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Donors Pledge $500 mln For Troops in West Africa’s Sahel

Donors Pledge $500 mln For Troops in West Africa’s Sahel

  International donors have raised half a billion dollars for a multi-national military operation in West Africa’s Sahel region, the EU’s top diplomat said on Friday, as Europe seeks to stop migrants and militants reaching its shores. At a conference of about 50 countries including the United States, Japan and Norway, countries pledged 414 million […]

President George Weah Seeks Paris Aid to Jumpstart Government

President George Weah Seeks Paris Aid to Jumpstart Government

It was in the French capital that George Manneh Weah shone and went on to conquer the world of football, but his return to Paris on Tuesday, February 20, as President of Liberia is a diplomatic move that looks to deepen Liberia’s ties with the European economic powerhouse. “We realize that we will not be […]

Cameroonian Government Seeks Greater Female Political Participation

Cameroonian Government Seeks Greater Female Political Participation

Political parties in Cameroon have set an ambitious goal ahead of this year’s polls — to put women in at least 30 percent of elected offices. An all-female orchestra plays as 300 women selected from associations around Cameroon campaign in markets, universities and popular spots in the capital, asking women to register to vote. Twenty-nine-year-old […]

Theresa May’s Vision Starts to Emerge for Post-Brexit Reality

Theresa May’s Vision Starts to Emerge for Post-Brexit Reality

As Theresa May retreats to the countryside with her Cabinet to thrash out differences on Brexit, it’s starting to become clearer what the prime minister wants the divorce to look like. Some in Brussels will call it cherry-picking, but May wants to stay very close to the European Union in some areas, while breaking free […]

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 […]

Ramaphosa Elected President of South Africa, Vows Anti-Corruption Fight

Ramaphosa Elected President of South Africa, Vows Anti-Corruption Fight

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa faces an uphill battle in revitalising growth, creating jobs and stamping out a culture of graft in a nation still polarised […]

Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President Amidst Scandals

Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President Amidst Scandals

South African President Jacob Zuma resigned Wednesday, bringing an end to his scandal-marred tenure and leaving the nation’s leadership in the hands of the ruling African National Congress’s new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. “The ANC should never be divided in my name,” Zuma said in a televised address to the nation. “I have therefore come to the […]

ANC Orders Zuma To Step Down As South African President

ANC Orders Zuma To Step Down As South African President

South Africa’s ruling party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’. Leading members of the African National Congress now want new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma […]

Zuma’s D-Day Nears as Ramaphosa Promises Power Transition

Zuma’s D-Day Nears as Ramaphosa Promises Power Transition

South African President Jacob Zuma’s fate is set to be sealed when the top leadership of the ruling African National Congress meets to conclude the transition to a new administration. The National Executive Committee will assemble on Monday in the capital, Pretoria, as Zuma, 75, has defied growing pressure to resign since his deputy, Cyril […]

Gambia Rejoins Commonwealth As It Seeks To Rebuild World Standing

Gambia Rejoins Commonwealth As It Seeks To Rebuild World Standing

Gambia has rejoined the Commonwealth, the tiny West African former British colony’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, five years after its now exiled former authoritarian leader withdrew his country, calling it a “neo-colonial institution”. During his 23-year rule, Yahya Jammeh, who fled Gambia a year ago after regional militaries launched an operation to remove him, […]

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