Critics focus on Egypt as it hosts AU human rights summit

Critics focus on Egypt as it hosts AU human rights summit

Beginning on Wednesday, Egypt is hosting a three-week human rights conference of the African Union, which currently has President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as its leader. That’s met with criticism from activists in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and beyond who say the increasingly repressive nation needs to get its own house in…

Egypt’s referendum passes with 89 percent of vote

Egypt’s referendum passes with 89 percent of vote

In Egypt, a referendum has passed that will allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority said Tuesday that the referendum on constitutional amendments passed with a decisive…

Egypt heads to polls on Sisi term limits

Egypt heads to polls on Sisi term limits

Egyptians head to the polls on Saturday to begin three days of voting on a referendum that would allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority set the…

U.S., Spain issue appeals on behalf of EG opposition leader Esono

Members of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea continue appeals for the release of their leader, Andrés Esono Ondo, who was arrested April 11 in Chad while meeting with that nation’s opposition party, the National Union for Development and Renewal (UNDR). They’re now getting some response from…

Troubling death sentence trends in Egypt, South Sudan

Global executions fell by 31 percent last year, the lowest in a decade, but that trend didn’t entirely hold in countries across the African continent, according to a new report from Amnesty International. Five African Union member nations carried out known death-penalty executions last year, including Botswana, Egypt, Somalia, South…

Angola’s Lourenço, Putin meet in Moscow

President João Lourenço of Angola met with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday, part of a four-day state visit to Moscow focused on trade. The two leaders signed agreements on developing fisheries and aquaculture, and in diamond mining and processing, according to the Russian presidency’s office. They discussed economic issues and culture,…

HRW series looks at Ethiopia across Abiy’s first year

Human Rights Watch has launched an eight-part series on changes in Ethiopia since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power a year ago. While there’s been much progress, there also remain many challenges in an increasingly tense political atmosphere. “With elections scheduled for May 2020, the next year will be a…

Bouteflika resigns with an emotional farewell to Algeria

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria resigned on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation and confrontation. He followed the announcement with an emotional farewell letter to the Algerian people that recounted the successes of his long tenure but asked their forgiveness for his failings too. “Soon, Algeria will have a new president,…

Trump backs down on deadline for U.S. deportation of Liberians

The United States has issued a one-year extension for Liberians living in the country under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) provisions that have been in place for decades but were set to expire on Sunday. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he reconsidered the deadline set last year after the administration…

Ministry confirms 3 dead in post-election Comoros uprising

Officials in Comoros confirm at least three people died Thursday and many more were injured as violence continued to escalate following the disputed re-election of President Azali Assoumani on Sunday. The shooting deaths were linked to an operation to release military commander Faissoil Abdousalam from a Moroni prison, where he…

Geingob defends expense for Namibia’s Independence Day party

What if there was an Independence Day celebration but nobody came? That’s not quite what happened Thursday, but President Hage Geingob of Namibia found himself defending the government’s decision to mark the 29th anniversary to disgruntled citizens who thought it was a waste of money. Geingob, with President Uhuru Kenyatta…

Banda backs Chakwera, withdraws from Malawi presidential race

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda has withdrawn as a People’s Party presidential candidate ahead of the May 2019 elections, and announced she is endorsing the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate in the race. Banda’s decision to back Lazarus Chakwera, above, was made public Thursday in a joint statement of…

Opinion: Cameroon continues its troubling descent

Contributed by Vanguard Africa  Despite somewhat slipping from global headlines in recent weeks, Cameroon has nonetheless maintained its death spiral. The root cause of the crisis can be unequivocally placed at the doorstep of the Presidency, or the Geneva Intercontinental Hotel, where President Paul Biya spends much of his time….