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African Union Head Blasts Lack of Somalia Response

African Union head Jean Ping has blasted the international community for neglecting the crisis in Somalia and only seeking to intervene when their interest is threatened by piracy and international terrorism. Jean Ping was speaking in Kampala on the sidelines of the meeting of African Union ministers. The summit of heads of state is expected to...

South African President Jacob Zuma Expected to Re-Engage Mugabe and Tsvangirai on GPA Issues

After a month's engagement with the World Cup, South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly set to resume his SADC mediation role in Zimbabwe to try and bridge the gap between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. Talks to iron out outstanding Global Political Agreement issues between Mugabe and Tsvangirai have dragged on since the two leaders...

Ms Robin Renèe Sanders 2011 is Transformative for Nigeria

Ms Robin Renèe Sanders 2011 is Transformative for Nigeria United States ambassador to Nigeria Ms Robin Renèe Sanders has urged the Nigerian government and Nigerians to muster enough political will to make democracy work by ensuring free and fair elections next year. She also said the Federal Government is free to initiate a legal case against companies such as Halliburton who have been heavily fined by...

Observers Commend Somaliland's Elections

A group of international observers says the recent concluded presidential election in Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland was free and fair. The group told reporters in Hargeisa that campaigns and polling were conducted in a peaceful and democratic manner dispute some irregularities such as misuse of public resources during the campaigns. "...

Nation Yearns for Change With First Free Election in Guinea

Voters in Guinea went to the polls today, forming long queues for their first chance to freely elect a leader since the coup-prone West African state won independence from France in 1958. As queues formed at polling stations, Interim Guinean military ruler Sékouba Konaté reiterated his pledge to quit power immediately after the ongoing electoral...

Final Preparations for Presidential Election in Guinea

Guinea's presidential election will be held on June 27. It is expected to end the transition period initiated by the Ouagadougou Accords, paving the way for the country's return to constitutional order. Since March 2007, UNDP has been responsible for supporting peaceful, transparent and credible elections in the country. To this end, an electoral...

Nkurunziza Only Candidate in Burundi Presidential Elections

Nkurunziza Only Candidate in Burundi Presidential Elections The campaign for Burundi's presidential poll due on 28 June started Saturday. President Pierre Nkurunziza is the only candidate after opposition leaders decided to boycott the polls. The electoral campaign will end on 25 June. Nkurunziza kicked off his electoral campaign in his native province of Ngozi in the North of Burundi. Thousands of...

President Jonathan Names New Electoral Committee Chairman in Nigeria

President Jonathan Names New Electoral Committee Chairman in Nigeria AFTER about six hours of deliberations on state matters, a well attended National Council of State (NCS), which had all former Nigeria leaders in attend, Tuesday ratified the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Attahiru Jega, as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)....

Nigerian FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo Backs Jonathan for 2011

Nigerian FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo Backs Jonathan for 2011 At least ten people, including one policeman and two children no more than 10 years old, were trampled upon and narrowly escaped being crushed to death in a stampede just before Nigeria's friendly against North Korea in Tembisa, South Africa yesterday. A crowd gathered outside the stadium and forced the gates open before embarking on a mad...

Accept My Win, Ethiopian Prime Minister Urges

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has urged the international community and Ethiopian political opponents to recognise his party's overwhelming landslide election victory. He told the opposition they would be consulted on decisions of national concern. The country's electoral board said the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Unilaterally Appoints Judges As MDC Cry Foul

Any pretence that the coalition is working smoothly was buried this week when Robert Mugabe appointed a new Supreme Court judge and four High Court judges, without the knowledge of his MDC partners in government. To emphasize his powers Mugabe also promoted Retired Brigadier General George Chiweshe as the new High Court Judge President. Chiweshe...

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Defends Elections Bosses

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Defends Elections Bosses PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has defended the Electoral Commission, saying it is independent. He said the commissioners were recruited through sourcing from various professional groups, and vetted by Parliament. Parliament's appointments committee, chaired by the Speaker, is constituted by both the ruling party MPs and those of the opposition, the...

President Sharif to Appoint New PM - Speaker Resigns in Somalia

The speaker of Somalia's parliament Sheikh Adan Mohammed Nur Madobe has resigned from his position, Radio Garowe reports. Madobe said he took the decision to save the fragile government from collapse and also unite the divided parliament, which is in disarray following internal rife between members. "I have decided to relinquish my position as the...

Key Election Chaos Witnesses to Be Flown Out

Key post-election violence witnesses are set to be moved to foreign countries under the witness protection programme, the Nation learnt on Sunday. Those close to the recent visit by ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he had identified witnesses he wants to use against six suspected masterminds of the violence. "Mr Moreno-Ocampo made contacts...

Nigerian Vice President. - Sambo's Name Sent to National Assembly

After a two day wait, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday forwarded the name of Kaduna State governor Namadi Sambo to the National Assembly for consideration and confirmation as his vice president. Sambo will upon his confirmation by the two chambers of the National Assembly, cease to be governor and will assume higher responsibilities as the...