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Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon reinforced security near public buildings after a former presidential candidate gave President Ali Bongo an ultimatum to step down and threatened to blow up government property should the nation’s leader refuse to go within three days. Roland Desire Aba’a Minko asked Bongo to relinquish power and said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in […]

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir — which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism — has hired Washington law […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament backed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, snubbing court rulings invalidating the move and risking renewed protests against a treaty opponents denounced as an erosion of sovereignty. Parliament on Wednesday passed an agreement redrawing maritime borders between the two countries after heated committee debates this week. […]

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their […]

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

South African parliament To Investigate Eskom Over Graft Allegations

  South Africa’s parliament will begin an investigation next week into state-run utility Eskom amid allegations of mismanagement in issuing government tenders, a legislator said on Monday. Eskom has been at the centre of infighting in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since Brian Molefe, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, stood down as chief […]

Qatar Says Pockets Deep Enough to Defend Riyal Amid Crisis

Qatar Says Pockets Deep Enough to Defend Riyal Amid Crisis

Qatar has enough financial firepower to defend its currency and economy, Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi said, as a Saudi-led campaign to isolate the small Gulf Arab country entered its second week. Al Emadi sought to play down the impact of the crisis on the country, saying the plunge in Qatari assets last week […]

How May’s Sure Thing Became a Political Disaster for the Ages

How May’s Sure Thing Became a Political Disaster for the Ages

  It was 5:30 a.m. when an exhausted Theresa May returned to Conservative Party headquarters to face her demoralized campaign workers. Surrounded by discarded food wrappers, inflated blue balloons and empty bottles of beer and wine, May addressed the wreckage of a gamble that went from sure thing to catastrophe in less than two months. The […]

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s president said late Thursday night the country’s army was in “hot pursuit” of Islamist group al Shabaab fighters after the insurgents’ assault on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead. In the early Thursday attack, the Islamists overran a military base in Af Urur, a town about […]

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s elections may prompt violence that evokes the unrest that killed at least 1,100 people following a disputed vote a decade ago if the electoral authorities fail to ensure this year’s process is credible, opposition leader Raila Odinga said. Any outbreak of clashes would be difficult to control, even though Kenyans “don’t want to go […]

The Saudi Prince, The Sheikh And A Gulf Renegade

The Saudi Prince, The Sheikh And A Gulf Renegade

The choreographed statements by Saudi Arabia and three allies to quarantine Qatar at just after 6 a.m. on June 5 were not signed, but there was no mistake about who was behind them. The move to halt air and sea transport and shut the tiny Gulf nation’s only land border carried the fingerprints of two of […]