Tuesday 25 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/12/13)
Malians on Monday awaited the outcome of a presidential election run-off they hope will usher in a new dawn of stability following a military coup which upended one of the region's most stable democracies. An electorate of almost seven million had been asked Sunday to choose between former premier Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse to lead Mali's recovery, following last year's coup that ignited an Islamist insurgency and a French-led military intervention. The election, the first since 2007, was crucial for unlocking more than $4 billion in aid promised after international donors halted contributions in the wake of the coup. The European Union's election observation mission was to present a report on turnout and voting conditions on...
(Bloomberg 08/12/13)
Former Malian Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was seen winning a presidential run-off as he pledged to restore state authority after an army coup and French intervention to quash a rebellion in the north. Keita, 68, took almost 40 percent of the vote in the July 28 first-round ballot and will face former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, 63, who got about 20 percent. Keita has won the endorsement of at least 22 of the 25 candidates knocked out of the race. His supporters include Dramane Dembele, who came third with 9.6 percent of the vote and broke ranks with his Adema party, which backs Cisse. About 6.9 million eligible voters in Mali, Africa’s third-largest gold producer, casting ballots yesterday, more...
(Voice of America 08/12/13)
Vote-counting is underway in Mali after a presidential runoff to choose who will lead the country as it seeks to move past 18 months of unrest and political turmoil. Voters cast their ballots on Sunday, and Mali's Ministry of Territorial Administration says it will announce full provisional results on Wednesday. The election put former Malian prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita against former finance minister Soumalia Cisse after neither candidate earned enough votes in the first round of balloting last month. Keita won almost 40 percent of the July 28 vote, while Cisse earned about 20 percent. The head of the European Union election monitoring team in Mali, Louis Michel, said Sunday's vote "went well" and that his observers did not...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
KIDAL, Mali | (Reuters) - In the birthplace of a Tuareg revolt that nearly tore Mali apart last year, residents said Sunday's election would not bring lasting peace unless a new president in the distant south gave them more freedom. The desert region of Kidal in Mali's desolate northeast has produced four rebellions since independence from France in 1960. Its light-skinned Tuareg people say successive black African governments in the capital Bamako have excluded them from power. "The way the Malian state treated our people, before it was chased out of here last year, we cannot allow that to happen again," the elderly Tuareg clan chief Intallah ag Attaher, shrouded in traditional blue robes, told U.N. Special Representative Bert Koenders...
(CNN 08/12/13)
(CNN) -- Malians headed to the polls Sunday to vote for a president after a coup last year plunged the nation into chaos and left the north in the hands of Islamists. Heavy rain fell in the morning, potentially lowering turnout. Early results could come in as early as Sunday night, though final results are not expected for days. The contest is between veteran politician and former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who got nearly 40% of votes in the first round, and former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, who garnered close to 20% of the vote. Keita ran for office in 2002 and 2007. He lost both times, most recently to Amadou Toumani Toure. Toure was ousted by a faction...
(Voice of America 08/12/13)
BAMAKO — Vote counting is underway in Mali following Sunday's presidential run-off election, meant to be a turning point from more than 18 months of conflict and political crisis. Election agents in polling stations around Bamako counted ballots as night fell Sunday. Dozens of young men waited anxiously outside their polling station at the Nelson Mandela school in Commune 2 to be the first to hear the results. One of them, Yacouba Konate, said "we need to be the eyes and ears of our candidate. Mali needs change. This country belongs to us, the young people, and it was up to us to show it, to motivate people to come out and vote." Voting went off largely without incident around...
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...
(Reuters 08/11/13)
(Reuters) - Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Italian coastguard. The 18-metre-long boat carrying some 120 migrants ran aground at dawn some 40 meters (132 feet) from a beach near the city of Catania, its coastguard captain Roberto D'Arrigo said. While most of the passengers reached the shore, the six who drowned were apparently unable to swim. The 120 migrants were mainly from Syria and Egypt, D'Arrigo told Sky Italia television, with an adolescent boy among the victims, who were all under age 30. Egypt has suffered prolonged political and economic turmoil. Syria is shattered by civil war. D'Arrigo said he...
