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South Africa Government Takes Control of North West Province

South Africa Government Takes Control of North West Province

South Africa’s government seized control of North West province, which has been wracked by a series of violent protests, as a way to force Premier Supra Mahumapelo from his post. Mahumapelo, 49, had opposed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to lead the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa won by a narrow margin at a conference in […]

South African Premier Steps Down After Protests

South African Premier Steps Down After Protests

The premier of South Africa’s North West province, Supra Mahumapelo, has resigned, local media reported on Wednesday, after mounting political and public pressure that led to violent protests against him last month. Mahumapelo was a political ally of scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma, replaced in February by Cyril Ramaphosa, who has vowed to clean up […]

From Iceland to Malawi, UN Gender-Equality Initiative Casts a Wide Net

From Iceland to Malawi, UN Gender-Equality Initiative Casts a Wide Net

The United Nations initiative to improve global parity for women casts a wide net. At one end, Iceland is aiming for full pay equity by 2020. At the other extreme, male leaders in Malawi have agreed to end child marriage.  Both have a place in the HeForShe initiative, a program that has won promises from […]

Tunisians Vote In First Free Municipal EBlections

Tunisians Vote In First Free Municipal EBlections

Tunisians voted on Sunday in their first free municipal elections, another step in a democratic transition that has become marred by disappointment over a lack of jobs and economic opportunities. The Islamist Ennahda and secular Nidaa Tounis parties, which form a coalition at national level, are expected to dominate the polls for 350 municipalities. Tunisia […]

Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze – Ngondet Appoints New Cabinet

Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze – Ngondet Appoints New Cabinet

Gabon’s Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet announced a new government days after the constitutional court forced the dissolution of the previous one, with the ruling party retaining control of key ministries. Issoze-Ngondet, who was re-appointed as prime minister on May 3 by President Ali Bongo, moved Régis Immongault Tatangani, the former economy minister, to foreign affairs. […]

Mozambique Opposition Leader And Ex-Guerrilla Dhlakama Dies

Mozambique Opposition Leader And Ex-Guerrilla Dhlakama Dies

Former Mozambican guerrilla leader Afonso Dhlakama, who was due to run for the presidency next year, died on Thursday aged 65. Dhlakama, who headed the former rebel Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) movement, was found dead in the central town of Gorongosa, a party stronghold, state broadcaster TVM said on Thursday. It gave no details of […]

U.S. Denounces Burundi Political Violence Ahead Of Vote

U.S. Denounces Burundi Political Violence Ahead Of Vote

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denounced recent political violence in Burundi ahead of the country’s May 17 referendum to amend its constitution and expressed concerns that the vote to extend its president’s term in office could hurt its democratic institutions. “We denounce the numerous instances of violence, intimidation, and harassment committed against perceived opponents […]

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 […]