Sunday, February 9, 2020

Tag "African Union"

    Falana calls for suspension of Morocco from AU

Falana calls for suspension of Morocco from AU

Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has called for the suspension of Morocco from the African Union over the alleged illegal occupation of parts of the territory of Western Sahara. The human rights lawyer made the call to African leaders at the recently concluded international conference on Western Sahara in Paris, capital of France. Falana, who is also the legal [...]

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    Jonathan gets international appointment

Jonathan gets international appointment

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has emerged chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), a body made up of mainly African former presidents.  Jonathan assumed this role on Friday during the international leadership conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. While delivering a keynote address at the conference, the former Nigerian president called on the African Union (AU) to set minimum acceptable standards for appointing the [...]

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    AU suspends Sudan over military crackdown

AU suspends Sudan over military crackdown

The African Union (AU), on Thursday, said it had suspended Sudan until a civilian government was formed, intensifying international pressure on the country’s new military rulers to give up power. “Ethiopia meanwhile will launch a mediation effort on Friday,’’ diplomatic sources in Khartoum said. The moves took place after security forces cleared protesters from a sit-in camp in central Khartoum on Monday. Security [...]

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    Nigeria’s auditor-general appointed into AU board of auditors

Nigeria’s auditor-general appointed into AU board of auditors

Anthony Ayine, auditor-general of the federation, has been appointed as a member of the African Union (AU) board of external auditors. Kwesi Quartey, deputy chairperson of the AU commission, conveyed the appointment in a letter addressed to Ayine. Quartey said Ayine’s membership of the board will last for one year. "I have the honour to inform you that the Republic of Nigeria [...]

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    Buhari: Nigeria has left the era when votes were awarded

Buhari: Nigeria has left the era when votes were awarded

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria has left the era when votes were awarded and the cheated were told to seek redress in court. Buhari said this at the presidential villa in Abuja while receiving members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission on elections. He said the 2019 polls would be free and fair, adding the electorate [...]

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    US ‘looking for’ African countries interested in free trade agreements

US ‘looking for’ African countries interested in free trade agreements

The US government says it is looking for African countries that would be interested in bilateral free trade agreements with it. NAN reports that Peter Haas, the US deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and negotiation, told journalists in a teleconference that it was a big deal for the US to be looking towards Africa. "What we were looking for are African [...]

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    Nigeria absent as 44 African countries sign free trade agreement

Nigeria absent as 44 African countries sign free trade agreement

Leaders from 44 African countries on Wednesday signed an agreement to form a $2.5 trillion continental free-trade zone, but Nigeria was absent. The free-trade zone is the largest in the world since the creation of the World Trade Organisation in 1995. Deliberations on the free-trade zone begun in 2015 and was originally projected to capture 55 countries. At the African Union summit in [...]

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    From Africa: A status report

From Africa: A status report

The 30th summit of African Union leaders in Addis Ababa on Monday came at a moment when the continent is struggling to find its bearings. And we didn’t need Donald Trump’s slur to remind us of the work that still needs to be done. After years of violent conflicts, Liberia just had a peaceful transfer of power, which ushered in former world [...]

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    1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

1 in 5 African children ‘does not get vaccines’

One in five children in Africa does not receive basic life-saving vaccines, resulting to the loss of many lives to vaccine-preventable diseases. The World Health Organisation says while Africa has made gains in the last 15 years, toward increasing access to immunisation, progress has stagnated, and the continent is falling behind on meeting global immunisation targets. The organisation therefore charged African leaders to [...]

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Get an African passport and move within the 54 African countries without a visa

Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, officially launched the African passport at the 27th African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The passport will allow its holders move freely among the 54 member countries of the AU. This was done to aid the agenda of free movement of people and trade on the continent. She issued the [...]

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    Habre, Chad’s ex-ruler, bags life imprisonment for rape

Habre, Chad’s ex-ruler, bags life imprisonment for rape

Hissene Habre, former ruler of Chad, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity. Habre was convicted of rape, slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990, the BBC reports. He was tried by a court backed by the African Union in Senegal, and was subsequently convicted on Monday. He is the first ex-African leader to be convicted [...]

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Buhari leaves for Kenya

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Wednesday for a three-day state visit to Kenya, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, has said.  According to him, "on arrival in Kenya, President Buhari will join his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries at a memorial service for Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia on January 15."  "After the memorial service in [...]

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    AU hails successful Ebola-free AFCON

AU hails successful Ebola-free AFCON

The African Union has commended CAF and Equatorial Guinea for hosting a successful Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) free of fresh cases of Ebola virus. The AFCON 2015 was hosted by Equatorial Guinea after Morocco pulled out over fears of Ebola outbreak but the championship recorded no single case of the virus which affected largely three West African nations – Sierra [...]

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    Boko Haram launches first attack in Niger

Boko Haram launches first attack in Niger

Troops from Chad and Niger are currently repelling a Boko Haram attack on Bosso, a town in Niger. At least five Nigerian soldiers reportedly got injured in the operation. Unlike Nigeria and Cameroon that have recorded several attacks from the sect, this is the first time that the militants would operate on the soil of Niger. On Thursday, the group killed "at least [...]

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    90-year-old Mugabe falls at Harare Airport

90-year-old Mugabe falls at Harare Airport

Ninety-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe fell on Wednesday after addressing a crowd at Harare Airport. The incident, witnessed by journalists, reignited concerns about his health, but his spokesman, George Charamba, said the president “just missed a step” while alighting from the podium. Mugabe had just returned from Addis Ababa, where he had assumed the chairmanship of the African Union. His aides quickly came [...]

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    Septuagenarian Kafando named Burkina Faso interim president

Septuagenarian Kafando named Burkina Faso interim president

Seventy-two-year-old Michel Kafando, a former foreign minister (pictured), has been chosen as Burkina Faso's interim president, beating two journalists and one academic to the post. The decision, which was reached by political, military, religious, civil and traditional leaders in Burkina Faso, resulted from the amicable signing of a charter on Sunday, towards the country’s yearlong transition to elections. Earlier, Blaise Compaore was forced [...]

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