Somalia: Somaliland Postpones Presidential Elections

Somalia: Somaliland Postpones Presidential Elections

Somali self-declared state of Somaliland has postponed the presidential elections for nine months. The election commission has said it will delay the election process which has already created a lot of political tension between the Silanyo government and the opposition. The registration for elections will take place within next six months according the electoral commission committee. The election was set to be held soon before the decision to delay has emerged. Self-declared state which is…

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Court Sentences Former Ivorian First Lady to 20 Years

Court Sentences Former Ivorian First Lady to 20 Years

A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced the former first lady Simone Gbagbo to 20 years imprisonment. She was found guilty of charges over her role in post-election violence between 2010 and 2011. Gbagbo, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity, was accused of crimes including undermining state security, xenophobia and forming armed militia. The 65-year-old had been on trial alongside 82 other allies of her husband…

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Nigeria’s Election Consumed By Propaganda and Doubt

Nigeria’s Election Consumed By Propaganda and Doubt

analysis By Idayat Hassan As the day of Nigeria’s rescheduled elections approaches, tension continues to pervade the polity. Vitriol pours into the air from partisan political actors and everyday even greater quantities of propaganda are released. This ranges from death threats on a presidential candidate to rumours that members of the opposition party will be implicated if the Boko Haram kingpin, Abubakar Shekau, is captured. Press conference after press conference takes place, held by both…

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Dangote Remains Africa Richest Man

Dangote Remains Africa Richest Man

By Omoh Gabriel Lagos — Alhaji Aliko Dangote has remained Africa’s richest man despite his losses to the devaluation of the Naira and drops in the demand for cement his largest asset. According to Forbes margazine, Dangote was this “year’s biggest loser in dollar terms as his fortune dropped to $14.7 billion from $25 billion last year, propelled downward by a weaker Naira and shrinking demand for cement, his largest asset. He still retains the…

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Mauritania Joins the Biological Weapons Convention.

Mauritania Joins the Biological Weapons Convention.

By Nicolas Kasprzyk Earlier this year, on 28 January, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania acceded to the Biological Weapons Convention (the BWC – formally named the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological [Biological] and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction). The news was announced on 4 February by the United Kingdom, one of the three depositories of the BWC along with the United States and Russia. By acceding to…

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Zimbabwe: Pro-Zanu-PF Firms and Individuals Win As New Radio Licences Issued.

Zimbabwe: Pro-Zanu-PF Firms and Individuals Win As New Radio Licences Issued.

THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has issued eight new radio licences out of some 21 applicants with pro-Zanu PF companies and individuals among the main beneficiaries. AB Communications, which is owned by Zanu PF Member of Parliament and cabinet minister Supa Mandiwandira and the government-owned Kingstons book shop were handed two licences each. The development brings to three, the number of radio stations owned by Mandiwanzira following the establishment of his ZiFM radio station…

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UN Approves Targeted South Sudan Sanctions

UN Approves Targeted South Sudan Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution creating a system by which it would impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan.   This is the 15-member body’s latest step towards ending a conflict that has killed thousands in the world’s newest country. The Council has endorsed the Cessation of Hostilities Agreements accepted and signed by both the governments of South Sudan and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM)-in Opposition…

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