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Zimbabwan President Robert Mugab Brews Another Shocke

Zimbabwan President Robert Mugab Brews Another Shocke THE inclusive government is headed for another clash over an impending reshuffle in the judiciary and the re-assigning of ambassadors by President Robert Mugabe. MDC-T, which together with MDC-M and Zanu PF formed an inclusive government last year is reportedly alarmed that Mugabe is planning another round of unilateral appointments. This comes at...

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Hits Back At Clinton Over Elections

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has promised free and fair elections next year and warned the United States and the United Kingdom against lecturing Uganda on democracy.The President's assurance was based on Uganda's Constitution, which he said is superior and clear on elections. However, he admitted that the voter register has problems, largely because...

12 Million Voters Enroll for Referendum Vote in Kenya

In a rush to beat the deadline, an addition 1.7 million Kenyans had enrolled as voters by Wednesday, the last day of registration before the period was extended. The Interim Independent Electoral Commission announced on Friday that it had registered 11,771,068 people with two days to the new Sunday deadline. Statistics released by the electoral...

Nigerian President Yar'Adua Dies Following Lengthy Illness and Constitutional Uncertainty

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua died Wednesday night at age 58 in the presidential villa in the capital, Abuja. His death was confirmed by presidential spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi, according to the Associated Press. The death, which occurred at 9 pm local time (2000 GMT) according to Adenyini, follows a long illness that was surrounded by secrecy and...

Guinea's Transitional Authorities Assure UN That June Vote Will Be Held on Schedule

Guinea's Transitional Authorities Assure UN That June Vote Will Be Held on Schedule Guinea's interim President Sékouba Konaté has reassured the United Nations and its African partners that presidential elections will be held as scheduled on 27 June following recent reports of tension among the West African country's transitional authorities over the electoral process. A joint delegation of the UN, the African Union (AU) and the...

2011 - Acting President Goodluck Jonathan's Ambition Tears PDP Apart in Nigeria

Even after its no-victor-no-vanquished national executive committee, NEC , meeting of last Tuesday, the leadership of the ruling PDP remains divided down the line over the widely speculated presidential ambition of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan. Already the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has sent word to the Acting President to ensure that "...

Hidden Crisis - Women's Rights and Human Rights Abuses in Madagascar

Hidden Crisis - Women's Rights and Human Rights Abuses in Madagascar The political situation in Madagascar is far from improving, after several unsuccessful attempts from national, regional and international mediators to resolve the political crisis during more than a year. This has overshadowed another worrying trend, which is clearly gendered: the crisis that affects not only political and civil rights, but also...

MRU Concerns About Guinea -Wants To See Free, Fair Elections

The Summit Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the countries of Mano River Union comprising, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire, was held in Conakry, Guinea on 24 April 2010. The Summit was attended by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chairperson of the Union; Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone;...

National Election Results - Another Step Along Uncertain Road in Sudan

Vehicles in Juba, draped with the flag of semiautonomous South Sudan, evoked a stronger response as supporters of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) celebrated a sweep of the majority of the seats in the south. According to official results, the incumbent Bashir got 68 percent of the votes cast nationwide for the presidency. Salva Kiir...

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wins National Polls, Kiir in South

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Wins National Polls, Kiir in South President Omar al-Bashir was officially declared the winner of Sudan's national elections Monday, while President Salva Kiir was declared re-elected as the leader of the semi-autonomous South Sudan government. The Sudan Tribune reported from Khartoum that the electoral commission reported that Bashir had won 68.2 percent of votes nationally, while...

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Voices Concern About Human Rights in the Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Voices Concern About Human Rights in the Western Sahara Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today about alleged violations of human rights in the Western Sahara conflict after vowed to continue to promote the rights of Sahrawis after meeting with the head of the Frente Polisario, one of the parties to the dispute. Mr. Ban held discussions with Mohamed Abdelaziz, Secretary-General of the...

Two Major Sudan Parties Agree to Accept Polls Results

Two Major Sudan Parties Agree to Accept Polls Results The parties to Sudan's 2005 peace agreement have agreed to accept the results of last week's election and to form a new unity government, the Sudan Tribune reports from Juba. The online newspaper said this was agreed at a meeting Tuesday between Southern Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and Ali...

Communique on the Sudanese General Elections

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission wishes to commend the people of the Sudan and the Sudanese political parties for peacefully conducting the just-concluded multiparty general elections, held from 11 to 15 April 2010. These elections constitute a fundamental milestone towards realizing the democratic transformation of The Sudan...

Problems Lead to Extension of Vote in Sudan

Problems Lead to Extension of Vote in Sudan Voting in Sudan - the first democratic elections in 24 years - has been extended by three days by the National Election Commission in response to widespread problems with voters' lists and ballot papers. The elections are being boycotted by opposition parties citing continuing insecurity in the western region of Darfur and allegations of electoral...

Nigerian Former military President General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Says He'll Seek Election

Former military President General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) on Saturday declared his intention to run for the 2011 Presidential election. IBB who spoke to newsmen at the Benin Airport while on his way to Asaba, Delta state, to attend the commissioning of Mariam Babangida dual carriage way and a lecture in honour of his late wife, said the...