Thursday 19 October 2017
( 08/23/13)
Dans le cadre de la résolution de la crise qui perdure dans le pays, six signataires de la Feuille de route exhortent la SADC avec l’appui de la communauté internationale à rendre effective la mise en œuvre de la Feuille de route dans les plus brefs délais. Il s’agit de l’Arema, Les AS, Escopol, HPM, MDM et l’Uamad. Le communiqué fait état également que « nous encourageons les trois mouvances à adopter une démarche positive et à parapher la Feuille de route. Nous exhortons de même toutes les entités ayant déjà paraphé la feuille de route y compris l’UDR-C et le TGV à appliquer et faire appliquer stricto sensu dans les meilleurs délais l’intégralité des dispositions de la Feuille de...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/13)
ANTANANARIVO | (Reuters) - Madagascar pushed back the date of its presidential elections for the third time on Thursday, to October 25, as the Indian Ocean island struggles to end years of political crisis. The former French colony has been in chaos since Andry Rajoelina seized power with military support in 2009, ousting former President Marc Ravalomanana after opposition protests. Its tourism industry has suffered badly from the turmoil, and foreign companies have been wary of committing to investment in its oil, gold, chrome and nickel reserves. Rajoelina and Ravalomanana reached a deal with regional states in January to restore order, based on the condition neither of them would stand in the election, initially planned for May. However, Ravalomanana's wife...
(24 Tanzania 08/22/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 22, 2013 – The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the publication, today, by the Malagasy Special Electoral Court (CES), of the final list of candidates for the presidential election that would mark the restoration of constitutional order and the conclusion of the process to end the crisis.Taking place against the background of the CES decisions of 14 and 17 August 2013 concerning, respectively, the voluntary withdrawal of a candidate from the election and the removal from the list of candidates of other personalities who do not meet the conditions stipulated by the relevant Malagasy texts and the demands of Madagascar international partners, the publication of the final list...
(AFP (eng) 08/22/13)
ANTANANARIVO, August 22, 2013 (AFP) - Madagascar will hold a much-delayed presidential election on October 25, organisers said Thursday, in a vote designed to end a deep political crisis prompted by a coup four years ago. Parliamentary elections will follow on December 20, along with a second presidential round if the October vote does not deliver an outright winner, the electoral commission said. The new dates follow two earlier postponements amid a lack of funding and controversy over the candidacies of three top contenders. An electoral court on Saturday dropped the names of strongman Andry Rajoelina, the wife of his exiled rival Marc Ravalomanana, and a former president after the three refused to withdraw from the presidential race. Former disc...
(Voice of America 08/21/13)
HARARE — Southern African leaders are calling for the West to lift all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe after endorsing President Robert Mugabe's victory in disputed elections last month.At the July gathering of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Malawi President Joyce Banda, who chairs SADC, said Zimbabweans had "suffered enough."The call comes before Mugabe has been sworn in, extending his 33-year-long rule for another five years.Mugabe's spokesman on Monday said the 89-year-old leader would take the oath of office on Thursday if the country’s Constitutional Court clears him. The country's electoral commission declared Mugabe the winner, defeating Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai 61 to 34 percent in the hotly-disputed election July 31. Just last week, Tsvangirai withdrew his election challenge, arguing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold pinned its turnaround hopes on a new chief executive on Wednesday, appointing industry veteran Bradley A Gordon to replace Greg Hawkins at the helm of the struggling group. The FTSE 250 company, whose poor performance meant it was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, said Gordon's appointment would be effective immediately. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Analysts welcomed the change, and said Gordon's his lack of African experience was balanced by his ability to manage difficult operations. "The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 21, 2013 (Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold on Wednesday named industry veteran Bradley A Gordon as its new chief executive, succeeding Greg Hawkins who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. African Barrick was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, hit by illegal mining, power generation problems and strikes, issues which forced it to warn in February that output would shrink for a fifth straight year. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. African Barrick initiated a review of its operations earlier this...
