Africa

Somalia political leaders slate presidential polls for Dec 28

A new date has been set for the the controversial presidential elections in Somalia after being postponed thrice. According to the Associated Press, Somalia political leaders say the have agreed to hold the polls on December 28 but expect a new parliament to elect a speaker on December 22, before the parliament members elect a president on December 28. The ...

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Gambia refuses entry to ECOWAS head amid election dispute

Gambian authorities have refused entry to the chair of regional body ECOWAS, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Senegal’s foreign minister said on Saturday, dampening hopes for a political solution after President Yahya Jammeh rejected the results of elections that he lost on Dec. 1. Jammeh on Friday called for another election in the tiny West African country after narrowly losing to opposition ...

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Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the election which he lost earlier this month. In a reversal of his acceptance of the result last week, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, suffered a surprise defeat to Adama Barrow, who won ...

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How Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh lost his grip on power

The Darboe effect Perhaps Mr Jammeh’s biggest mistake was the detention of the main opposition leader, Usainou Darboe, of the United Democratic Party (UDP). For many years, Mr Darboe had been an albatross round Mr Jammeh’s neck – the biggest challenge to his presidency. Under Mr Darboe, the opposition tried and failed many times to have a united front. As ...

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Nigeria grapples with starvation amid Boko Haram battle

The United Nations has warned that northern Nigeria faces the “largest crisis in Africa” as the government’s war with Boko Haram has become increasingly bogged down In northern Borno state, the epicentre of a conflict that has spread to three neighbouring countries – Chad, Cameroon and Niger – Nigeria’s army has unleashed a barrage of air and land assaults. The ...

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Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

Sudan’s ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating. Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and drought has hindered the fight against hunger. This burden is affecting not only the country’s food security and sustainable development, but also the homes of many ...

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Mugabe praises ‘peace-loving’ Zimbabweans

President Robert Mugabe has praised Zimbabweans for remaining peaceful in the face of the ongoing economic hardships. His comments, made during a delayed annual State of the Nation address at parliament, made no reference to recent protests – the most violent in years – about the deteriorating economy. The 92-year-old leader, who has been in power for 36 years, has ...

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Uganda: LRA commander pleads not guilty at ICC

The first former child soldier to appear at the International Criminal Court has pleaded not guilty and told judges he was a victim too. Lords Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen said the LRA was responsible and he had also suffered from the atrocities. Ongwen, now in his early 40s, was a boy when he was abducted by the notoriously ...

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South Africa’s move to quit ICC challenged in court

South Africa’s main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, has taken the government to court over its decision to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The High Court in Pretoria is scheduled to begin hearings on Monday to determine the constitutionality of a government move to withdraw from the Hague-based ICC, an international tribunal set up to prosecute individuals for ...

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Despair of Gambians on the migrant trail

Despite only having a population of 2 million, The Gambia’s biggest export is its own people. Gambians are the second-most frequent arrivals by sea in Italy, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Many Gambians believe that getting to Europe – at a cost of about £1,600 ($2,000) – is the only way to improve their lives, the Guardian ...

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