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Harare Political Violence Unacceptable - Zuma

SADC facilitator South African President Jacob Zuma yesterday condemned politically motivated violence and intimidation that has flared up in Harare's high-density suburbs since Zanu PF launched its 2011 election campaign. According to Zuma's international advisor Lindiwe Zulu, the South African president has called on the principals, President...

African Union Panel Prepares for Ivory Coast Mediation

The leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, South Africa, and Tanzania meet in Nouakchott, Mauritania to hear from African Union officials about the stalemate between Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the United-Nations-certified winner of November's vote, former prime minister Alassane Ouattara.The five heads of state are...

Ugandans Cast Votes in Presidential, Parliamentary Elections

Ugandans are heading to the polls Friday to cast their ballots in Presidential and parliamentary races. With questions surrounding the vote’s credibility, many observers are anxiously watching for signs of unrest in the east African nation.Voting is underway throughout Uganda as the country looks to select its leaders for the next five years....

Ivory Coast Economy Quickly Deteriorates, Alarming Economists and Residents

As the political impasse persists in divided Ivory Coast, the West African country, which was once the region’s economic powerhouse, faces further decline. Residents and analysts are very worried about the quickly dissolving economic situation there.At a protest this week in Abidjan, a farmer complained about an ongoing cocoa embargo by major...

Claims of Rigging as Uganda Heads to Polls Friday

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is seeking a fourth term in the country's national elections Friday. As the country prepares for the polls, though, opposition leaders are casting doubt on the transparency of the vote. Polling stations across Uganda will open for the east African nation’s fourth presidential elections since the reinstitution of...

Madagascar’s Former President Says He Will Return

Madagascar's ousted president Marc Ravalomanana says he will return home despite a threat by the current government to arrest him on arrival.  The former president made the remarks in South Africa where he has been in exile for the past two years. Former President Marc Ravalomanana told reporters he will return Saturday to Madagascar, saying he...

Radio Network in Southern Senegal Tries to Restore Peace

A community radio project in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region is trying to help the peace process there by encouraging dialogue in an atmosphere of ongoing tension and violence. Pasted to the wall inside Fogny FM, a radio station located just south of the Gambian border, are the words "radio is an art" scribbled in French.  But for thousands of...

US President Obama Nominates Scott Gration as the Next Ambassador to Kenya

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next Ambassador to Kenya. Gration’s arrival will end the term of influential and often controversial envoy Michael Ranneberger.After much speculation, U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration as the next U.S....

Protesters in Egypt Hold Square Despite Talks

Thousands of protesters were still occupying Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday, despite government talks with opposition parties the previous day. Some of the demonstrators slept under the tracks of army tanks to make sure they did not move in to the square to disperse the protest. One person was injured on Monday morning when four rockets were...

Return of Islamic Leader Worries Some Tunisian Women

Last week, Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi and other members of the Islamic al-Nahda Party returned to Tunisia after more than two decades in exile. Ghannouchi’s return—and the warm welcome he received at the Tunis airport—touched off concerns about a resurgence of political Islam in the North African country.  No one is more concerned than Tunisia's...

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...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Tunisia Islamist Leader Does Not Support an Islamic State

Islamist leader Rachid Ghanouchi has been in Tunisia's spotlight since returning to the North African country after more than two decades in exile. In the past, Tunisian authorities have cracked down hard on political Islam. Many are wondering what role it will play as Tunisia tries to build a multiparty democracy. Ghanouchi is quick to stress his...

Ghana Lawmakers Propose Salary Increases as Anti-Corruption Effort

Ghanaian lawmakers say they have found a novel way to curb corruption, by doubling their own pay. The proposal has provoked a debate in this West African country still searching for ways to manage its newfound oil wealth.The 2,000 Ghana cedis that the country's parliamentarians take home each month could buy you roundtrip airfare to London or Cape...

Siad Barre’s Fall Blamed for Somalia’s Collapse into Civil War

Twenty years ago the overthrow of Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre left the country in chaos.  Since then, Somalis have been through years of civil strife and one of Africa’s longest civil wars. One observer says the country is weak because it is divided into clans. Hussein Warsame, a professor at Calgary University in Canada, says Somalia has...