Sudanese activists set to begin two-day general strike

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

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

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…

ANC celebrates election win as Ramaphosa promises a fresh start

The African National Congress (ANC) celebrated in the streets on Sunday after pulling in 57.5 percent of the support in last week’s legislative election, down from previous years but still enough to protect the ANC’s long-standing majority. President Cyril Ramaphosa led the celebrations outside ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, promising that…

Katumbi plans again to return to DR Congo

Exiled Congolese political leader Moïse Katumbi has promised to return to the nation before, but this time his expected arrival on May 20 may really happen. If so, Katumbi will arrive in Lubumbashi – a town near the Zambian border, in the Kananga province he once governed – exactly three…

Chad returns CPDS opposition leader to Equatorial Guinea

Leaders of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea say that Andrés Esono Ondo, the party’s general secretary, has returned home after two weeks of detention in neighboring Chad. He was flown to Cameroon from N’Djamena by Chadian authorities who, according to the CPDS account, determined there was…