Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

Will Lesotho rise to the challenge of a new SADC reform deadline?

In early August, Prime Minister Tom Thabane of Lesotho promised that the small southern African kingdom would stop being the “bad boys” of the region and its 16-nation Southern African Development Community. “Enough is enough,” Thabane said, as he vowed to move forward with a framework for comprehensive reforms that…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…

Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

By Karana Olivier, AT Contributing Author On Friday, former President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) – the country’s main opposition party – and civil society actors organized a march in which thousands of men and women took to the streets in Abidjan to protest the proposal to introduce a new…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Cote d’Ivoire opposition calls for boycott of constitution vote

Opposition leaders in Cote d’Ivoire called Friday for a boycott of the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum, scheduled for October 30. At a press conference in Abidjan, Pascal Affi Nguessan called on all supporters of his Ivorian Popular Front and its coalition parties to boycott the vote, reinforcing the message opposition…