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South Africa: Presidential Message

South Africa: Presidential Message

AFRICA, African Union, DEMOCRACY, FAMILY, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African,In two days’ time we commemorate the fateful events of June 16th 1976, when brave young men and women in Soweto and other parts of the country rose up against the iniquity of Bantu Education.On that day and in the days that followed, many lost their lives. They were killed by a callous regime that had little regard for black lives and thought nothing of opening fire on unarmed, uniformed schoolchildren. These events hardened international opinion against the apartheid regime and gave further impetus to the liberation struggle.Young people have always been at the forefront of social protest, from the anti-authoritarian protests in Latin America in the late 1950s to the May 68 movement in France, to the protests across many parts of Africa in the late 1960s.History...
Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

AFRICA, ALGERIA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, GOVERNMENT, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, SUB SAHARA REGION
Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a tense election. It's the first legislative polls since former long time President Bouteflika was forced from office in 2019. His replacement President Tebboune says the vote is to tackle corruption and build a "new Algeria". Some 24 million Algerians are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the National People's Assembly for a five-year term. Voters will have more than 13,000 candidates to choose from- more than half of them listed as an independent. This is the first time that such a large number of independents have come forward to face contenders endorsed by parties largely discredited and held responsible for the crisis in the country. These newcomers, with a vague affiliation, could establish themselves as a new forc...
DR Congo: Vote on Electoral Commission reform for political stability?

DR Congo: Vote on Electoral Commission reform for political stability?

AFRICA, African Union, CONGO, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS
In the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, a reform of the electoral commission was voted on by the National Assembly. The move is an attempt to ensure the transparency of the next 2023 elections and the political stability of the African nation. The text, adopted by 336 of the 337 deputies present out of the 500 total, will now be examined by the Senate and provides for an electoral commission of 15 members. Respectively, five representatives of civil society, from the majority and the opposition -- which remains unconvinced --- with some politicians alleging a move by President Felix Tshisekedi to legally tailor the commission for electoral fraud. The opposition Martin Fayulu denounced on Twitter "the forcing initiated by Mr Tshisekedi for the parliament to unilatera...
Mali: Junta leader Assimi Goita to take oath as president

Mali: Junta leader Assimi Goita to take oath as president

AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, DIPLOMACY, MALI, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, West Africa
The head of Mali's junta is expected to be sworn in on Monday as the west African country new President. Last week, Colonel Assimi Goita declared himself President, days after removing transitional leader Bah Ndaw from power. He accused Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane of appointing a new cabinet without consulting him It was the second seizure of power masterminded by Goita in under a year. Last August, he lead a group of young soldiers who moved against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, capitalizing on weeks of street protests and frustration among frontline troops. Mali has since been suspended by the African Union and regional bloc ECOWAS. France has also halted its military campaign helping the Sahel country fight militant insurgents. The new coup threat...
Africa’s political dynasties: How presidents groom their sons for power

Africa’s political dynasties: How presidents groom their sons for power

AFRICA, African Union, DEMOCRACY, DIPLOMACY, ELECTIONS, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso (left) now works with his son Denis-Christel in cabinet Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso has appointed his son Denis-Christel as a cabinet minister - a move that has revived media speculation that he has a dynastic succession in mind. Not that such a transition looks imminent. Elected to a further term in March, after ruling the country for all but five of the past 41 years, there's no sign of the 77-year old head of state losing his appetite for wielding power himself. Yet if Denis-Christel does eventually step into his father's shoes, this will confirm Congo-Brazzaville's alignment with an increasingly prevalent pattern in Central Africa. In neighbouring Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba is the son of Omar ...
East German political winds ruffle feathers in Berlin

East German political winds ruffle feathers in Berlin

DEMOCRACY, EUROPE, European Council, EUROPEAN UNION, GERMAN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany - Panorama Christian Democrats risk losing centrist votes in September’s Bundestag election if they move further right “The future’s in the air, can feel it everywhere, blowing with the wind of change,” the west German rock band Scorpions roared in 1991, clad in tight black leather from head to toe. Their ballad was a global hit the year after German unification, coming just in time for the demise of the Soviet Union. It came to epitomise the end of the cold war, and the hope that democratic revolutions would ripple around the world. Three decades later, German politicians have learnt to be jumpy about winds of change, especially when they blow from the five Länder that once made up communist East Germany. So the fact that the small state of Saxo...
Black women using increasing political power to target US Senate seats, state governorships

Black women using increasing political power to target US Senate seats, state governorships

DEMOCRACY, DIPLOMACY, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA, WOMEN
Jennifer McClellan remembers her parents’ recounting life as Black Southerners enduring segregation and the trauma and triumph of the civil rights movement. It showed her that government can be “a powerful force for improving people’s lives” but also one “that oppresses some, ignores others.” A generation later, despite her interest in public office, there was no obvious pathway for someone like her. “There weren’t a lot of role models ... examples of Black women” in power, said McClellan in an interview. Now, she’s a 48-year-old state senator running for governor herself: “We’re in a very different Virginia.” McClellan’s candidacy alongside fellow Democratic primary candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy demonstrates the rising political power of Black women, long a foundation of...
Falana warns “Nigeria Will Know No Peace Unless…”

Falana warns “Nigeria Will Know No Peace Unless…”

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, DEMOCRACY, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, POLITICS, West Africa, WORLD
.Says country on the verge of collapse .2023 polls threatened .Gives panacea for stopping secession agitations .As Olanipekun advocates true federalism, judicial reform By Olasunkanmi Akoni The human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has expressed fear and worry over the level of impunity in Nigeria, saying peace will continue to elude the country without a proper people’s oriented constitution. Also, former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun, SAN, has advocated true federalism, immediate reform in judicial system, among others. The duo made the remarks on Thursday, at the final sitting of the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution, South West, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Zonal Public Hearing, Lagos Center, held in Ikeja, under t...