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Millions Vote in Peaceful Elections in Tanzania

MILLIONS of Tanzanians voted smoothly and peacefully in the general elections throughout the country on Sunday. A diversity in weather conditions characterized the day as in some places, like Zanzibar municipality, voters had to brave a heavy morning downpour while in some other areas across the country, voters ensured a scorching sun. Reports...

President Barack Obama Calls for Sudan Referendum to Take Place on Time

President Barack Obama and former South African president Thabo Mbeki have held talks on upcoming independence referendum in Sudan, insisting that that they should not be delayed. Obama phoned Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, to discuss the issue which has been creating anxiety with less than three...

Voters Are Ready for 2010 General Elections in Tanzania

Voters Are Ready for 2010 General Elections in Tanzania THE 72 days of the 2010 general election campaigns come to an end on Sunday when Tanzanians go to the polls to elect the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, President of Zanzibar, MPs, Members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and councillors who will lead this country in the next five years. The process that pitted all the 18...

Sarkozy Calls for Permanent African Security Council Seats

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that it is a "scandal" that Africa has no permanent seat on the UN Security Council at a summit of French-speaking countries in Switzerland Saturday. "One billion inhabitants, in 30 years two billion inhabitants who have no permanent representation - it's a scandal," Sarkozy told the 37 other heads of state...

Seven Candidates to Contest Presidency in Tanzania

Seven Candidates to Contest Presidency in Tanzania Seven presidential candidates will take part in the October general elections in the United Republic of Tanzania, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said. These include incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete, who is running for a second term. He is representing the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, which has been in power since independence in...

Cabinet Team Agrees on Secret Notes to Surrender to International Criminal Court in Kenya

Cabinet Team Agrees on Secret Notes to Surrender to  International Criminal Court in Kenya A Cabinet team on Tuesday approved a set of minutes of security meetings to be handed over to the International Criminal Court to speed up the trials of the masterminds of Kenya's worst post-election violence. The minutes will cover sensitive security meetings held before and during the 2007 post-election violence that led to the killing of 1,133...

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move The interim Prime Minister of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has resigned from the post after a months-long feud with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Radio Garowe reports. An news conference event was held at Villa Somalia presidential palace and attended by President Sharif, the resigning Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali...

Zimbabwen Prime Minister Tsvangirai Meets Zuma Over Poll Roadmap

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has met Sadc mediator in Zimbabwe Jacob Zuma to push for the immediate implementation of the regional bloc's roadmap towards free and fair elections in the country next year. Tsvangirai met Zuma on Wednesday as a 30-day deadline set by regional leaders for Zimbabwe's coalition partners to implement outstanding...

Declaration of Intent For The 2011 Presidential Race of Nigeria

Declaration of Intent For The 2011 Presidential Race of Nigeria Dear compatriots, four months ago, providence placed me at the leadership of our dear country, following the untimely death of our dear former President, my brother and leader, President Umaru Musa Yar'adua. It was a very solemn and trying moment for me personally and for the country as a whole. My immediate task and priority was and still remains...

Rwandan Prime Minister Makuza Reappointed

Rwandan Prime Minister Makuza Reappointed President Paul Kagame yesterday reappointed Bernard Makuza as Prime Minister. This was announced yesterday evening by the Office of the President. "According to the Rwandan Constitution, the President has to name the Prime Minister within 15 days of the inauguration and in turn, the Prime Minister will work with the Head of State to identify and...

Kenyan Soldiers Reveal Role in Post-Election Violence

Kenyan Soldiers Reveal Role in Post-Election Violence New evidence on how Kenya's post-election violence was planned, funded and executed has been revealed. The International Criminal Court says the fresh information was supplied by former soldiers who trained youths who caused the mayhem in various parts of the country. The witnesses had not given their testimony to the Waki commission which...

Liberian Cabinet Looks Beyond 2011

The Liberian Cabinet is working twenty-four around the clock to make sure that development, as it is unfolding at a full-scale level, remains its foremost focus far beyond 2011. By this time, the Cabinet, which is supporting progress being made on two of the most significant issues for the future development of Liberia beyond 2011 including local...

Former president Ibrahim Babangida - Yar'aduaTicket Belongs to the North in Nigeria

Former president Ibrahim Babangida said yesterday that the PDP was being dishonest when it said President Jonathan could run for election next year on his initial joint ticket with the late Umaru Yar'adua. Babangida, who is seeking to be the ruling party's candidate for the 2011 presidential election, said the late Yar'adua's ticket belongs to the...

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Admits Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Visit Was 'Wrong'

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Sunday that Kenya was mistaken to invite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to last week's signing ceremony for the country's new constitution. Odinga said despite efforts to "foster good neighbourliness" it was "wrong". "We are going to look very bad in the eyes of the international community if we allow...

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Defies ICC Arrest Warrants Again As He Attends Kenya's Party

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Defies ICC Arrest Warrants Again As He Attends Kenya's Party Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday made a surprise appearance at the Uhuru Park celebrations, defying International Criminal Court arrest warrants against him. The Sudanese leader is subject to two arrest warrants issued by the ICC over atrocities committed in Darfur in Sudan, but the Kenyan government said that it would not arrest him....