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Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

A surprise handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga has stirred up Kenyan politics as the long-time rivals set their sights on the 2022 elections.   Less than a year since Kenyatta was re-elected to a second and final term in a vote that Odinga called a farce, the two shook hands […]

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 […]

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 […]

Death of Tsvangirai Threatens Unity of Zimbabwe’s Opposition

Death of Tsvangirai Threatens Unity of Zimbabwe’s Opposition

The death of Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has left his party in disarray ahead of presidential elections later this year. Tsvangirai, who led the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, died Wednesday at the age of 65 from colon cancer. He had been nominated to run against President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the presidential […]

Coalition for Nigeria Movement Creates Youth, Women Forums

Coalition for Nigeria Movement Creates Youth, Women Forums

In line with the need for the inclusion of women and youths at all levels of Nigeria’s democratic process, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) thursday announced the formation of the CNM Youth Forum and the Women’s Forum. CNM’s Director of Media and Public Communications, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, said in a statement that the two […]

Zuma Retains Office as Ramaphosa Bides His Time

Zuma Retains Office as Ramaphosa Bides His Time

Jacob Zuma remains South Africa’s president for the time being as the new leader of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, plans how to bring an end to his scandal-ridden administration without unleashing a major split in the ruling party. The ANC’s National Executive Committee didn’t discuss the option of forcing Zuma from office at […]

South African Minister Calls For ANC To Discipline Zuma

South African Minister Calls For ANC To Discipline Zuma

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress should discipline President Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute, housing minister and presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu said on Friday. Sisulu’s comments are the latest swipe taken at Zuma by former allies as the ANC fractures ahead of an elective conference in December where a new party leader […]

Opposition Stays Away As Kenyatta Warns Against ‘Destructive Division’

Opposition Stays Away As Kenyatta Warns Against ‘Destructive Division’

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened parliament on Tuesday by warning against divisive and destructive politics, while opposition lawmakers boycotted the legislature and rallied to demand the resignation of election officials. Kenya held parliamentary, presidential and local elections on Aug. 8, but the Supreme Court nullified the presidential results three weeks later, citing irregularities in the […]

Clock Ticking for Kenya as Squabbling Overshadows Election Rerun

Clock Ticking for Kenya as Squabbling Overshadows Election Rerun

Kenya is running out of time to ensure a credible rerun of presidential elections that were annulled by the nation’s top court after the main opposition party alleged that they were rigged. With the next vote due in just five weeks, the electoral commission is mired in infighting over who should take the fall for […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa Steps Up Criticism Ahead Of AMC Leadership Vote

South Africa’s Ramaphosa Steps Up Criticism Ahead Of AMC Leadership Vote

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a leading contender to become head of the ruling ANC in December, stepped up his criticism of the government on Sunday, saying state-owned companies had been “captured” and funds looted from them. Ramaphosa’s remarks during a speech to an African National Congress meeting in the old diamond-mining town of […]

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