Swaziland: SADC summit focuses on political crisis in Lesotho

Swaziland: SADC summit focuses on political crisis in Lesotho

The two-day talks held by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) began Friday in Swaziland, with the focus of the extraordinary summit centered on the troubling political situation in Lesotho. Special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa traveled to the double troika summit with South African President Jacob Zuma to present a report on…

AU, UN urge return to DR Congo dialogue and transition agreement

With the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government transition process at a standstill, the African Union (AU) and other international partners said Thursday that all parties to the negotiated December 31 agreement need to return to the ongoing dialogue and begin the formal framework leading to new elections. The AU, along…

Gambian elections chief at odds with Jammeh’s stance flees to Senegal

The head of Gambia’s electoral commission has fled the country because of threats to his safety, after certifying December 1 election results that showed President Yahya Jammeh in defeat. Alieu Momarr Njai left the country on Friday for neighboring Senegal, Reuters reports. Jammeh initially accepted the results and congratulated the Gambian opposition…

Tanzania says it will back Kenyan in race for AU Commission chair

Tanzania says it will back Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed for the post of African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, a move that breaks from the expected support of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), of which Tanzania is a member, for candidate Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, the foreign minister of Botswana. The Daily…

U.S. envoy: More DRC sanctions possible as Kabila stays a priority

The U.S. remains committed to working out a consensus deal before the end of President Joseph Kabila’s constitutionally designated term in December, as renewed violence and repression in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may lead to additional targeted sanctions from the international community. Tom Perriello, the U.S. Special Envoy for…

Massive Trump election protests sweep across American cities

Thousands of angry Americans took to the streets of New York City, Chicago and other major cities in demonstrations against the election of Republican candidate Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency. Protesters clustered at the Trump Tower building, in Columbus Circle and other high-profile Manhattan sites chanting “not…