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Eritrea Welcomes Ethiopia PM’s Olive Branch, Raising Hopes Of Breakthrough

Eritrea Welcomes Ethiopia PM’s Olive Branch, Raising Hopes Of Breakthrough

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as “positive signals”. Speaking at a Martyrs’ Day event in the capital, Asmara, 72-year-old Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of […]

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa, Main Rival Sign Up For First Post-Mugabe Election

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa, Main Rival Sign Up For First Post-Mugabe Election

President Emmerson Mnangagwa registered on Thursday for Zimbabwe’s first national elections of the post-Mugabe era, with his main rival Nelson Chamisa hoping to rally younger voters against the generation that won independence. Western governments and investors will be closely watching the July 30 presidential and parliamentary ballots, for which monitors got clearance to deploy for […]

Uganda’s President, Police Vow Crackdown After Killing of MP

Uganda’s President, Police Vow Crackdown After Killing of MP

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the country’s police chief have vowed a crackdown on crime after a ruling-party lawmaker was shot dead last week by men on motorbikes. At the funeral on Monday of MP Ibrahim Abiriga, Museveni said the government would ban motorcycle riders from wearing hooded jackets. The men who shot the lawmaker […]

Zimbabwe’s Opposition MDC Party Vows To Revive Economy If It Wins July Election

Zimbabwe’s Opposition MDC Party Vows To Revive Economy If It Wins July Election

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party promised on Thursday to revive the economy if it wins an election in July by cutting taxes, abolishing a quasi-currency “bond note”, joining a regional monetary union and seeking debt relief. The country holds its first vote since Robert Mugabe’s downfall in November after nearly 40 years in power. New President […]

Nigeria Lawmakers Issue Demands To President Amid Strained Relations

Nigeria Lawmakers Issue Demands To President Amid Strained Relations

Nigerian lawmakers on Tuesday issued a list of demands to the president, largely related to security, in the latest sign of strained relations between the executive and legislature months before the country goes to the polls. President Muhammadu Buhari won election in 2015 mostly on his vow to improve security and fight corruption. But tensions […]

Ethiopia’s Parliament Approves Government’s Move To End Emergency Rule

Ethiopia’s Parliament Approves Government’s Move To End Emergency Rule

Ethiopia’s parliament approved on Tuesday the government’s decision to lift a six-month state of emergency two months earlier than planned, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting reported. The government imposed emergency rule in February to clamp down on unrest sparked by a planned development scheme for the capital Addis Ababa which some fear will lead to land seizures […]

South Africa’s Zuma Behind Backlash Against Ramaphosa, ANC Ally Says

South Africa’s Zuma Behind  Backlash Against Ramaphosa, ANC Ally Says

South Africa’s former leader Jacob Zuma is impeding a crackdown on corruption by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) under President Cyril Ramaphosa, the head of the communist party said. The ANC has become increasingly divided since Zuma was ousted by Ramaphosa’s faction in February. Many of Zuma’s allies remain in top party positions and […]

New Leaders Grab the Reins of Power in Italy and Spain

New Leaders Grab the Reins of Power in Italy and Spain

Spain’s new leader began harnessing the unlikely forces that brought him to power while a populist government took over in Italy, capping a week of political drama that sent financial markets into turmoil as the future of the euro region again rose to the fore. In Madrid, Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez was sworn in Saturday […]

Zimbabwe Sets First Post-Mugabe Elections For July 30

Zimbabwe Sets First Post-Mugabe Elections For July 30

Zimbabwe will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday, a vote he vows will be free and fair with international monitoring after the ouster of 94-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, who took power after the November military coup against Mugabe, counts on the election to bolster his legitimacy […]

Mali President Confirms He Will Run For Re-Election

Mali President Confirms He Will Run For Re-Election

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced on state TV on Monday that he would run for re-election in a poll scheduled for the end of July. Keita, 73, had been widely expected to run for a second term, but had not confirmed his intention. He faces growing political opposition in the capital Bamako, especially among […]

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