Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

African Union calls for peace in South Africa amid deadly unrest

– – Firefighters are also cleaning up the mess, helped by local residents wielding brooms. Police have also arrested hundreds of people for the violent unrest as the military makes efforts to bring the rioting under control. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa met with leaders of political parties on Wednesday to discuss ways to address the unrest. “President Ramaphosa welcomed proposals made by political leaders and said expanded deployment of the South African National Defence Force was being addressed,” a government statement said. The jailing of a former president is…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

African Union suspends Mali over political crisis

– – The African Union is the latest organization to announce that it has suspened Mali following last week’s military coup. That was the second time in nine months soldiers had taken up arms to control the government. Last year the soldiers toppled the government led by ex-President Keita. A transitional process was in place after an interim President and prime minister were appointed. But that transitional administration has also been overthrown by the soldiers who were unhappy with a reshuffle carried out within the transitional government. The coup leader,…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ex-Ghanaian President withdraws as special AU envoy to Somalia

– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia. In a statement, Mr. Mahama attributed his decision to the lack of support by the Somali federal government. He said the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”. On May 7, the AU appointed Mr Mahama as its special representative to Somalia. But the Somali government formally rejected Mr. Mahama’s appointment, citing his “extensive links” with Kenya,…

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Africa World 

African Union meets over political crisis in Chad

– – The African Union’s peace and security council is meeting on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Chad. It follows what analysts say is a subtle military takeover after the death of the country’s leader, Idriss Déby. President Idriss Déby died during clashes with rebels who were advancing unto the country’s capital over the weekend. The army appointed President Idriss Déby’s son, Mahamat to take over, a move that has been rejected by the opposition politicians in Chad. Major opposition parties on Wednesday denounced what they called an…

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Africa Business World 

The African Union’s digital Covid-19 passport for travelers

– – The African Union has developed a common continental Covid-19 digital passport for travelers and airlines. It is an initiative by African Union’s lead health agency, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The technology is known as Trusted Travel, a platform that will enable passengers across Africa to securely and easily verify compliance with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements issued by their destinations of choice. The platform has been made available to airlines since March 2021 as the continent continues to battle the pandemic.…

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Africa World 

Moussa Faki Mahamat re-elected as AU Commission chief

– – Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat has been re-elected as the chairman of the African Union Commission. He secured 51 out of 55 votes from member countries of the African Union during its 34th Summit on Saturday. Mahamat stood unchallenged at the summit which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. He will serve for the next four years and that would be his final tenure as head of the commission. In a statement on Twitter Faki said he was “deeply humbled by the overwhelming and historic vote of…

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Africa Central Africa Rwanda World 

Rwanda’s Nsanzabaganwa elected as AU Commission deputy chair

– – Rwandan economist and politician Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as deputy chairperson of the African Union commission. Nsanzabaganwa until her election served as the deputy governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, a role she held since 2011. She is a member of the African Leaders Network, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). The Rwandan politician has also served as the chairperson of the board of directors of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, since 2012. When she first returned to Rwanda, Nsanzabaganwa worked…

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Africa World 

34th African Union summit opens virtually amid Coronavirus

– – The 34th African Union summit opened virtually on Saturday as African leaders discuss very critical issues affecting the continent. The 55-member union will be holding this summit for the next two days on theme “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.” The summit is taking place at the time the continent and the world is battling the Coronavirus Pandemic. The continent of Africa has so far recorded 3.5% of global virus cases and 4% of global deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

DR Congo’s President Tshisekedi takes over as AU chairman

– – President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi has now assumed the role of chairman of the African Union. He took over from South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa and will serve as the chairman for one-year. Tshisekedi’s tenure began officially at the African Union’s 34th summit on Saturday with discussions taking place virtually. As we hand over the baton to the DRC, we are determined to continue working with President Tshisekedi to ensure that Africa becomes an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism…

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Africa Featured Libya North Africa World 

African Union welcomes Libyan interim unity government

– – The African Union has welcomed the setting up of a Libyan interim unity government which is expected to oversee elections in December this year. Delegates at a UN-led forum voted for a three-member presidential council as well as a prime minister. Mohamed Younes Menfi, a former ambassador to Greece, will be the head of the presidency council. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, a businessman from Misrata, will also take up the tole of transitional prime minister. None of these persons chosen will be allowed to take part in elections…

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