UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

Nigerian opposition outraged as Buhari defends judge suspension

Nigerian opposition outraged as Buhari defends judge suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice on the grounds of corruption, but the decision ahead of February 16 elections has raised alarm over the motive. Justice Walter Onnoghen would rule on any election-related legal challenge confronting Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party,…

So far, African leaders are silent as world weighs in on Venezuela

So far, African leaders are silent as world weighs in on Venezuela

African nations have thus far remained silent on Venezuela, as global leaders declare their loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro or offer their recognition of a new government under Juan Guiado, the national assembly leader who declared his own interim presidency on Wednesday. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended his congratulations…

DR Congo court rejects Fayulu election challenge

The Constitutional Court in Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed an appeal filed by losing presidential candidate Martin Fayulu, in a ruling late Saturday that paves the way for final confirmation of a victory for Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). The court’s decision was…

DR Congo: AU calls for halt on final election result decision

The African Union has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the announcement of final results in the contested December 30 elections, following an emergency meeting at AU headquarters on Thursday. The AU and other stakeholders in Addis Ababa said there were “serious doubts” on provisional results that…

In Greece, Merkel admits EU migration policy isn’t working

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Greece, conceded that a migration deal struck between Turkey and the European Union in 2016 isn’t working as planned but Europe will continue to support its implementation. That deal affecting Middle Eastern and North African migrants immediately ended crossings from Turkey into Greece, with…

DR Congo elections: CENI announces Tshisekedi win

The Democratic Republic of Congo was still waiting early Thursday morning, as the 11:00 p.m. deadline for announcing results from the contentious December 30 presidential election came and went. It was nearly two hours later when chief Corneille Nangaa and election officials with CENI, the national electoral commission, finally entered the…

Ramaphosa, Zuma show of unity slammed by SA opposition

Former South African president Jacob Zuma joined his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a show of African National Congress unity on Tuesday as the ANC celebrated its anniversary in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The celebration at the Ohlange Institute – a site founded by the first ANC president in 1912 –…

DRC election: CENI chief says foreign diplomats are threatening him

The top election official in Democratic Republic of Congo complained that foreign diplomats are interfering with the CENI electoral commission’s work, even as Sunday’s deadline passed with no results of the December 30 election made public. Corneille Nangaa told local journalists that “diplomats are trying to threaten us” but did…

DRC officials under pressure to report election results

Congolese election officials face pressure from within and outside the country to release legitimate polling results, even as the CENI electoral commission warns of delays in publishing provisional results expected on Sunday. The Roman Catholic bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), influential for more than two years…