– – 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…Read More
– – The much anticipated African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has become operational effective January 1, 2021 after months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials of the secretariat in-charge of executing the trade zone had promised the deal will be operational on July 1, 2020. But when the Covid-19 hit hard, it affected plans and forced the setting of a new date for operating the deal. African Union Heads of State and Government during a virtual meeting of the 13th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of…Read More
– – The African Union and West African regional bloc Ecowas have been condemned widely by many Africans for keeping silent on ongoing violence in Nigeria. Protesters in Nigeria have been demanding at end to police brutalities forcing the government to disband the notorious police unit called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The government then replaced the disbanded unit with a new one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars. Protests have however continued for days with citizens not satisfied…Read More
Many Africans in the Diaspora have been angered by the sacking of the African Union (AU) Permanent Ambassador in the United States. Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao appointed to the position in December 2016 and has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond. Chihombori-Quao is very outspoken and has become a leading voice for Pan-Africanism. She has been heard on several occasions criticizing the west for maintaining neo-colonial policies that are meant to keep Africa poor. In some media interviews she has called out…Read More
The African Union (AU) has now lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership after a transitional government was put in place. The new government brings an end to months of violence and chaos following the toppling of former leader, Omar al-Bashir. The AU suspended Sudan for three months after the military initially refused to hand over power to a civilian regime with 60 days. Following negotiations and dialogue, the civilian opposition and the military agreed to a new transitional government. The parties signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August. Sudan also…Read More
The African Union Commission Deputy Chairman Kwesi Quartey has said that although the Union hopes coups do not take place, some of them are inevitable. The Ghanaian diplomat told DW that “we are concerned. But we also recognize that the military is a backbone of the state and in a situation of chaos normally the military will not sit down and watch the political situation fall apart. So, some of it is inevitable”. But the deputy AU commission chief reminded the world that despite a push for democracy in Africa,…Read More
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.
President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.Read More
The U.S. may talk the talk of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights,’ but in Africa, it has never walked the walk.”
If a tree is judged by its fruit, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is undeniably diseased from its roots to its branches. One of AFRICOM’s fruits, Amadou Sanogo, who is a captain in Mali’s armed forces, and a former AFRICOM trainee, led the recent military takeover of Mali’s government supposedly because he didn’t believe the country’s leaders were doing enough to suppress an armed secessionist movement in the northern territories. The result was disastrous. The African Union was outraged, and in short order, not only were there crippling economic sanctions against Mali, but also the secessionists took advantage of the confused state of Mali’s government and military and secured control of several towns, including the legendary Timbuktu.Read More
Addis Ababa – Ethiopia’s foreign minister opened a special African Union summit Friday with a scathing attack on the International Criminal Court, blasting what he said was its “unfair” and “totally unacceptable” treatment of Africa.
The special summit comes amid mounting tensions between The Hague-based court and Kenya, whose president and vice-president have been charged with committing crimes against humanity during election-related violence in 2007-2008.Read More