Campaigns begin as DRC heads to December elections

Campaigns begin as DRC heads to December elections

Official campaigning has kicked off in Democratic Republic of Congo, where long-delayed elections are scheduled for December 23. The national elections commission, CENI, designated Thursday as the start of campaigning for a field of 21 candidates certified in September. Front-runners for the presidency include Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for…

The long road to recovering from sanctions

The long road to recovering from sanctions

Eritrea, isolated by UN sanctions for a decade until they were lifted on 14 November 2018, is now working to regain its place in Africa and the international community. The sanctions were lifted after Eritrea made steps towards peace with its neighbours after being locked into deadly conflict for decades—Eritrean…

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AU calls for calm in Gabon over interim Bongo replacement

The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said Saturday that he is deeply concerned about instability in the West African nation of Gabon as its leader remains hospitalized. Faki, alongside AU President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, wished President Ali Bongo a full recovery in an announcement made…

SA land reform amendment advances with key JCRC approval

South Africa is one step closer to implementing controversial land reforms through expropriation, after a key committee announced Thursday that it has adopted a recommendations report on amending the country’s constitution. The Joint Constitutional Review Committee (JCRC) said the African National Congress, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the National Freedom…

I ran for president in Cameroon. This is what I learned.

By Akere Muna On November 6, Paul Biya was inaugurated for the seventh time. The 85-year-old has already been in power for the last 36 years and will now serve another seven-year term. President Biya won disputed elections on October 7 amid rising unrest in Cameroon. The country is divided…

Tshisekedi, Kamerhe pull out of DRC coalition candidate deal

Two key Congolese opposition leaders, Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, have pulled out of an agreement to back Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECiDé) party as their coalition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s December 23 election. Both men said they were responding to the…

Congolese opposition names Fayulu as coalition presidential candidate

A group of seven Congolese political opposition leaders announced their decision for a presidential candidate on Sunday, choosing Martin Fayulu of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECiDé) party to face President Joseph Kabila’s own choice in the December 23 election. With the long-delayed date looming in Democratic Republic of Congo,…

Gabon admits Bongo is seriously ill in Saudi Arabia

After nearly three weeks, Gabonese government spokesman Ike Ngouoni admitted Sunday that President Ali Bongo was seriously ill but is now recovering in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. Bongo has remained under care in Riyadh since an October 23 trip to attend the “Davos in the Desert” investment forum. The latest…

U.S. appoints Pham as Special Envoy to Great Lakes region

The United States has appointed a new special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the U.S. Department of State announced Friday. Dr. J. Peter Pham, most recently director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC, was named to the post and will continue the work of…

U.S. diplomat for Africa begins 4-nation tour

United States diplomat Tibor Nagy is visiting Africa this week, with stops planned for Togo, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria. Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, made stops in Europe before heading to  Lomé for meetings with government officials and a conference of U.S. diplomats. He is…

African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

Among the first heads of state to congratulate Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was President João Lourenço of Angola, leader of one of the six Lusophone nations in Africa that share membership in the Portuguese-speaking community (CPLP) and its most influential. Lourenço said he hopes the Bolsonaro victory will…

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