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Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Authorities in the Republic of Congo freed 11 political prisoners who backed opposition presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko in elections two years ago, said a lawyer who represented them.  Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron next month, has faced international pressure to improve his administration’s human-rights record. […]

Egypt Commends ‘Decisive’ And Brave’ Actions By Saudi King Over Khashoggi Case

Egypt Commends ‘Decisive’ And Brave’ Actions By Saudi King Over Khashoggi Case

Egypt on Saturday praised what it called the “decisive” and “brave” actions taken by Saudi King Salman in the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.   “Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty’s approach that respects the […]

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition partner as political divisions in the world’s biggest cocoa grower widen ahead of a 2020 presidential vote. Ouattara’s Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace took 92 municipalities in the Oct. 13 election, the electoral […]

Tanzania Defends Changing Its Statistics Law

Tanzania Defends Changing Its Statistics Law

Tanzania is amending its Statistics Act to ensure that all official published data are accurate, and the changes won’t restrict freedom of speech, Finance Minister Philip Mpango said. Mpango made the comments to the International Monetary Fund’s regional representative, Maxwell Mkwezalamba, at a meeting in Indonesia, according to an email from the minister’s office on […]

Pik Botha, Global Face of South Africa’s Apartheid State, Dies at 86

Pik Botha, Global Face of South Africa’s Apartheid State, Dies at 86

Pik Botha, who became the global face of South Africa’s reviled apartheid government as Pretoria’s minister of foreign affairs, has died aged 86 after a lengthy illness, the eNCA news network reported on Friday, citing his son. By turns urbane and jovial, Botha, foreign minister from 1977 until the end of white rule in 1994, […]

Cameroon Candidate Kamto Declares Victory, Ruling Party Denies

Cameroon Candidate Kamto Declares Victory, Ruling Party Denies

Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory in Sunday’s presidential election, but incumbent President Paul Biya’s party dismissed his claim as fantasy and accused him of breaking the law by making it. “I invite the outgoing president to organise a peaceful way to transfer power,” Kamto, who leads the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon […]

South Africa Finance Chief Asks to Leave Amid Pressure to Go

South Africa Finance Chief Asks to Leave Amid Pressure to Go

South Africa’s Nhlanhla Nene asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as the finance minister is under pressure to resign after he disclosed that he met members of the Gupta family at their home six times, Business Day reported. The Guptas are friends of former President Jacob Zuma who have done business […]

Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed As Its Chair

Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed As Its Chair

Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition on Friday re-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, its chief of staff said, further anchoring the authority of the 42-year-old leader as he pushes through sweeping political and economic reforms. Abiy assumed power in April after his predecessor resigned following three years of unrest. Abiy “will lead the ruling […]

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated To Boost Black Ownership

Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated To Boost Black Ownership

Namibia’s president called on Monday for a change to the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land and re-distribute it to the majority black population. “The willing-buyer willing-seller principle has not delivered results. Careful consideration should be given to expropriation,” President Hage Geingob said at the opening of the Second National Land Conference in […]