Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

In Zambia, President Edgar Lungu said he has deployed military personnel to assist police in controlling political violence ahead of the country’s August 12 election. “Defense personnel have already been deployed in some parts of Lusaka and will be deployed in other parts of the country where need arises,” said…

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa voiced its objection to Israel’s new status as an observer at the African Union, issuing a statement Wednesday that said it was “appalled” by a decision described as “unjust and unwarranted.” The statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) follows last week’s decision by the…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…

Ethiopia confirms Abiy election win

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party have won the Ethiopian election by a landslide, according to official results released Saturday by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE). The ruling party is expected to hold more than 400 of the country’s 546 legislative seats, giving Abiy the power…

Zuma Foundation: Former SA president has turned himself in

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has turned himself into police, according to a statement issued by the Jacob Zuma Foundation late Wednesday. “Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order,” the foundation said, referring to the 15-month sentence handed down last week and…

Defiant Zuma expected to address South Africa

The clock is ticking on former South African president Jacob Zuma, who was given five days to report to police after he was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday for contempt of court. But he’s filing an appeal of the Constitutional Court decision, and supporters say it’s unlikely…

eSwatini denies Mswati departure, imposes curfew amid protests

The southern African nation of eSwatini has denied reports that its controversial monarch, King Mswati III, has left the country as protesters demand pro-democracy government reforms. In a statement issued Tuesday, Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said the king “is in the country and continues to lead” while citing false…

AU observers detail challenges as Ethiopia awaits election results

As Ethiopians continued to wait for official results in Monday’s elections, the African Union election observer mission issued a preliminary report concluding that despite some flaws, the voting process was orderly and peaceful. “There was nothing, in the Mission’s estimation, that distracted from the credible conduct of the elections,” said…

Eritrea files new complaint with UN over Tigray allegations

The Eritrean government has filed another complaint against the United Nations Security Council and UN heads of humanitarian agencies over the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The latest letter from the Eritrean mission and U.N. Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam expressed frustration that representatives for the Horn of Africa nation…

Namibia’s opposition rejects German reparations deal

Namibian opposition leaders rejected a deal negotiated with Germany over the colonial-era deaths of Herero and Nama peoples during a contentious parliamentary session on Tuesday. The agreement, sought for decades and announced in late May, included a concession from Germany that what happened from 1904 to 1908 did in fact…

Death toll rises to 160 in Burkina Faso attack

The Sahel nation of Burkina Faso began a three-day period of mourning on Sunday following a savage armed attack on Solhan, a village in the northeast part of the country near the border with Niger. The attack began Friday night and continued into the early morning hours on Saturday, according…