Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

Togo opposition plans fresh round of Gnassingbé protests

Togo opposition plans fresh round of Gnassingbé protests

Political opposition leaders in Togo plan to re-energize a campaign to end the long tenure of President Faure Gnassingbé, with six organizational rallies planned in Lomé neighborhoods this weekend and new street protests to begin next week. Leaders of the Coalition of 14, which formed last year in response to…

ECOWAS welcomes Vaz decision on new Guinea Bissau PM

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has welcomed the new appointment of a prime minister in Guinea Bissau, which has remained in a prolonged political crisis that began in 2015. President Jose Mario Vaz announced that Aristides Gomes, a fellow African Party of the Independence of Guinea…

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

Laureen Fagan

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Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS moves on sanctions, PAIGC re-elects Pereira

With no clear end to the Guinea Bissau political crisis in sight, the West African governing body ECOWAS has announced sanctions on “all persons or organizations who impede the process” of its resolution. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said the sanctions – a long-discussed measure revisited in…

ECOWAS urges Gnassingbe to resolve Togo crisis

ECOWAS heads of state, following this week’s meeting in Niger, have called on Togo to begin an immediate dialogue on political reforms and curb the rising violence in the small West African nation. President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire said that he and other leaders of the Economic Community of…

Nigeria’s Buhari heads to Niamey for ECOWAS currency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is headed for Niger to discuss progress on a long-awaited common currency for the region’s West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ). Buhari, along with Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Nigerian Central Bank head Godwin Emefiele, leave Tuesday for Niamey along with other common currency task…

Liberians ready to receive NEC’s provisional election results

Journalists and party officials in Liberia converged on the National Elections Commission (NEC) headquarters in Monrovia on Thursday, waiting to hear any official results from Tuesday’s presidential and legislative elections. Plenty of rumors were making the rounds, including reports that former football star and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) presidential…

ECOWAS work in The Gambia noted, but Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the decision-making Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. The ICAN was chosen from a field of 318 nominations, the second-highest number of individuals and organizations under consideration ever. Reportedly among them was the Economic Community…

Ghana beefs up border security amid calls for Togo intervention

Ghana is tightening border security following reports that frightened Togolese are trying to leave their small West African nation amid continuing political unrest. Alex Adu, a superintendent with the country’s immigration service, told Ghana News Agency that border control points remained calm but that Ghana – leading among its neighbors…