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Gabon Court Orders Prime Minister To Resign, Parliament Dissolved

Gabon Court Orders Prime Minister To Resign, Parliament Dissolved

Gabon’s Constitutional Court on Monday ordered the prime minister to resign and the lower house of parliament dissolved after legislative elections scheduled for the weekend were delayed. The court ruled that Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet and the National Assembly were no longer legitimate because the government failed to hold the election on time. “The decisions […]

Former Malawi President Banda Returns Home, Says Ready To Prove Innocence

Former Malawi President Banda Returns Home, Says Ready To Prove Innocence

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda returned home on Saturday to a rousing welcome by supporters and vowed to prove her innocence after more than three years in self-imposed exile amid graft allegations. The so-called “Cashgate” scandal in which senior government officials were accused of siphoning millions of dollars from state coffers was uncovered in 2013 […]

Ethiopia Considering Term Limits For Prime Ministers – PM Abiy

Ethiopia Considering Term Limits For Prime Ministers – PM Abiy

Ethiopia is considering introducing a two-term limit for its prime ministers in a break from its past, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. The ruling EPRDF coalition picked Abiy in March to replace Hailemariam Desalegn, who quit to clear the way for reforms in Africa’s second most populous nation, which has been racked by violence for […]

Tanzania Sets 2-Week Deadline For Bloggers Amid Internet Crackdown

Tanzania Sets 2-Week Deadline For Bloggers Amid Internet Crackdown

  Tanzania’s communications regulator has issued a two-week deadline for bloggers to register their platforms under strict new online content rules, amid concerns that the government is cracking down on internet users. The regulations passed in March make it mandatory for bloggers and owners of other online forums such as Youtube TV channels to register […]

Thousands March in Madagascar To Protest At Election Laws

Thousands March in Madagascar To Protest At Election Laws

Thousands marched in protest against the government in Madagascar’s capital on Monday after the president denounced unrest in which two people were killed as a “coup” intended to divide the country’s people. On Saturday, police fired teargas at an opposition demonstration held in protest against new electoral laws, where one person died and more than […]

Armenia PM Storms Out Of Talks With Opposition Leader

Armenia PM Storms Out Of Talks With Opposition Leader

Armenia’s political turmoil deepened on Sunday with the detention of anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan, shortly after Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian stormed out of talks with him on the tenth day of mass rallies against his rule. Pashinyan and two other opposition politicians “were detained as they were committing socially dangerous acts”, the prosecutor general’s […]

Ramaphosa Cuts Short Britain Trip To Deal With Protests At Home

Ramaphosa Cuts Short Britain Trip To Deal With Protests At Home

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his visit to Britain by a day to return home to deal with protests in the country’s North West province, his office said on Thursday. Protesters seeking jobs, better housing, roads and hospitals frequently clash with police in a country faced with weak economic growth and near-record […]

Ethiopia’s New Premier Reshuffles Cabinet As Part Of Reform Bid

Ethiopia’s New Premier Reshuffles Cabinet As Part Of Reform Bid

Ethiopia’s new premier Abiy Ahmed named a new defence minister on Thursday as part of a reshuffle to help implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces. Abiy named 10 new ministers but retained the finance and foreign ministers from the cabinet of his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn, […]

Kenya Election Officials Quit, Pressure On Chairman To Go

Kenya Election Officials Quit, Pressure On Chairman To Go

Three Kenyan election officials resigned on Monday, increasing chaos at the electoral Commission following last year’s botched presidential vote that had to be rerun and was then boycotted by the opposition. The resignations leave only two commissioners and the chairman at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which last week sent its chief executive […]

Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

A surprise handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga has stirred up Kenyan politics as the long-time rivals set their sights on the 2022 elections.   Less than a year since Kenyatta was re-elected to a second and final term in a vote that Odinga called a farce, the two shook hands […]