Thursday 22 February 2018
(Reuters 08/24/13)
Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat. But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo's son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011. The trip was paid for by entrepreneur Xu Ming, once close to the Bo family and now detained, accused of paying bribes to Bo. The mystery meat was a given by Guagua to his father, according to written testimony at the trial from his wife, Gu Kailai, a transcript of which was published by the court. Gu said she did not remember...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/13)
The Japanese Defense Ministry is mulling to dispatch resident officials tasked with military information gathering to Africa countries in a move to strengthen its intelligence collecting capability in the countries, according to local media. The officials will be sent to seven African countries, namely Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and Brazil in South America from fiscal 2014 to obtain information over terrorism and other security issues, Japan's Kyodo News quoted government officials as saying. The defense ministry will include the costs in its budget request for fiscal 2014, said the report, adding that the ministry also plans to increase the number of such staff in European countries that have influence on Africa countries, such as Britain,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/13)
BAMAKO/KIDAL, Mali | Fri Aug 23, 2013 (Reuters) - The U.N. is being dragged into a mission in Mali likely to involve state-building as much as peacekeeping, as France looks to reduce its military footprint in the vast and poor Sahel state after defeating an Islamist rebellion. The day Mali elected a new president this month, the French general who led the military campaign to push the rebels from its desert north flew back home, his job done. That evening, the United Nations official now responsible for helping to rebuild the West African nation landed at the same airport in Bamako after visiting the cradle of last year's rebellion, his task only just beginning. France's successful seven-month-old campaign to destroy...
(Voice of America 08/23/13)
NOUAKCHOTT/PARIS — Two Islamist groups that broke away from al-Qaida's North African wing and fought in Mali have merged, pledging to attack French interests, according to a statement published on Thursday. The move unites fighters led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the alleged mastermind of an attack on an Algerian gas plant in January, with MUJWA, an Islamist group that was scattered by a French offensive on al-Qaida-linked rebels in Mali this year. The two groups had already jointly claimed responsibility for raids in May that killed dozens at a barracks and damaged a uranium mine operated by France's Areva in Niger. “It is the birth of a group that includes Mujahideen and even Muslims in North Africa from the country of...
(AFP (eng) 08/22/13)
NEW YORK CITY, August 22, 2013 (AFP) - Mali's presidential elections were a "milestone" in restoring peace but a longer term effort is needed to consolidate democracy in the African state, UN special envoy Romano Prodi said Thursday. "The collective focus must now move to embedding democratic institutions, fostering national reconciliation and spearheading development through economic growth and job creation," Prodi said in a statement. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was elected president in an August 11 landslide as Mali emerged from a period of turmoil that resulted in a French military intervention. Prodi, a former Italian prime minister who is special UN envoy to the Sahel, underscored "the regional nature of the challenges and the opportunities, cautioning that the entire fragile...
(Voice of America 08/22/13)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Mali's president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says he will reconcile, reunite and rebuild the country after 18 months of crisis and conflict. Keita doesn't take office for another two weeks, but his to-do list is already long and Malians are eager for results. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita takes office September 4th on a tidal wave of popularity. The one-time prime minister and former president of the National Assembly won the August 11th run-off election with 77 percent of votes. In his first public declaration as president-elect, Keita said he would be the "president of all Malians." "I will be the president of national reconciliation. This reconciliation is necessary to deal with the demands of our people: to rebuild the...
(AFP (eng) 08/22/13)
NOUAKCHOTT, August 22, 2013 (AFP) - An Al Qaeda-linked militia founded by wanted Islamist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar announced on Thursday it had joined forces with another armed group to take revenge against France for its military offensive in Mali. Belmokhtar's Mauritania-based Al-Mulathameen Brigade (The Brigade of the Masked Ones) and the Mali-based Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) said they had joined forces under a single banner to unite Muslims across the region. "Your brothers in MUJAO and Al-Mulathameen announce their union and fusion in one movement called Al-Murabitoun to unify the ranks of Muslims around the same goal, from the Nile to the Atlantic," the groups said in a statement published by Mauritanian news agency ANI...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/13)
BAMAKO | (Reuters) - Mali's president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pledged on Wednesday to choose a cabinet based on competence rather than party affiliation or family ties, a sign he will break a tradition of weak consensus governments. The comments were Keita's first since he won a strong mandate with 78 percent of the vote in an August 11 election that is due to draw a line under a coup last year and a French-backed war against al Qaeda-linked rebels who seized the desert north. Keita pledged reconciliation and peace but, despite securing the support of virtually every other first-round loser in the run-off against Soumaila Cisse, hinted he would form a technocrat-heavy government. "Let me be clear. There is no...
