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 Commission ceremony to mark official leadership change

New African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat officially begins his role Tuesday, as outgoing chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma comes to the end of her tenure in Addis Ababa. Moussa Faki, the foreign minister of Chad who previously served as the nation’s prime minister, has said he will make the…

After Etienne: Is Congolese opposition ready to move forward?

The death of longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on February 1 has left the opposition coalition in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no choice but to reorganize – a process that in recent days has been contentious enough to cast a shadow on the future of the Rassemblement coalition, at…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Algeria: Ailing President Bouteflika marks 80th birthday

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in Singapore – both reportedly seeking health care in the high-profile spotlight – it’s little wonder that less attention has been focused on Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president of Algeria. Bouteflika celebrates his 80th birthday on Thursday, amid…

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…