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Mugabe Says Never Thought Mnangagwa Would Turn Against Him

Mugabe Says Never Thought Mnangagwa Would Turn Against Him

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe said he never thought new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup, in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Mugabe, 94, ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he stepped down under pressure from Mnangagwa’s allies in the army […]

Out in Africa? Tillerson Trip Leaves Hosts Nonplussed

Out in Africa? Tillerson Trip Leaves Hosts Nonplussed

From the outset, Rex Tillerson’s first trip to Africa looked half-hearted and token, but with the hindsight knowledge that the U.S. Secretary of State was fired just two days in, his African hosts must be wondering why they bothered. Beyond $533 million in humanitarian aid and some pat remarks about security and not getting too […]

Sierra Leone Poll Looks Set For 2nd Round With Half Results In

Sierra Leone Poll Looks Set For 2nd Round With Half Results In

Sierra Leone’s presidential election results were too close to call after half the votes had been counted on Saturday, with the two front runners neck-and-neck, making a second round likely. Ex-foreign minister Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress and rival Julius Maada Bio, a former junta leader and candidate of the Sierra Leone […]

South African Court Dismisses Gigaba’s Appeal

South African Court Dismisses Gigaba’s Appeal

South Africa’s highest court dismissed an application by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to appeal against a High Court ruling that he lied under oath when testifying in a case filed by a company controlled by the billionaire Oppenheimer family.  Fireblade Aviation filed a lawsuit alleging Gigaba had reneged on a pledge to grant it […]

Political Crisis Eases as Kenya’s Odinga Vows to End Dissent

Political Crisis Eases as Kenya’s Odinga Vows to End Dissent

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed to end a defiance campaign after his first talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta since disputed elections, easing the East African nation’s political crisis. The meeting, which came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to arrive in Kenya as part of an African tour, represents a […]

Sierra Leone Elects New Leader in Too-Close-to-Call Race

Sierra Leone Elects New Leader in Too-Close-to-Call Race

Voters in Sierra Leone are going to the polls to elect a successor for President Ernest Bai Koroma in a campaign where the participation of an unprecedented number of political parties is making the outcome too close to call. As Koroma nears the end of his second five-year term, the nation of 6.5 million people […]

Sierra Leone to Vote Amid Discontent Over Ebola, Iron Ore

Sierra Leone to Vote Amid Discontent Over Ebola, Iron Ore

Sierra Leone will hold elections on Wednesday in which an unprecedented number of political parties will compete as discontent over the government’s handling of an economy battered by the Ebola outbreak has soared.  The vote marks a departure from a decades-old tradition that mainly divided the balance of power between the All People’s Congress and […]

Al-Qaeda Militant Attacks Erode Malian President’s Popularity

Al-Qaeda Militant Attacks Erode Malian President’s Popularity

Foreign travel is the first thing that comes to mind when Malian lettuce farmer Moussa Samake thinks about President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Nicknamed “the carrier pigeon” for his frequent trips abroad, Keita, 73, is expected to seek re-election in July after a five-year term marred by growing insecurity in the landlocked West African nation. His […]

Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germany’s SPD Backs Coalition

Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germany’s SPD Backs Coalition

Germany’s Social Democrats voted to join Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next government, clearing the last hurdle to her fourth term and restoring a sense of political stability in Europe’s biggest economy. SPD members approved the coalition pact by a wider-than-expected margin, which may make it easier for the party to effectively govern with Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led […]

Botswana’s President Speaks His Mind About Fellow African Leaders, and Trump

Botswana’s President Speaks His Mind About Fellow African Leaders, and Trump

  As most African leaders maintained a stony silence in response to Congolese leader Joseph Kabila’s determination to postpone elections and extend his stay in office, Botswana President Ian Khama’s government shot straight from the hip. “Some political leaders refuse to relinquish power when their term of office expires,” it said on Twitter. “It is […]