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‘War on Graft’ Becomes Political in Kenya

As the Kenyan government returns for the New Year, the 'War on Graft' is heating up in the capital, but some are hitting back at allegations, accusing opponents of playing politics with the anti-corruption crusade. Just four days into 2011, the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission added yet another member of Kenya’s Cabinet to its list of high-...

One Man’s Act Triggers Watershed Events in Tunisia

It has been two weeks since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in the southern Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. This, after police confiscated his market stall, the sole source of income for Bouazizi and his family. The incident sparked anti-government protests and clashes with police across the...

Robert Mugabe Under Pressure to Accept Election Delay in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe's hopes of having a parliamentary election by June this year could be dashed, following reports that Zimbabwe is likely to postpone the poll in order to make constitutional reforms first. This could force the ZANU PF leader, who insists on both presidential and parliamentary elections by mid-year, to agree to hold a poll much later...

Nigerian Presidential Advisor Resigns to Run for Governor

In Nigeria, an advisor to President Goodluck Jonathan on the volatile Niger Delta region has resigned. Nigeria’s presidency announced Thursday that Timi Alaibe resigned because he wants to run for governor of Bayelsa State, the home state of President Jonathan. Alaibe had been in charge of running the federal government’s amnesty program for...

Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Success or Failure

Many analysts credit the CPA with bringing an end to two decades of civil war, which took over two million lives and left four million people homeless. The plan – which had the backing of the international community – was signed in 2005 by the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), based in Juba, and the ruling National...

Somalia: Not Much Changed in 2010

In Somalia, 2010 saw a continuation of fighting between militant groups and the forces loyal to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).  And Somalia continued to be home to one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. Former U.S. ambassador David Shinn says, “If you look at the total picture, the situation at the end of the year is very...

Mediators Finding No Progress in Ivory Coast Dispute

While the international community is pushing in many directions to have incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo step down, they are finding no success one month after a disputed election. Analysts now say the much anticipated and costly election may not have been the solution to the Ivorian problem the international community was hoping for...

U.N. Human Rights Council Condemns Violence in Ivory Coast

The U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Thursday on the political crisis in Ivory Coast.  The resolution condemns the violence taking place there, such as killings, abductions, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and sexual violence. The council called for an immediate end to all human rights violations in Ivory Coast.  It...

Guinea's New President Inducted

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was among more than a dozen Heads of State and Government at the inauguration of the President Alpha Conde of Guinea, at a colorful ceremony in the capital Conakry. In his inaugural speech, President Conde thanked the people of Guinea for the transition to democratic rule. The newly inducted President called on all...

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Zapiro, Avusa for R5 Million

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Zapiro, Avusa for R5 Million President Jacob Zuma is suing Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon, The Times reported on Tuesday. Zuma started proceedings against Avusa, the cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro and former Sunday Times editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in a summons issued in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday. The cartoon, depicting Zuma...

WikiLeaks Revelations Put Zimbabwe in Jeopardy of Further Instability, says Analyst

A leading security analyst based in southern Africa says the spilling of United States government secrets about Zimbabwe by the WikiLeaks organization is “dangerous” for the region, and could lead to instability and violence ahead of the election Harare’s expected to call next year. “Certainly for southern Africa, the WikiLeaks Zimbabwe...

2011 Elections Crucial for Liberia

2011 Elections Crucial for Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the 2011 elections as the defining event for Liberia. The elections, the President said, will determine if Liberia truly gets on the course of democracy, enabling the country to achieve its development goals. She made the statement over the weekend. "For us, it has to be a good elections, a free and...

African Union to Discuss Election Dispute

African Union to Discuss Election Dispute An extraordinary session of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) in Addis Ababa is expected to deliberate on Cote d'Ivoire's election dispute. On Saturday, two men laid claim to Cote d'Ivoire's highest post. Incumbent Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in as the new president in a formal ceremony inside the presidential palace. Less than an...

South Sudan Rejects Referendum Postponement, Warns Egypt Over 'Interference'

Southern Sudan's ruling party, the Sudan's Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), will not accept any proposal aimed at delaying the timely conduct of the regions self-determination referendum, a senior party official said Saturday. The deputy Secretary General's remarks follows reports that Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, the Chairperson of Southern Sudan...

Guinea's Supreme Court Declares Condé Presidential Poll Winner

Guinea's Supreme Court has declared Alpha Condé president, confirming results in the country's first free vote since independence after a two-week wait. The court validated the 72-year-old's victory in a historic poll with 52.52 per cent of the vote. A state of emergency, which saw at least seven deaths, was declared when rival candidate Cellou...