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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...

Almost 700 Arrested During Uprising, Tunisia Minister Says

Tunisian Minister of Justice, Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, announced Wednesday that 698 people had been arrested for involvement in the unrest that preceded and followed the fall of the former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January. These individuals are suspected of "sabotage, violence and and looting," the minister said at a news conference....

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...

Tunisians Rally Against Interim Government

Hundreds of Tunisians gathered Saturday in the capital, Tunis, to protest the country's new unity government, as the prime minister promised to hold the country's first democratic elections since its independence from France in 1956. The protesters were joined by dozens of members of the country's feared police force, blamed for the bloody...

Tunisian Interim Ministers Resign from Ruling Party Following Continuing Protests

Tunisian state television reports that ministers from Tunisia's interim government have resigned from the ruling party of the ousted former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The move comes days after four opposition ministers quit the interim cabinet to protest the ruling party's continued influence in politics. On Monday, Prime Minster Mohamed...

East Africa Eager to Welcome Independent South Sudan

With the final referendum votes being counted and south Sudan preparing to cut ties with the north, excitement is building in East Africa, as the prospects of an expanded political and economic union draw near. While official results from south Sudan’s historic election are not expected until February, unofficial tallies indicate nearly universal...

Tunisian Ministers Quit Ruling Party

Tunisian state television reports that ministers from Tunisia's interim government have resigned from the ruling party of the ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.The move comes days after four opposition ministers quit the interim Cabinet in protest of the ruling party's continued influence in politics. On Monday, Prime Minster Mohamed...

Tunisia Investigates Ousted President's Finances

Tunisian prosecutors have begun investigating the overseas assets of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, his family and associates. Officials are said to be looking at bank accounts, real estate, and other valuables held by the former ruler, as well as his wife Leila Trabelsi and her relatives. Also Wednesday, the Swiss government ordered a...

Critics Contend US Should Offer Stronger Support to Tunisians

It is unprecedented in the Arab world and the seeming answer to a U.S. prayer - youth, rising up against a dictator and toppling the government in the span of a few short weeks. This happened in Tunisia as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the region to advance political, economic, and social reform across the region. Some critics...

Speaker Replaces Ben Ali as Tunisian President

Speaker Replaces Ben Ali as Tunisian President Tunisia's parliamentary speaker Fouad Mebazzaa has been sworn in as caretaker leader after the Constitutional Council declared that Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi did not have the right to assume power. The move comes after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia amid a wave of deadly protests. Ending 23 years of rule, Ben Ali...

North and South Sudan: Challenge of Forming Cooperative Ties

    A political expert on Sudan compares the formal break-up of the country to a delicate medical operation. "The situation between north and south is like [separating] Siamese twins. Any surgical mistakes could destroy both of them, " says El Moiz Abunura, a political consultant on Sudan and former senior economist in the Ministry of Energy....

Nigerian President Wins Ruling-Party Nomination for April Vote

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's victory in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party primary ends an informal agreement that rotated the party's presidential nominee between north and south. That deal gave northern Nigerians another four years in office to complete what would have been the second term of the late president Umaru Musa Yar'adua....

Africa Faces Year of "Messy" Elections

Africa Faces Year of "Messy" Elections At the start of one of Africa’s busiest political seasons – more than 17 elections are due this year – the deepening crisis in Côte d’Ivoire sends a brutal reminder of the limits of electoral politics. The idea that free-ish multiparty elections supervised by the United Nations were going to resolve the fissures between the north and south of...

Nigeria's Jonathan Signs Constitutional Amendment

Nigeria's Jonathan Signs Constitutional Amendment The controversy over the legality of the amendments to the 1999 Constitution was finally rested yesterday as President Goodluck Jonathan signed the first amendment to the constitution. He also assented to two amendments to the Electoral Act. President Jonathan thereby made history as the first head of state under whose tenure a constitution was...

Money, not Politics, Behind Congo Constitutional Amendment

A Democratic Republic of Congo cabinet minister has described as nonsensical accusations that a proposed constitutional amendment will weaken the opposition and will act as a significant boost to the ruling party in the scheduled 27th November general elections. Information minister Lambert Mende said the country’s fiscal condition is, in his...