(Reuters 08/10/13)
(Reuters) - Mali's presidential front-runner wrapped up his campaign on Friday with a promise to restore peace to the West African country scarred by a coup and an Islamist uprising that triggered French military intervention. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, a former prime minister with a reputation for toughness, won last month's first-round ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote. He faces ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in Sunday's runoff. Drawing wide support with a pledge to impose order after a March 2012 military coup plunged Mali into chaos, Keita has secured the endorsement of 22 of the 25 losing first-round candidates. Cisse, 63, the head of the West African monetary union (UEMOA), took just 19 percent of the first-round vote...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Nelson Mandela, who has been lying critically ill in hospital for just over two months, is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon". "Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Everyday you know, he becomes more alert, more responsive, and so on," Zindzi Mandela told South Africa public television SABC. "Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough. "People must stop saying to the family let go, let go, we are just looking at this man who is...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
BAMAKO | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Mali holds the second-round of its presidential election on Sunday after more than a year of turmoil including a coup and a French-led military intervention to free the north from al Qaeda-allied Islamist rebels. Universally known as IBK, Keita won the first round with nearly 40 percent of the vote. He is the political heavyweight in the race, having served as foreign minister, head of the National Assembly and prime minister. IBK has campaigned on pledges to restore Mali's honor. Having stood up to strikes and student protests when he was prime minister, he has a reputation for firmness that many Malians believe is needed to restore the rule of law across...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
BAMAKO | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - The frontrunner in Mali's presidential election wound up his campaign on Friday with a promise to restore peace and dignity to the West African country scarred by a coup and Islamist uprising last year. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for toughness, won last month's ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote - but fell short of a majority. He will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff on Sunday. Drawing wide support for a pledge to impose order after a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos, Keita has been endorsed by over 20 of the 27 first-round candidates. Cisse, who took 19 percent in...
(Voice of America 08/09/13)
August 09, 2013.Two political heavyweights in Mali are making a final push to woo voters, ahead of Sunday's presidential run-off. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is facing former finance minister Soumaila Cisse in an election that could mark a turning point for Mali, following an 18-month political crisis. Friday is the candidates' only real day of campaigning because of delays in confirming results from the first round of polling on July 28 and the Muslim holiday, Eid. Both men are expected to spend the day visiting voters across Mali. Keita received the most votes in the first round, which included 27 candidates, but fell short of an outright majority. Keita and Cisse served together in government in the 1990's,...
(Voice of America 08/09/13)
BAMAKO — Malians head to the polls Sunday for a presidential run-off election that many hope will be the turning point in an 18-month crisis that has included a military coup, a takeover of the north by armed groups and a French-led military offensive against those groups this year. Twenty seven presidential candidates were in the first round July 28, but just two are headed to the run-off. The past week has seen political alliances made and broken. Two candidates are on the ballot: former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a National Assembly deputy from Bamako, and Soumaila Cisse, a technocrat from Timbuktu. The men once belonged to the same political party. They served in government together in the 1990s,...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
BAMAKO | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - The frontrunner in Mali's presidential election wound up his campaign on Friday with a promise to restore peace and dignity to the West African country scarred by a coup and Islamist uprising last year. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for toughness, won last month's ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote - but fell short of a majority. He will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff on Sunday. Drawing wide support for a pledge to impose order after a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos, Keita has been endorsed by over 20 of the 27 first-round candidates. Cisse, who took 19 percent in...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
LONDON | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) has appointed Alasdair Warren as head of its financial sponsors group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), according to a memo seen by Reuters. Financial sponsors, the term investment banks use to describe private equity firms, are regular users of equity capital markets for selling shares in their portfolio companies. London-based Warren, who joined Goldman in 2005 and was named a partner in 2008, was previously head of equity capital markets (ECM), convertibles and equity derivatives for EMEA. Richard Cormack and Christoph Stanger will jointly take on that role, becoming co-heads of ECM and convertibles in EMEA, the memo said. A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs confirmed the contents...
(AFP 08/08/13)
CAPE TOWN, August 8, 2013 (AFP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended Thursday for "aggressively following" other users, just hours after it was launched. The ex-archbishop's @TutuLegacy account racked up hundreds of followers in its first hours of use, before being black listed. "Twitter says it's 'sorry for the inconvenience' over our suspension. We got caught up in a spam clean up. Glad it wasn't something we said," Tutu tweeted soon after he was unblocked. His foundation had earlier expressed dismay at the decision. "Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as 'aggressive following'," his foundation said in a statement. The foundation suggested "the number of people who followed...
(AFP 08/07/13)
PRETORIA, August 7, 2013 (AFP) - South African church leaders on Wednesday led prayers in front of the hospital where critically ill former South African president Nelson Mandela is soon to mark two months in care. Archbishop Joe Seoka used the eve of the sorrow-tinged anniversary to urge South Africans to rally together. "God is using Madiba, and his extended illness, to present to us a great challenge to unite behind the values that he represents," the Pretoria archbishop said, using Mandela's clan name. Mandela was rushed to the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on June 8 with a recurring lung infection. On Wednesday the South African presidency reported his condition was still "critical but stable". The last two months have...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/07/13)
With its abundance of natural resources and large and growing population , Africa is the next frontier for many global companies. However, while investors are keen to get, there's often a wariness on the part of Africans. The BBC's Vineet Khare travelled to Ethiopia to find out about what can be a tricky relationship and how things are not always so rosy. Watch the video...

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