(The New York Times 08/22/13)
DAKAR, Senegal — Mali’s greatest enemy now that it has elected a new president may not be the one that drew the alarmed attention of the West — Muslim extremists and their allies in the north — but an older one that officials, experts and activists say laid the groundwork for the country’s recent implosion. A torn-up campaign poster of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, known as I.B.K., who was elected president in a landslide last week. Corruption and impunity at every level of the state, but especially at the top, destroyed the army, undermined government institutions and persisted unchecked under the former president, whose ouster in a military coup last year created a disarray that the Islamists capitalized on to take...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/13)
BAMAKO, August 21, 2013 (AFP) - Mali's new leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pledged Wednesday to be a "president of national reconciliation" in his first public statement since his landslide election victory. Speaking a day after the constitutional court confirmed his win in the August 11 presidential run-off, he vowed to re-establish the rule of law and rebuild conflict-scarred Mali's shattered public institutions. "I will be the president of national reconciliation. National reconciliation is necessary to face up to the legitimate demands of our people," he told a press conference at his campaign headquarters in the capital Bamako. Keita, 68, a former prime minister, takes office on September 4 and is charged with leading the west African nation out of a...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/13)
US President Barack Obama congratulated Mali's new leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on his election victory and vowed to work with him as the country emerges from months of conflict. "We encourage the candidates and their supporters to accept the results, and to use this election as a foundation for further progress on democracy, national reconciliation, and addressing the security and humanitarian crises in the north," Obama said in a statement Tuesday. "The United States stands with the people and government of Mali as they work to advance peace and stability in Mali and the region." Mali's constitutional court had earlier confirmed Keita's landslide victory in the August 11 presidential run-off. His rival, former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, said during the...
(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...
(Voice of America 08/21/13)
Mali's constitutional court has confirmed the results of the August 11 presidential run-off, clearing the way for Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to become the country's next president. The court said Tuesday that Keita garnered an "absolute majority of votes." Last week, the interior ministry provisionally announced the results of the polling. The ministry said Keita, a former prime minister, captured 77.6 percent of the vote. It said his rival, former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, won slightly more than 22 percent. Keita faces the daunting challenge of rebuilding and reuniting Mali after a 2012 coup that was followed by an Islamist takeover in the north. U.S. President Barack Obama has congratulated Keita for an election that "helped restore Mali's democratic tradition." In...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/20/13)
WASHINGTON | Tue Aug 20, 2013(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday congratulated Mali on holding "peaceful, inclusive and credible" elections earlier this month, a key step toward resuming aid to the war-torn West African nation. The United States suspended aid to Mali in April 2012, following a coup that was prompted by an uprising by Islamists and Tuareg separatists. Mali's constitutional Court on Tuesday confirmed Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali's presidential election with 78 percent of the vote. Keita is expected to be sworn in by Mali's supreme court on September 4. The United States can begin the process of lifting restrictions on aid once the new government is formally in place next month. "Through the interim government's management...
(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...
(UN.org 08/16/13)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the authorities and the people of Mali for the successful conduct of a presidential election whose provisional results show Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the lead. Earlier today, the Government announced the provisional outcome from the 11 August run-off, but the Constitutional Court still needs to confirm the results. Second-place candidate, Soumaïla Cissé, has already conceded the election. Pending the final decision, Mr. Ban today congratulated Mr. Keita on his election as president, according to a statement attributable to his spokesperson. He also acknowledged Mr. Cissé’s acceptance of the outcome and saluted “his commitment to democratic principles.” The elections are seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali. Since early 2012, the...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/13)
Mali announced Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as its new leader on Thursday after confirming that the ex-prime minister had won a landslide victory in a presidential poll intended to give a fresh start to the conflict-scarred nation. Figures for Sunday's second-round ballot released on live television by the interior ministry showed Keita won an overwhelming 77.6 percent of the vote, with his rival Soumaila Cisse trailing on 22.4 percent. Mali's first election since 2007 was seen as crucial for unlocking more than $4 billion (three billion euros) pledged by international donors. Aid to the country had been halted after a separatist uprising led to a 2012 coup and an Islamist insurgency that plunged the country, then seen as one of the...
(Voice of America 08/16/13)
Mali has moved a step closer to making a smooth transition of power following the peaceful and conciliatory concession of losing presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse. The mostly calm presidential run-off in the West African nation stands in stark contrast to the often contentious elections across much of Africa. Even before election officials had formally released results of the presidential race, Soumaila Cisse reached out to apparent winner, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Cisse went to Keita's house in the Malian capital, Bamako, to congratulate him. "President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won this election gracefully. It is my duty to congratulate him," he said. Malian citizens reacted by expressing their gratitude to Cisse for how he handled defeat. Taxi driver Boubacar Diarra said...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/13)
BAMAKO | (Reuters) - Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won Mali's presidential runoff with 78 percent of the vote, the government said on Thursday, giving him a strong mandate to seek peace with northern separatists and for sweeping reforms to the army after a military coup. Sunday's vote marked a transition back to democratic rule after the March 2012 coup plunged Mali into turmoil, allowing Islamist insurgents to seize the desert north. A French-led military intervention in January liberated the region. Former Prime Minister Keita, whose rival Soumaila Cisse had already admitted defeat on Monday, has said his first priority will be to forge a lasting peace in northern Mali with Tuareg separatist rebels.Many in the country's populous south, however, are strongly...

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