2 dead in ethnic clashes as Ivorian presidential campaigns begin

2 dead in ethnic clashes as Ivorian presidential campaigns begin

Even as the polls closed Sunday in Guinea, where tensions ran high ahead of the contest between President Alpha Condé and challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo, neighboring Côte d’Ivoire saw fatal ethnic clashes ahead of its own bitterly disputed presidential elections. At least two people died in Bongouanou, where members of…

Military chief killed ahead of Guinea elections

Military chief killed ahead of Guinea elections

Authorities in Guinea confirmed on Friday the death of Colonel Mamady Condé, the head of a special forces battalion who was fatally wounded in an overnight attack on the Samoreyah military camp in Kindia. The statement from Guinea’s Defense Forces said Condé died when a group of armed men opened…

African leaders wish Trump well following COVID diagnosis

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo was among the world leaders quick to send encouragement to United States President Donald Trump following the news that Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for the coronavirus. “My wife Rebecca and I send best wishes,” said Akufo Addo, who was exposed to the…

HRW: Irreecha festival may prove a flashpoint in uneasy Ethiopia

Human rights campaigners are appealing for calm and restraint in Ethiopia, as the Oromo people celebrate the Irreecha harvest festival this weekend amid ongoing political divisions. “This year’s festival, on October 3 and 4, occurs against the backdrop of escalating tensions and unrest in Oromia,” said Laetitia Bader, the Horn…

In tense C.A.R., Touadéra joins Bozizé in declaring candidacy

Incumbent President Faustin Touadéra announced on Saturday his candidacy in the upcoming December elections, following former Central African Republic (CAR) leader François Bozizé and his own intentions to return to the presidency – an expected development but one that raises tensions in the long-volatile CAR. “It is a heavy responsibility,”…

UK imposes 7-year ban on director linked to Cambridge Analytica cases

Alexander Nix, a director of companies linked to the former Cambridge Analytica firm and its role in elections in Kenya, Nigeria and other nations, will serve a seven-year suspension from acting as any firm’s director without court permission. The decision announced Thursday by the British government follows a high-profile investigation…

Iran denies plans to assassinate U.S. ambassador to SA

Intelligence officials in the United States warn that the U.S. ambassador to South Africa is the target of an assassination plot the Iranian government plans in retaliation for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January. Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force,…

South Africans defend Mandela after alleged Trump insults

South Africans weighed in Tuesday on the alleged comments of President Donald Trump of the United States, whose remarks about African nations have faced scrutiny before but now include the late Nelson Mandela. This time they’ve come up again through a new book written by former Trump attorney and disgraced…

Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana has been elected the new head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will replace outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou, his Nigerien counterpart. “I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa,” said Akufo Addo in his acceptance speech,…

ICC pushes back against U.S. sanctions decision

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague has condemned a United States decision to impose economic sanctions on Gambian native Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor, and an associate in retaliation for the ICC’s plans to investigate possible U.S. war crimes. The ICC said the decision, announced Wednesday by U.S….

Zimbabweans mourn loss of activist, opposition leader

In Zimbabwe, friends and supporters of political activist Patson Dzamara are mourning the news that Dzamara has died while awaiting medical treatment. Dzamara, 34, was a human rights defender who opposed the ruling Zanu PF party and was active in calling for change during the end of former president Robert…