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Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government Stalls

When Zimbabwe’s inclusive government came into being two years ago - the anniversary is  February 11 - after tough negotiations many Zimbabweans greeted its arrival with enthusiasm and had high hopes for political reform they believed would rebuild the shattered economy, get education back on track, reopen closed hospitals, bring products back to...

Ivory Coast UN Ambassador Seeks More Pressure on Gbagbo

The Ivory Coast ambassador to the United Nations is calling for more international pressure to make incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo cede power. The Ivorian diplomat warned the situation could turn more violent if outside help is insufficient to force out Gbagbo. Youssouf Bamba was the first appointee by internationally-recognized President...

ECOWAS: S. Africa Undermining Ivory Coast Mediation

The president of West Africa's regional alliance says South Africa is undermining efforts to resolve the political crisis in Ivory Coast. South Africa is part of an African Union mediation team that is trying to end the standoff between Ivory Coast's rival presidents by the end of the month.The Economic Community of West African States says...

Zimbabwe Economy Hurt by Uncertainty About Indigenization Law

Protests this week in Zimbabwe's capital saw small Nigerian-owned shops looted by President Robert Mugabe’s loyalists, who say their demonstrations were in support of so-called indigenization laws. Politicians and economists say the uncertainty about the laws is harming Zimbabwe's slow economic recovery.A year ago, new laws were published that...

ZANU-PF Members Attack Foreign Business

Hundreds of supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party demonstrated against foreign owned businesses in central Harare Monday and began looting small shops on the western edge of the city. The looters said they would take over all foreign owned businesses in Zimbabwe.Police estimated that there were about 700 people demonstrating in...

Mugabe Refuses Appointment of New Deputy Prime Minister

The new president of the small Movement for Democratic Change party, Welshman Ncube, has sought an appointment with President Robert Mugabe so he can be sworn into office as deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe. Our reporter informs that President Robert Mugabe says Arthur Mutambara,  the outgoing deputy prime minister in the inclusive government,...

Harare Suburb Center of Political Violence

In the last six weeks political violence in Zimbabwe has intensified, and now one working class Harare suburb has been described as a ‘war zone’ by Movement for Democratic Change secretary-general Tendai Biti. There are reports that several supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party have suffered serious injuries.Biti, who is...

Zimbabwe President Mugabe Moves to Fast-Track Elections

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party want to fast-track the on-and-off constitution-making process to ensure fresh elections are held by spring this year, in a move which could set off a renewed wave of political instability and fierce clashes around the country. Zanu PF's intentions became clearer yesterday after the party's crucial...

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Consider Strikes

Zimbabwe’s government and its employees are in salary negotiations for the first pay increases in two years. The employees have rejected a 24 percent pay increase. Zimbabwe's government, the country's largest employer, is meeting with some civil service leaders for talks on wages. The increase in salaries and some allowances for civil servants...

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe Threatens to Dissolve Parliament & Call Elections

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe Threatens to Dissolve Parliament & Call Elections Robert Mugabe has threatened to dissolve parliament and prepare the country for elections, if the coalition government doesn't come to an agreement on when to have the poll. Mugabe made the comments on his return to Zimbabwe on Sunday after his end of year break. He strongly denied having had any emergency surgery in Malaysia, insisting he was in...

Governments of Some African Nations Among World's Most Abusive

In the annual report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch, several African nations were cited for their alleged human rights abuses. Among those on the list of the organization's most abusive countries are Congo and Zimbabwe. The report also complained about what it called the "soft" approach Western nations have taken toward "...

Mugabe: Reports of Health Problems 'Naked Lies'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said reports that he had surgery in Malaysia are, in his words, "naked lies" put forth by Western-sponsored media.The president, who turns 87 next month, returned to Harare from a trip abroad late Sunday.During an interview with state television, Mugabe said he had been on an annual vacation in Singapore, and...

Ivory Coast President Gbagbo Scrapes to Survive in Ivory Coast

Analysts, diplomats and his political opponents say incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is using all sorts of methods to stay in power despite growing international pressure and sanctions to force him to leave office after controversial elections last year. Meetings took place in Mali's capital Bamako Tuesday among West African military...

African Countries Have Mixed Record on Power Succession

A new round of diplomacy begins in Ivory Coast this week, as African leaders and international mediators continue to look for a solution to the power stalemate in the country.   This follows an election which the United Nations, the United States and African nations say was won by opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.  But incumbent Laurent...

Zimbabwe’s Justice System Again Under Scrutiny

Zimbabwe Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku last week warned the executive to desist from trying to interfere with the judiciary. Judge Chidyausiku’s remarks, at the opening of the 2011 legal calendar, has caused concern in Zimbabwe’s legal fraternity as many say the public does not regard higher court judges as impartial. Lawyers say Judge...