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South African Opposition, Rights Groups March Against Zuma

South African Opposition, Rights Groups March Against Zuma

Thousands marched in major South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency. Zuma’s sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the reshuffle last Thursday has outraged allies and opponents alike, undermined his authority and caused rifts in the […]

Gambia Chooses Lawmakers as New Leader Seeks Backing for Reforms

Gambia Chooses Lawmakers as New Leader Seeks Backing for Reforms

    Gambians are going to the polls today in a parliamentary vote that will be crucial for the new government’s ability to implement reforms after two decades of rule by Yahya Jammeh, the former dictator ousted by West African neighbors in January. President Adama Barrow defeated Jammeh in presidential elections in December with the […]

Zuma May Face No-Confidence Motion, Parliament Speaker Says

Zuma May Face No-Confidence Motion, Parliament Speaker Says

South African parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete said she’s considering a request to recall lawmakers to debate an opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, after he made sweeping cabinet changes that top ruling party officials said was done without their consultation. “Given the seriousness inherent in the motions of no confidence and their […]

Top ANC Leaders Oppose Zuma’s Plan to Fire Gordhan

Top ANC Leaders Oppose Zuma’s Plan to Fire Gordhan

Three of the top six officials of South Africa’s ruling party told President Jacob Zuma that they opposed his plan to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Zuma told the African National Congress leaders in a meeting on Monday that he wanted to dismiss Gordhan because he was […]

Ivory Coast’s Former First Lady Cleared Of War Crimes Charges

Ivory Coast’s Former First Lady Cleared Of War Crimes Charges

A court in Ivory Coast acquitted former First Lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges linked to her role in a 2011 civil war that killed about 3,000 people, state television announced on Tuesday. The West African nation had refused to extradite her to face similar charges before the International Criminal […]

Zuma Batters South Africa’s Credibility by Ordering Gordhan Home

Zuma Batters South Africa’s Credibility by Ordering Gordhan Home

South African President Jacob Zuma’s order for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to cancel an investor roadshow in London and the U.S. left the nation’s credibility in tatters. The rand plunged more than any other major currency after Zuma, 74, told Gordhan to return home a day after he departed for the week of meetings. The […]

Housing Activists Occupy State-Owned Buildings Near Cape Town Centre

Housing Activists Occupy State-Owned Buildings Near Cape Town Centre

Civil disobedience action follows provincial government’s decision not to build social housing on Tafelberg property in Sea Point Activists supporting the Reclaim the City campaign have moved into abandoned rooms in Woodstock Hospital and Helen Bowden Nurses Home. This comes a few days after the provincial government refused the demand of a long-running campaign to […]

Mubarak, Egypt’s Toppled Pharaoh, Is Free After Final Charges Dropped

Mubarak, Egypt’s Toppled Pharaoh, Is Free After Final Charges Dropped

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said. The 88-year-old was cleared of the final murder charges against him this month, after facing trial in a litany […]

Zimbabwe Police Out In Force Ahead Of Opposition Protest

Zimbabwe Police Out In Force Ahead Of Opposition Protest

Zimbabwean police deployed water cannon and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by opposition parties against changes to the voter registration process. Anti-government protests in August descended into some of the worst violence seen in the southern African nation for two decades as anger over economic […]

Somalia’s New Prime Minister Names 26-Minister Cabinet

Somalia’s New Prime Minister Names 26-Minister Cabinet

Somalia’s new prime minister named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat. Hassan Ali Khaire, who was appointed to the post by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed last month, read out his list of cabinet ministers to reporters. President Mohamed […]