| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(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 at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming...
(The New York Times 03/06/17)
Bernice Freeman was chatting with some market women, trying to explain why it was so important that they leave their food stalls to vote for the first woman to be elected president of an African country, when she noticed some boys laughing nearby, waving something white. It was October 2005, the first presidential election after 15 years of a hideous civil war in Liberia. On the ballot was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated global technocrat with so much government experience it practically oozed from her pores, and a group of men, most notably the professional soccer player George Weah. Like many of the 1.5 million women in Liberia who had survived the civil war, Ms. Freeman had personally witnessed acts...
(Front Page Africa Online 02/27/17)
Political veteran and former Advisor to the late President Samuel K. Doe, Bai M. Gbala, Sr. has decided to join forces with Vice President Joseph Boakai to ensure that he is elected President in October. Mr. Gbala in a statement over the weekend noted that Liberia is anxiously engaged to elect honest, loyal, patriotic and competent citizen as President who will lead the country. He cited professionalism in macroeconomic policies, financial management, control and reporting, structural separation of national planning/economic...
(Front Page Africa Online 02/21/17)
The Republic of Liberia has assumed the chairmanship of the Group of African States at the United Nations for the month of February, 2017. Liberia now chairs ECOWAS and the African Group at the United Nations. According to a dispatch from New York, this implies that Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Lewis Brown, II, assumes that role for the month. The turning over from the Republic of Burundi was conducted last Friday, February 17, at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations in New York.
(Front Page Africa Online 02/21/17)
Dr. Jones said he sees no reason why people will see it as criticism when the reality speaks true to itself. “It is not a criticism when people say the government has failed, it is the reality,” he said." “The people are living in poverty and the government has not done much to take the people out of poverty, it is time for change and the change has come, MOVEE is the change that Liberians have been looking for.” Speaking...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has barred all official visits abroad for two months, following protests over soaring prices as the local currency depreciates, the information minister said Tuesday. "Except in case of emergency, no official will be allowed to travel," the minister, Eugene Nagbe, told AFP. "Exceptions will only be granted by the president herself," Nagbe said, adding that official visits abroad would remain suspended for 60 days. The decision came a week after business owners and civil society...
(Liberian Observer 02/06/17)
The Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah, has expressed frustration with news that several of the cameras that are being used in the ongoing voter registration (VR) exercise are defective. "We are not saying that the problems the cameras have developed came from UNDP, our partner who donated them to us, but these are technical problems we did not expect to have come up, most especially at the beginning of this VR process," Cllr. Korkoyah noted...
(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...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
The 15-nation ECOWAS West African bloc will ask the UN Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to the Gambia if its longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down, a UN envoy said Friday. Mohamed Ibn Chambas said a delegation of ECOWAS leaders to Banjul were to make clear to Jammeh that they were prepared to use force to ensure a handover of power to president-elect Adama Barrow. "They plan to leave no doubt about the determination of...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(APA 12/28/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to her Russian counterpart, Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, following the death of at least ninety-two persons, who were on board a Russian military aircraft that crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day. According to a Foreign Ministry release issued here Tuesday, President Sirleaf, in her message to Mr. Putin, expressed deep sorrow for the tragic event, which occurred on Sunday, December 25, 2016. On board...
(APA 12/23/16)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday granted Executive Clemency to 34 inmates in prisons around the country including the Monrovia Central Prison as part of her Pre-Christmas and New Year activities. Traditionally, the Liberian leader uses her discretion to grant Executive Clemency prison inmates during the Christmas. "Go in peace, stay on the right path and be law-abiding citizens and keep strong during this festive season. I urge you never again to get involved with what led you to prison," President Sirleaf told the freed inmates. According to an Executive release, the Liberian leader granted Executive Clemency to some thirty four (34) inmates from prisons
(APA 12/22/16)
The heads of United Nations missions in West Africa have called on the government of Liberia, the National Elections Commission (NEC), political parties, civil society and the citizens to exert all efforts to ensure peaceful elections in 2017. Speaking on behalf of the mission heads at a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, the UN Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, urged Liberians to conduct themselves properly to ensure a credible, transparent and...
(APA 12/22/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday received in audience the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas in Monrovia. According to an Executive Mansion press release, the meeting was in furtherance of the just ended 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Abuja, Nigeria with a view to finding a resolution to the political stalemate in the Gambia,...

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