Monday 23 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Libya’s rival leader Khalifa Haftar has met with Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso in Brazzaville where he expressed faith in the African Union to solve Libya’s crisis. He visited the Central African country on Saturday, a week after the 4th African Union high level committee meeting on Libya chaired by Sassou Nguesso. “The AU has conducted mediations which I consider a duty to help the Libyan people, unlike other mediations by Western countries who intervene only for their own interest and not the interest of our country,” Haftar told the media after the meeting. “Although there is the international community that is helping us, the problems of Africans can only be solved by the Africans themselves, who are better acquainted...
(AfricaNews 09/13/17)
President Sassou Nguesso is set for dialogue with the Ninja rebel group to end the Pool region crisis. This comes just as the UN vowed to investigate the atrocities in the region. Chief of congo’s parliament, Isidore Mvouba gave the hint about dialogue in a closing speech after setting up the governing bodies and the legal framework of the National Assembly. According to him, President N’Guesso had acceded to the desire to establish in the immediate future dialogue on the...
(APA 09/12/17)
The President of Guinea Bissau José Mario Vaz on Monday started a 48-hour working visit to Brazzaville, with a one-on-one meeting with his host, President Denis-Sassou N'Gesso, a source close to the Congolese presidency said Tuesday. During their talks, “the two leaders talked about a number of problems, including the situation in Guinea-Bissau characterized by institutional instability, bilateral relations between Congo and Guinea-Bissau, and current affairs on the African continent,” the source said. President José Mario Vaz will also award his host with the highest honor of Guinea-Bissau named “Amilcar Cabral,” hero of the fight for independence. The ceremony will take place at Brazzaville State House.
(AfricaNews 09/11/17)
President Jacob Zuma on Sunday welcomed progress made in discussions in the Republic of Congo towards the resolution of the conflict in Libya. Zuma was in Brazzaville to attend the 4th meeting of the African Union (AU) high level panel on Libya chaired by President Denis Sassou-N'Guesso of the Republic of Congo, the presidency said in a statement. The meeting had considered reports by the United Nations special representative, the League of the Arab States (LAS), the European Union (EU), and AU representative, former Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
(APA 09/08/17)
A summit on the Libyan crisis opens Saturday in Brazzaville under the aegis of Congolese President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, in his capacity as chairman of the African Union High-Level Committee on Libya, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The Head of the national unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj; Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of Libya, and Anguila Sala Issa, president of the Libyan parliament, will take part in the meeting which aim is to restore peace in this country plunged...
(APA 09/07/17)
APA-Brazzaville (Congo) - Ahead of the 4th AU High-Level Committee Summit to be held on 9 September in Congo Brazzaville, president Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) late Thursday arrived in Brazzaville for a day’s working visit, APA can report. Kabila's meeting with his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, will focus on the political situation in the two Congos and current affairs in Africa and the world. There will be a final communiqué at the end...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/17)
Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso reappointed Clement Mouamba as prime minister on Monday, four days after Mouamba and his cabinet resigned, the president's office said in a statement. Mouamba, who resigned last week, is now charged with forming a new government, the statement said. Last week's resignations came after Sassou Nguesso said he wanted a new government to help alleviate economic woes caused by a steep drop in oil prices since 2014. Public debt has shot higher, raising questions...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Congo Republic's Prime Minister Clement Mouamba and his cabinet have resigned amid a growing economic crisis, the president's office said in a statement on Thursday. The announcement comes days after President Denis Sassou Nguesso said he wanted to form a new government to help alleviate the country's economic problems which have been exacerbated by a steep drop in oil prices since 2014. Export revenues have dropped and public debt has shot higher, raising questions about the country's...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
The first round of legislative and local area elections held in the Republic of Congo ‘went well’ according to the head of the country’s electoral body. ‘‘On the whole, Congolese exercised their civic duty in the polls,’‘ Henri Bouka, head of the Independent National Elections Commission is quoted to have said. He did not give any further details of voter turn out or preliminary results. He was also silent on when the second and final round will be held. The...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/17)
Voters went to the polls in legislative elections in the oil-rich Republic of Congo on Sunday, the first since a violence-marred presidential poll last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power. The first round of polling to elect National Assembly members as well as local councils went ahead despite the opposition calling foul, accusing the ruling Congolese Labour Party (PCT) of giving its candidates an unfair advantage. Electoral officials said voting passed off calmly although some polling stations opened...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/17)
The leaders of the oil-rich African nations of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo will sue Transparency International over a case in France involving allegedly ill-gotten properties worth hundreds of millions, President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea has said. French human rights lawyer William Bourdon instigated the investigation in 2007 by making a formal complaint on behalf of the pressure group Transparency International France (TIF). Obiang's son, Vice President Teodorin Obiang, is currently on trial in absentia in France for embezzlement...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(RFI(EN) 06/30/17)
Investigators have widened a corruption probe into the French assets of three African ruling families, charging the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, and her 53-year-old husband Guy Johnson were placed under investigation this week for "money laundering and misuse of public funds", the sources said. Investigators are trying to determine how the couple in 2006 were able to purchase a mansion valued at 3 million euros in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine...
(AFP (eng) 06/26/17)
Investigators have widened a corruption probe into the French assets of three African ruling families, charging the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday. Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, and her 53-year-old husband Guy Johnson were placed under investigation this week for "money laundering and misuse of public funds", the sources said. Investigators are trying to determine how the couple in 2006 were able to purchase a mansion valued at 3 million euros...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
The United Nations said on Wednesday that Congo Republic will withdraw its troops from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic after a review sparked by sexual abuse accusations found "systemic problems in command and control." The country has some 630 troops on the ground in Central African Republic, according to the latest U.N. figures. A U.N. database of sexual abuse and exploitation accusations showed three reported incidents involving Congo Republic troops in Central African Republic this year. Nine...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said he was in talks with authorities in Congo Republic on the fate of its troops who are facing accusations of misconduct while serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. UN officials told AFP that the 629 troops serving in the MINUSCA force will be withdrawn as a result of the allegations of sex abuse, corruption and poor discipline. Guterres was to announce the withdrawal during a press conference on Tuesday, but discussions were continuing with the government in Brazzaville, delaying the announcement. The UN chief said he was engaged in "necessary contact with the authorities of the country before a public announcement of the measure."
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...

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