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Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed As Its Chair

Ethiopia’s Ruling Coalition Re-elects PM Abiy Ahmed As Its Chair

Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition on Friday re-elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, its chief of staff said, further anchoring the authority of the 42-year-old leader as he pushes through sweeping political and economic reforms. Abiy assumed power in April after his predecessor resigned following three years of unrest. Abiy “will lead the ruling […]

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

As Cameroon Votes, Thousands Are Silenced By Violence

It was the nine corpses left by the roadside after a gunfight that made Honrne Waba flee her village in Northwest Cameroon in May and hide in the bush. When weeks later she learned that her house had been burned down with all her belongings inside, she decided to leave the region altogether. “I felt […]

Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated To Boost Black Ownership

Namibian President Wants Land Expropriated To Boost Black Ownership

Namibia’s president called on Monday for a change to the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land and re-distribute it to the majority black population. “The willing-buyer willing-seller principle has not delivered results. Careful consideration should be given to expropriation,” President Hage Geingob said at the opening of the Second National Land Conference in […]

South African Arms Firm Fails To Pay Senior Staff in Reform Setback

South African Arms Firm Fails To Pay Senior Staff in Reform Setback

South African state-owned arms manufacturer Denel did not pay senior staff their salaries in full this month, the company said, in a setback for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s drive to turnaround struggling state companies. Ramaphosa has made improving governance and stabilising the finances of state firms a priority since replacing Jacob Zuma as head of state […]

South Africa, UAE Sign Extradition Treaty That May Target Gupta Brothers

South Africa, UAE Sign Extradition Treaty That May Target Gupta Brothers

South Africa has signed an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates, the justice minister said on Thursday, raising the prospect of the Gupta brothers, friends of former president Jacob Zuma, returning to face corruption charges.     The Indian-born brothers – Ajay, Atul and Rajesh – have been accused of using their ties with […]

Mutiny in Berlin Shows Merkel’s Star Waning Even Among Her Party

Mutiny in Berlin Shows Merkel’s Star Waning Even Among Her Party

Angela Merkel’s first foray into politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall was as spokeswoman for an East German party called Democratic Awakening.  The last act of her political career may also be marked by a drive for a new beginning — this time from within her own parliamentary bloc.  The defeat of Merkel’s […]

Liberian Govt Probing Money Flows, Not Missing Money – Officials

Liberian Govt Probing Money Flows, Not Missing Money – Officials

A review and analysis of Liberian Government officials’ statements and interviews on what has now been duped in the press as “missing billions” indicates the cumulative position of Liberian authorities is that they have not reached a conclusion that billions of printed banknotes that arrived in the country in bags and containers via sea and […]

Zimbabwe Opposition Lawmakers Walk Out Of Mnangagwa Address

Zimbabwe Opposition Lawmakers Walk Out Of Mnangagwa Address

Zimbabwean opposition lawmakers walked out of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s state of the nation address to parliament on Tuesday, signalling their lingering bitterness after losing a disputed July 30 presidential and parliamentary election. Members of Parliament from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that is led by Nelson Chamisa heckled Mnangagwa when he started reading his […]

South Sudan’s Main Rebel Group Accuses Government Of Violating Ceasefire

South Sudan’s Main Rebel Group Accuses Government Of Violating Ceasefire

South Sudan’s main rebel force SPLM-IO has accused government forces of attacking their defensive positions a day after both sides signed a peace deal, while the U.N. mission said one of its peacekeepers was shot and wounded by a government soldier. President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital […]

Rebellion Boils as Cameroon’s President Seeks to Extend Rule

Rebellion Boils as Cameroon’s President Seeks to Extend Rule

While President Paul Biya appears to be a shoo-in to extend his 36-year rule in elections next month, he’s had no success in stifling a rebellion in Anglophone regions that’s threatening to split the mainly French-speaking central African nation. Africa’s second-longest serving head of state, Biya, 85, is facing eight candidates in an Oct. 7 […]