations tallied. Weah had 39.2 percent of the vote and Boakai got 29.6 percent, with about 1.1 million ballots counted, […]

Zuma May Face Graft Charges After South Africa Court Ruling

Zuma May Face Graft Charges After South Africa Court Ruling

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal opened the way for the reinstatement of criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma by upholding a lower court’s ruling that a decision by prosecutors to scrap them was “irrational.” Zuma’s lawyers conceded in a Sept. 14 hearing at the High Court that the National Prosecuting Authority’s reasoning in dropping […]

Kenya Vote In Balance As Crisis Deepens After Odinga Quits

Kenya Vote In Balance As Crisis Deepens After Odinga Quits

Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis on Wednesday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta’s path to a second term as president, a day after his rival quit an election they were to contest. Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election on Oct. […]

Kenyan Opposition Takes to Streets Ahead of Election Decision

Kenyan Opposition Takes to Streets Ahead of Election Decision

Kenyan police fired teargas at opposition supporters in two cities as the East African nation awaits the electoral commission’s response to Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from a presidential vote rerun that threatens a constitutional crisis. Demonstrators marched in the capital, Nairobi, and the western city of Kisumu to protest what Odinga said is the electoral commission’s […]

Liberians Vote for New President As Johnson Sirleaf Steps Down

Liberians Vote for New President As Johnson Sirleaf Steps Down

Liberians vote Tuesday to choose a new legislature as well as a president to replace Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from among 20 candidates who include a retired soccer star, a former warlord and a wealthy chicken farmer. Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president who’s governed the impoverished nation for the past […]

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air on Monday as hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an election. Reuters television footage showed a sport utility vehicle ploughing into some of the protesters, severely injuring […]

Tanzanian President Splits Energy And Mining In Ministry Shake-Up

Tanzanian President Splits Energy And Mining In Ministry Shake-Up

    Tanzanian president John Magufuli split the energy and minerals ministry in two and appointed heads for the new ministries on Saturday, five months after sacking the previous minister. Two presidential committees had recommended the move to tighten supervision of natural resources in Tanzania, where Magufuli has sent shockwaves through the mining community since […]

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