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Ethiopia’s New Premier Reshuffles Cabinet As Part Of Reform Bid

Ethiopia’s New Premier Reshuffles Cabinet As Part Of Reform Bid

Ethiopia’s new premier Abiy Ahmed named a new defence minister on Thursday as part of a reshuffle to help implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces. Abiy named 10 new ministers but retained the finance and foreign ministers from the cabinet of his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn, […]

Kenya Election Officials Quit, Pressure On Chairman To Go

Kenya Election Officials Quit, Pressure On Chairman To Go

Three Kenyan election officials resigned on Monday, increasing chaos at the electoral Commission following last year’s botched presidential vote that had to be rerun and was then boycotted by the opposition. The resignations leave only two commissioners and the chairman at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which last week sent its chief executive […]

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 […]

Ethiopia’s New PM Meets Opposition Leaders

Ethiopia’s New PM Meets Opposition Leaders

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has held talks with officials from opposition groups and civil society, state-affiliated media said, in the latest sign he is willing to push through political reforms announced in the wake of protests. The 42-year-old former army officer was sworn in as premier on April 2 after his predecessor Hailemariam […]

Zimbabwe Invites West To Observe Vote For First Time Since 2002

Zimbabwe Invites West To Observe Vote For First Time Since 2002

Zimbabwe will invite Western powers to monitor its national elections for the first time in more than 15 years, official papers showed on Tuesday, ending a ban imposed by veteran former leader Robert Mugabe. The vote, scheduled for July, is seen is a major test for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials since he came to […]

President Buhari To Seek Re-election in 2019

President Buhari To Seek Re-election in 2019

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed on Monday he will seek another term in elections next year, ending months of speculation about his future after bouts of ill health. The 75-year-old said he would seek his party’s presidential ticket to contest elections in February 2019 during a closed door meeting of the national executive committee of […]

Rwanda’s President Names New Finance Minister In Reshuffle

Rwanda’s President Names New Finance Minister In Reshuffle

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame appointed Uzziel Ndagijimana as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle, his office said. Kagame swept to a landslide victory in a presidential election last year, securing a third term in office and extending his 17 years in power. Late on Friday, he promoted state minister of finance Ndagijimana to replace Claver […]

Ethiopia Installs New PM Amid Hopes He Can Stop Protests

Ethiopia Installs New PM Amid Hopes He Can Stop Protests

Ethiopia’s legislature has elected young and outspoken Abiy Amhed as prime minister, amid hopes that he will be able to quell sustained anti-government protests in Africa’s second most populous nation. Abiy was immediately sworn in to office Monday, succeeding Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned in mid-February as a result of widespread anti-government protests that claimed the […]

Eight in Ten Congolese Disapprove Of President Kabila – Poll

Eight in Ten Congolese Disapprove Of President Kabila – Poll

Eight in ten Congolese have an unfavourable opinion of President Joseph Kabila – but nearly seven in ten don’t think the December vote to replace him will be fair, according to a published national poll. The survey, conducted last month by the Congo Research Group at New York University and Congolese polling firm BERCI, gives […]

Sisi On Course For Big Election Win, Early Estimates Say

Sisi On Course For Big Election Win, Early Estimates Say

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on course for a landslide election victory although there was little sign he had achieved the high turnout he sought, according to early estimates after polls closed in a three-day election. Some voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots. But with some private […]

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