(Dw-World 08/20/13)
Madagascar is in a deep crisis. Since 2009 the island state has been ruled by a controversial interim president. A court ruling has now opened the way for long overdue elections. The people of the Indian Ocean island state of Madagascar should have gone to the polls back in 2009, the year in which their country's ongoing political crisis escalated. The government of President Marc Ravolamanana had become an object of hatred for many because of widespread bribery and corruption. There were violent demonstrations and, backed by the army, Andry Rajoelina ousted the unpopular ruler and declared himself the new interim president. The former mayor of the capital Antananarivo promised swift elections – but that promise has yet to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/13)
ANTANANARIVO | (Reuters) - Supporters of the wife of Madagascar's deposed leader said they would take to the streets to protest against an "illegal" court ruling barring her from running in elections, threatening to bring more turmoil to the island nation. The electoral court on Saturday also banned incumbent President Andry Rajoelina from standing in the August poll - a ruling widely welcomed by Western and regional powers who say the country needs a fresh start with new candidates. The former French colony has been in chaos since Rajoelina seized power with military support in 2009, ousting former President Marc Ravalomanana and scaring off investors and tourists. Rajoelina and Ravalomanana had reached a deal with regional states to restore order,...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
African immigrants warned Monday of a rise in racist attacks in Morocco, as hundreds gathered outside a morgue holding the body of a Senegalese man who was murdered last week. Some 250 people, mostly Senegalese immigrants, gathered outside the morgue in Rabat, where the man's remains were taken after he was stabbed to death on a bus in the Moroccan capital last Monday. Anna Bynes, a Senegalese student at Rabat university, said the attack was the latest in a string of racist violence targeting sub-Saharan Africans. "It is the last straw... The other day it was a Congolese man killed on a bus in Tangiers. Then a Gabonese woman was raped. Today a Senegalese has been killed." The police on...
(Press Tv 08/19/13)
In addition, the SADC appointed the octogenarian Zimbabwean leader the deputy chairman of the group and voted that Zimbabwe will host the next SADC summit in July 2014." Southern African leaders have called on the West to lift all forms of sanctions leveled against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, individuals and firms. The leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) made the demand on Sunday in the Malawian capital Lilongwe during the final day of annual SADC summit. The leaders of the 15-nation bloc called for "the lifting of all forms of sanctions hitherto imposed on Zimbabwe". "I believe Zimbabwe deserves better, Zimbabweans have suffered enough," said Malawian President Joyce Banda, the new head of the SADC. The SADC also...
(The Herald Online 08/19/13)
Zimbabwe scored a major diplomatic victory yesterday after President Mugabe was elected Sadc deputy chairperson, deputising Malawian President Mrs Joyce Banda who chairs the regional bloc. This is contained in a communiqué released after the Sadc 33rd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government Summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, yesterday. "The Summit elected Her Excellence Joyce Banda (the President) of the Republic of Malawi and His Excellence Robert Gabriel Mugabe President of the Republic of Zimbabwe as chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of Sadc respectively," reads part of the communiqué. This is a major diplomatic victory for a country that has been the subject of discussion for Sadc for almost a decade to immediately assume such a task barely two weeks...
(Voice of America 08/19/13)
Madagascar's electoral court has disqualified incumbent President Andry Rajoelina and two other high-profile candidates from standing in a presidential election scheduled for Friday. In a ruling announced Sunday, the Madagascar court said Rajoelina's submission of candidacy papers in May came too late for the election. Rajoelina has served as leader of the impoverished island nation since 2009, when he ousted president Marc Ravalomanana in a military-backed coup. The court also blocked the presidential candidacies of Ravalomanana's wife Lalao and former president Didier Ratsiraka. It said the two candidates had not lived in Madagascar for the required six month period before their nominations. Lalao Ravalomanana returned to her country in April to compete in the election, ending a self-imposed exile in...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
ANTANANARIVO | (Reuters) - Madagascar's electoral court has barred the incumbent president, Andry Rajoelina, and the wife of a long-standing rival from standing in the next presidential election, the court said. The decision by Rajoelina and Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of the Indian Ocean island's previous leader, unseated by Rajoelina in a 2009 coup, to stand in the election led to donors suspending financing for the poll. As a result, the vote has been delayed by a month to August 23, and analysts say there are now doubts whether it will happen at all. The court also struck former president Didier Ratsiraka from the list of candidates. It cited "an anomaly in the application of the law" but gave no further...
