Governance

Gambia’s Justice Minister, Human Rights Champion Resigns

Gambia’s renowned justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou, who established a probe to investigate abuses under the country’s ex-dictator and spearheaded the international defense of Myanmar’s Rohingya, has resigned, the government said Thursday. The tiny West African state said that Tambadou will step down as minister and attorney general effective from June 30, for an unspecified job […]

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President Mutharika Votes in Malawi’s Fresh Presidential Election

Millions of Malawians cast votes Tuesday in the re-run of last year’s presidential election. The fresh election comes after Malawi’s Constitutional Court nullified President Peter Mutharika’s victory in last year’s election, citing massive fraud. Malawi’s Electoral Commission (MEC) says it expects a free and fair election this time, although a few incidents of violence were […]

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Evariste Ndayishimiye Sworn In as Burundi’s New President 

Evariste Ndayishimiye was sworn in as Burundi’s new president Thursday at the Ingoma stadium in the capital city, Gitegay, a week after the sudden death of outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza. Ndayishimiye was originally scheduled to be sworn into office in August, but the Constitutional Court ruled last week that Ndayishimiye’s swearing take place as soon […]

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In Uganda, Critics Concerned About Web and Media-Only Election Campaigning

Uganda’s 2021 election candidates will have to campaign online and through the media to reach voters as part of new rules to stem the spread of COVID-19. Uganda’s electoral commission banned mass gatherings during campaigning, which critics say will disadvantage opposition parties and voters, and may be unconstitutional. Simon Byamukama, chairman of the electoral commission, […]

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4 Countries Win Seats on UN Security Council; 5th Goes to Runoff

Four countries were elected to two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday in the first major vote held at the world body amid the coronavirus pandemic. India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway will join the council on January 1 for the rotating term. But a decision on who will occupy a seat representing Africa […]