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Referendum Source of Tension in Sudan's Abeyi Region

South Sudan is preparing to hold a referendum on January 9 that could see the region split from Sudan's Arab-dominated government in Khartoum.  On the same day, a similar referendum is supposed to take place in the Sudanese region of Abyei, but who gets to vote in that referendum is in dispute. Dozens of trucks and buses have begun arriving in...

Odinga Remarks Spark Persecution Fears for Kenya's Gay Community

Kenya's gay and lesbian communities say they are confused and worried after the country's prime minister called for the arrest of homosexuals.Recent statements made by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga have many gay and lesbian activists concerned that the country's gains in civil rights could be erased. Speaking Sunday at a rally in Kenya's...

South Africa Assesses Progress in Fight Against AIDS

International AIDS Day provides an opportunity to examine the efforts to combat the deadly virus that attacks the human immune system. In South Africa, whose 5.7 million HIV victims make it the most affected country in the world, officials and activists are assessing an ambitious campaign launched by the government on AIDS Day (Dec 1st) last year...

South Africa's Zuma Tries to End Political Paralysis

South African President Jacob Zuma is in Zimbabwe to try to end power-sharing disputes between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe and Tsvangirai agreed to share power after disputed elections in 2008 but their unity government has been rocked by rifts over posts and privileges. Zuma has tried to resolve...

Egyptian Courts Orders Cancellation of Vote in 24 Districts

Egyptian courts have ordered the cancellation of parliamentary elections this Sunday in 24 districts. But it is expected the court's orders will be quashed as the ruling party contests them. The courts have said elections should not be held in 12 districts in the Nile Delta, two districts in the south of the country, and 10 already announced...

Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls

Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt. Less than one month after being approved by the Somali Parliament, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is now...

ECOWAS Urges Ivory Coast Candidates to End Verbal Attacks

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on both President Laurent Gbagbo and his challenger, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara, to desist from “verbal attacks,” which he said could threaten the country’s peace and stability. Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications director, described as unfortunate...

Voters Remain Pessimistic as Egyptian Elections Approach

Egypt's parliamentary elections are less than a week away and even though government officials insist the balloting will be free and fair, many Egyptians remain pessimistic the process will lead to fundamental change.Some are too busy simply trying to make a living in tough economic times to get involved in politics. Others are skeptical about the...

Ivory Coast to Bolster Security for Presidential Run-Off

Ivory Coast's military leaders say they are starting to deploy additional troops to ensure security for Sunday's presidential run-off election.Official campaigning is under way in Ivory Coast for the run-off between President Laurent Gbagbo and former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. This election is the country's first presidential poll since...

Zuma to Mediate Zimbabwe Political Stand-Off

South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly to visit Zimbabwe later this week to try to resolve disputes within Zimbabwe's power-sharing government. The president said during a trip to Botswana that Zimbabwe's leaders must implement all the measures in their power-sharing accord before elections can take place. Senior officials of the...

Egypt Cracks Down as U.S. Stands By

Egypt Cracks Down as U.S. Stands By In the face of police brutality, crackdowns on political parties and media, and a host of other violations ahead of Egypt's Nov. 28 parliamentary election, human rights advocates are calling on President Barack Obama to use U.S. leverage to persuade Egypt to reform its electoral process, allow international monitors to assess the election, and...

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Wins Election With 60 Per Cent

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been declared the winner of the country's election on Friday. He took over 61 per cent of the votes. His closest rival Wilbrod Slaa of the Chadema party won close to 26 per cent and Ibrahim Lipumba of the Civic United Front came third with close to 8 per cent. The election on Sunday passed off peacefully. On...

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Accepts Bunge Results in Tanzania

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Accepts Bunge Results in Tanzania CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) said on Tuesday it had retained 78.24 per cent of the constituent seats in parliament after losing 51 to the opposition and declared that it accepted the results. The party's campaign Manager, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, said in Dar es Salaam that their computations showed they had retained 188 of the 239 constituent seats,...

New South African Ministers Sworn In After Major Cabinet Reshuffle

New South African Ministers Sworn In After Major Cabinet Reshuffle Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo on Monday presided over the swearing in of six new ministers and 12 deputy ministers appointed by President Jacob Zuma as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. Those who took their oath at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria were Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba,...

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister Somalia's parliament has approved the appointment of Mohamed Abdullahii Mohamed as the country's new prime minister. Lawmakers voted by 297 to 92 in favour of the president's nominee, who is a US-educated former diplomat from the Somali diaspora. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his speaker of the parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, have been...