Poll: Ugandans don’t want presidential age-limit change

Poll: Ugandans don’t want presidential age-limit change

Voters in Uganda support an existing age limit for presidential candidates by a wide margin, according to poll results released by Afrobarometer over the weekend. The survey teams interviewed 1,200 Ugandans in late December and early January, the Ghana-based organization said. They found that 75 percent of voters favored keeping…

UN group to Kabila: Publish a DR Congo electoral calendar

UN group to Kabila: Publish a DR Congo electoral calendar

President Joseph Kabila, whose term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo expired last December, shows no signs of moving toward the delayed presidential elections he has refused to hold. He has shrugged off any commitment to a December 31 power-sharing deal with the country’s Rassemblement political opposition coalition, one…

Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

In early August, Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho promised that the small southern African kingdom would stop being the “bad boys” of the region and its 16-nation Southern African Development Community. “Enough is enough,” Thabane said, as he vowed to move forward with a framework for comprehensive reforms that…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…

Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

By Karana Olivier, AT Contributing Author On Friday, former President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) – the country’s main opposition party – and civil society actors organized a march in which thousands of men and women took to the streets in Abidjan to protest the proposal to introduce a new…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Cote d’Ivoire opposition calls for boycott of constitution vote

Opposition leaders in Cote d’Ivoire called Friday for a boycott of the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum, scheduled for October 30. At a press conference in Abidjan, Pascal Affi Nguessan called on all supporters of his Ivorian Popular Front and its coalition parties to boycott the vote, reinforcing the message opposition…