U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

President Donald Trump of the United States has never been known for his attention to the African continent, with the exception of unfortunate negative remarks that reverberate around the world. With the 2020 U.S. presidential race taking off, though, other candidates are starting to address the importance of Africa in…

Etienne Tshisekedi’s final return offers a moment for reflection

It was February 2017 when longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died in Brussels, amid the turmoil of former president Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step aside after two terms leading the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, the body of the late Tshisekedi will return to Kinshasa at last. His repatriation,…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Mutharika wins Malawi presidential election

President Peter Mutharika of Malawi will serve another term, following Monday’s announcement from the Malawi Electoral Commission that he won the election with 38.6 percent of the vote. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate received 1,940,709 votes, while his nearest competitor – Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)…

Sudanese activists set to begin two-day general strike

Activists in Sudan will begin two days of general strikes on Tuesday, a next step in pressing for change as their negotiations with military leaders have stalled over power-sharing agreements needed to navigate the country’s transition. The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), working with a coalition of pro-democracy leaders, called for…

Afwerki cautions against ‘premature’ change for Eritrea

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, speaking at Independence Day celebrations in Asmara, acknowledged that “a new era” has come to the Horn of Africa nation but it is not a time for sweeping change. “Before prematurely charting out new and permanent sustainable development programs, it is imperative that we conduct…

Mutharika holds lead in Malawi presidential election

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues to hold a significant lead as the Malawi Electoral Commission tallies the votes from Tuesday’s elections. Mutharika has received 40.5 percent of the vote for president with 1,436,877 votes so far. His nearest competitor, Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi…

Malawi waits for presidential election results

Officials in Malawi say no results of Tuesday’s elections will be released until after 10 p.m. local time at the earliest, because at least one polling station had a delayed opening and it won’t close until late. The Malawi Electoral Commission issued a statement explaining the delay, and urged all…

Tshisekedi finally announces new DR Congo prime minister

President Felix Tshisekedi has finally named a prime minister for Democratic Republic of Congo, and it’s longtime politician Dr. Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba who gets the nod. The announcement of Ilukamba, most recently the head of the nation’s railway system, was made Monday in a television address. The new prime minister…

Katumbi returns to hero’s welcome in DR Congo

Exiled political leader Moïse Katumbi returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, arriving in Lubumbashi by air to throngs of thousands, many clad in white, who heralded his long-awaited arrival. Katumbi greeted the crowds with expressions of joy for once again seeing Katanga, the province he governed before…

Sudan negotiators reach 3-year transition deal

Sudanese activists say they’ve struck a deal with military leaders that will achieve a civilian government across a three-year transition period, while military negotiators confirmed the agreement. Yasser Al Atta, speaking for the Sudanese military early Wednesday, said a final version will be signed within 24 hours, according to the…