(Times of swaziland 08/14/13)
MBABANE – As talks regarding the extension of AGOA post 2015 kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s Capital City Addis Ababa, Swaziland and other 49 African countries will be very lucky to see the legislation extended with the same existing terms and conditions, International Business Times has reported. Swaziland is one of the 49 AGOA beneficiaries. AGOA stands for Africa Growth Opportunity Act. AGOA was signed into law in 2000; it offers incentives mostly in the form of duty-free trade access to 49 eligible sub-Saharan economies to liberalise their markets and build connections with American trade partners. The agreement expires in 2015, and US and African officials would be setting fresh terms for its renewal. According to International Business Times,...
(Reuters 08/14/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 14, 2013 (Reuters) - Iron ore mining group African Minerals (AMIq.L) surprised the market on Wednesday with the abrupt departure of both chief executive and chief financial officer and said it was scrapping expansion plans to focus on existing operations. Its shares fell almost 15 percent despite what some analysts said could prove a positive as the company concentrates on its Sierra Leone mine, Tonkolili. "From the onset it was clear that (Chief Executive Keith)Calder's broader ambition was to grow African Minerals into a diversified miner across West Africa in the near term," Jefferies analysts said in a note. "Perhaps our greatest concern for African Minerals in recent months was that the company would move too...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — The first Pan African Conference on Interreligious Freedoms has ended in Cameroon with participants from 80 countries from Africa and beyond. Participants pledged to work together for the service of peace in the name of God. Conference participants say development across Africa has been greatly slowed by interreligious conflicts. The case of Nigeria was cited as one of the worst, with tens of thousands of lives lost in fighting between Muslim and Christian communities, and thousands more killed by the Islamist militant-sect Boko Haram. South African-based Malawian cleric Hopeson Bonye says nothing good has come out of Boko Haram, saying it is just fighting everyone, and is extending its tentacles to neighboring countries. "It is wrong, and...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
NAIROBI — The United States is keeping a close watch on potential European trade deals with African nations as Washington reviews its own preferential trade initiative with the continent. African ministers and U.S. officials discussed trade relations at a forum Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The U.S. is considering an extension to the popular African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, an American law that allows sub-Saharan African countries to export certain products to the United States duty free. First signed into law in 2000, the act has already been renewed once, and is set to expire in 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been meeting with African ministers at an AGOA forum in Addis Ababa...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NAIROBI | Aug 12 (Reuters) - TPS Eastern Africa, the operator of the Serena chain of hotels and luxury lodges, said it expects "satisfactory results" this year after bookings picked up following a peaceful election in Kenya in March. The company on Monday posted a 20.56 percent jump in pretax profit for the first six months to 205.1 million shillings ($2.34 million). Its earnings have been curbed in recent years by political anxiety and insecurity due to neighbouring Somalia. Foreigners stayed away from Kenya before and after the polls, fearing violence after the previous presidential election ended in a dispute and a bloody post-election crisis. "The business outlook for the peak season (July-October) is at healthy levels... the company will...
(CNN 08/12/13)
(CNN) -- Prince Harry has arrived in the southern African nation of Angola to visit mine clearance projects run by the same charity backed by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana visited Angola in support of the Halo Trust in 1997, not long before her death in a car crash in Paris. Images of her wearing protective gear as she witnessed mine-clearing efforts in the towns of Huambo and Kuito helped draw the world's attention to the suffering caused by landmines. Her son's private visit to Angola comes three years after he traveled to Mozambique to see Halo's work there. "Prince Harry is visiting a number of demining teams across the region and will be touring minefields and meeting...

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