Friday 18 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Several thousand opponents of Guinea's President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry on Wednesday against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate. Conde's election win in 2010 ended two years of violent military rule but his opponents say he has cracked down on dissent - some protests have been banned - and fear he might try to change the constitution to seek a third term in 2020. Conde has declined to comment on whether he wants to do so. "We demand respect for the law and more security and justice for our fellow citizens," Conde's main political rival, Cellou Dalein Diallo, told reporters as he rallied demonstrators in Conakry's Cosa neighborhood, an opposition...
(Vision Guinée 08/03/17)
Il les avait rencontrés avant le début de la marche. Cellou Dalein Diallo a tenu à remercier les éléments des forces de l’ordre au terme de la manifestation pacifique de l’opposition qui s’est délourée du rond-point de Cosa à l’esplanade du stade du 28 septembre. Pour avoir encadré la marche sans incident majeur, les gendarmes et policiers ont été félicités par le chef de file de l’opposition. ‘’Je voudrais noter avec satisfaction le comportement de plus en plus républicain des forces de l’ordre’’, a indiqué le leader de l’opposition. ‘’Je les encourage à continuer sur cette voie pour arrêter de tirer sur leurs frères qui exercent un droit constitutionnel’’, a-t-il ajouté, précisant que ce n’est pas la première fois que...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Thousands of opposition activists took to the streets of Guinea's capital on Wednesday to demand local elections be held after a 12-year absence, pressuring President Alpha Conde to set a date. Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo led protesters who brandished signs reading "Alpha Conde, seven years of promises is enough" on a march from a Conakry suburb into the city. Opposition parties were angered when a presidential election was held in 2015, returning Conde to power for a second term, but promised local polls did not go ahead.
(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...
(Le Jour Guinée 07/10/17)
Publiquement, les responsables des partis membres du Front pour l’Alternance Démocratique (FAD), jurent sur le palpitant que la distance qu’ils prennent de l’UFDG n’a rien à voir avec le budget du chef de file de l’opposition. Mais en réalité c’est tout le contraire. C’est ce que nous confie le président du parti rassemblement pour le développement intégré de la Guinée (RDIG). Au sortir de l’émission »Club de l’actu » de notre confrère Aboubacar Daillo d’espace TV, ce samedi, Jean Marc...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Footage of Guinea's President Alpha Conde, 79, berating and mocking students has morphed into a national debate about his conduct, forcing the government to repeat a promise to provide university-goers with tablet computers. Tensions began at a student forum held on June 1, when Conde ranted at a booing section of young attendees, accusing them of throwing a tantrum for jumping up and down while chanting "Tablets! Tablets!" Conde made a "one student, one tablet" campaign promise during a 2015...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
African Union chairman Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he had observed with "sadness" the feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, which he described as "brother countries" of his Muslim-majority country. African nations including Chad, Niger and Senegal have recalled their ambassadors to Doha in recent days, while Mauritania has cut relations entirely. Saudi Arabia finances the building of mosques, schools and development projects...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/12/17)
Guinean President Alpha Conde wrote to Saudi Arabia on Sunday offering to mediate in the crisis between Riyadh, its allies and the tiny nation of Qatar, with which they have cut ties, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters. Conde has had some success in helping to resolve regional crises, especially in persuading Gambia's long-time ruler Yayha Jammeh to go into exile this year after losing an election. "I would like to affirm my readiness, as current...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Vision Guinée 03/03/17)
Le porte-parole de l’opposition déplore la polémique que continue de susciter le point 2 de l’accord du 12 octobre malgré l’adoption du nouveau code électoral. Aboubacar Sylla estime que le débat devrait être clos dès lors que les représentants du peuple se sont prononcés à l’assemblée nationale. ‘’Normalement, ce débat devrait être clos à partir du moment où les représentants du peuple se sont prononcés sur la question en toute légalité. Il faut préciser que ce nouveau code électoral a...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/17)
Guinea's President Alpha Conde fired three ministers, according to a decree read on state television on Monday, following violent protests over a teachers' strike last week in which seven people were killed and dozens more were injured. Ibrahima Kourouma, the minister of pre-university education, and Civil Service Minister Sekou Kourouma were removed along with Environment Minister Christine Sagno, the decree said. Though the decree gave no reason for the dismissals, a senior government official, who asked not to be named, said the sackings of Ibrahima Kourouma and Sekou Kourouma were directly linked to the strike.
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(AFP (eng) 01/31/17)
African presidents who wander into meetings hours late, or don't bother showing up at all, received a slap on the wrists Tuesday from new African Union leader, Guinea's Alpha Conde. Addressing the closing of a two-day summit in Ethiopia, a combative Conde railed against presidential tardiness, slow internet, and the media. "From now on we are going to start on time. If we say 10:00am then we must start at 10:00am," said Conde. "How can we explain that when we...

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