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Key Witnesses in Poll Violence Are Flown Out

At least 20 witnesses said to be holding crucial evidence on hate crimes committed during the post-election violence have been placed under protection. Many have been flown out of Kenya for their safety while others are being protected in safe houses in various parts of the country, a civil society official involved in the international witness...

Opposition Parties Threaten Polls Boycott in Sudan

Opposition Parties Threaten Polls Boycott in Sudan Most of Sudan's political opposition parties threatened on Thursday to boycott upcoming elections, following months of concerns raised in the south over insecurity and poor preparation for the polls, according to news reports. The largest opposition party, the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, said on Wednesday it was withdrawing its...

Zimbabwe Crisis Talks End in Mixed Bag

Zimbabwe Crisis Talks End in Mixed Bag NEGOTIATORS from the three political parties in the inclusive government yesterday finished the current round of talks with a mixed bag of outstanding contentious issues and agreement on a swathe of items on the agenda. The situation left the negotiators, their political principals and facilitators, as well as regional leaders with the difficult...

Nigerian Acting President Goodluck Jonathan Asks President Barack Obama to Revisit Terror Blacklist

Nigerian Acting President Goodluck Jonathan Asks President Barack Obama to Revisit Terror Blacklist Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has urged President Barack Obama to revisit the classification of Nigeria by the United States as a "country of interest" on the terror list following the botched Christmas day bombing of an American aircraft by a Nigerian, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab. The acting president's message was conveyed by Nigeria's new...

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned Over Political Conditions in Ethiopia

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned Over Political Conditions in Ethiopia Key U.S. lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have expressed concern for political conditions in Ethiopia, citing authoritarian tendencies by its government as well as human rights abuses such as the continued detention of a prominent opposition leader. Leading off a March 24 hearing on U.S. policy toward Africa, Representative Donald Payne...

Civil Society Sidelined Ahead of Elections in Egypt

Civil Society Sidelined Ahead of Elections in Egypt Egypt's ruling party is taking measures to restrict the work of non-governmental organisations ahead of crucial parliamentary elections. "The future is very dark for us," says Nasser Amin, director of the Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession (ACIJLP). "The government will do anything to win the upcoming elections...

Nigeria's Jonathan Nominates New Cabinet

Nigeria's Jonathan Nominates New Cabinet A LIST of 25 ministerial nominees was, yesterday, delivered to the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark. The list which includes seven from the just dissolved cabinet was delivered by Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, according to normally reliable sources in the National Assembly. It includes 18 new ministerial...

Kenya's Justice Minister Vows New Quest for Violence Tribunal

Kenya's Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo has vowed to revive the quest for a local tribunal for the suspects of the post-poll chaos as soon as the new Constitution is passed. The minister said the current state where the suspects' fate has been left to the Hague-based International Criminal Court was likely to sow the...

Somalia Government Warns of Major Offensive

Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, the Somali Minister for Interior Affairs, today said that his government is determined to take over the parts of Mogadishu controlled by rebel groups. He made the statement after his ministry and the Transitional Federal Government's local authority in Mogadishu held a meeting. Minister Omar underlined that plans to...

Security Council Votes to Expand Mandate of Monitoring Group for Somali Sanctions

The Security Council today agreed to extend the United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions related to the conflict in Somalia for another year and to expand its mandate to try to maintain the arms embargo imposed in the region. Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution re-establishing the Monitoring Group...

Acting Nigerian President Consolidates Power Amid Unrest

Acting Nigerian President Consolidates Power Amid Unrest This week, acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet, further securing his tenuous hold on the country's top post amidst rising unrest in the Niger Delta and flaring religious tensions in the central region of the country. On Wednesday, Goodluck dismissed all of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua's ministers, effectively...

South Africa's Zuma Breaks Zimbabwe Talks Deadlock

South Africa's Zuma Breaks Zimbabwe Talks Deadlock SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma yesterday managed to squeeze a raft of concessions from Zimbabwe's rival political parties and their leaders in a bid to resolve the country's decade-long political crisis. Zuma, who spent two hectic working days holed up in a Harare hotel engaged in marathon meetings, told journalists after long hours of behind-...

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Sacks Ministers

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Sacks Ministers ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday became more decisive in running the affairs of government when he ordered the immediate dissolution of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, bringing to an end lingering speculations on the existence of the former cabinet as constituted by the ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua. Minister of Information and...

South African President Jacob Zuma Intervenes

South African President Jacob Zuma Intervenes SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is expected in Harare on Tuesday in yet another attempt to break the deadlock between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations. Marathon meetings involving the negotiating teams, Zuma's facilitation team and the three principals in the unity government will be held between today and tomorrow to prepare for Zuma's visit...

Secretary-General Calls for Calm in Post-Election Togo

Secretary-General Calls for Calm in Post-Election Togo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm in Togo, where the provisional results of the 4 March presidential election were announced on Saturday, and for any grievances to be resolved through the proper channels. "He calls for the same calm and restraint during this period as that which was witnessed on voting day," Mr. Ban's spokesperson...