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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… Read More
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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– – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has withdrawn his acceptance as a special African Union (AU) envoy to mediate talks over the political crisis in Somalia.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… Read More
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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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African leaders to focus on Covid-19 and conflicts at AU summit

– – African leaders are expected to focus on the continent’s COVID-19 response at a virtual summit this weekend, as well as pressing security crises that have gone overlooked during the pandemic. The two-day African Union summit comes almost exactly one year after Egypt recorded the first case of COVID-19 in Africa, prompting widespread fears that member states’ weak health… Read More