Saturday 19 August 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday conveyed his condolences to victims of floods in Sierra Leone. Sirisena said "as a country which suffered from a similar devastation recently, I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of the flood in Sierra Leone." Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead and at least 600 missing following a devastating mudslide and floods in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. The Western African country has pleaded for "urgent support," saying entire communities had been wiped out.
(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 the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(APA 07/21/17)
One of Sierra Leone’s leading presidential aspirants, Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, has dismissed a list circulating on social media and purported to contain names of his proposed choice of cabinet members. The list was also published by the daily Independent Observe Newspaper under the title: "Maada Bio's 2018 Cabinet Leaked". Bio, a former military head of state, who lost to President Ernest Bai Koroma during the 2012 elections, is seeking to run again next year. But his candidature has...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday ratified a $30 million Financing Agreement meant to improve and strengthen the country’s economy in the context of the twin-shocks of Ebola and the drop in the prices of iron ore, its major export. The ‘Productivity and Transparency Support Credit’ from the International Development Association is inclusive of $22 Million Grant and $8 Million Loan, repayable within the next 32 years with 6 years grace period, the parliament said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement was presented before lawmakers by a representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development who said it was meant to unlock inclusive growth and scaling up...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) of Sierra Leone has certified five new political parties ahead of next year's general elections. The PPRC in a statement on Wednesday said it has handed over provisional registration as political parties to the National Democratic Movement for Development (NDMD), Peoples Democratic League (PDL), Republican National Independent (ReNIP), the Unity Movement (UM) and the National Grand Coalition Movement (NGCM). The five are part of 13 movements which were recently given approval to serve as...
(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...
(APA 06/21/17)
Sierra Leone’s diplomatic mission in China has debunked reports that some of its citizens were maltreated while on a visit to China. According to a statement made available to APA on Wednesday, while the embassy admitted that some Sierra Leoneans were refused accommodation by a hotel in China, no one was arrested or manhandled. The statement added that the embassy was investigating the complaint of refusal of accommodation by the unnamed hotel. The alleged incident reportedly occurred in the Chinese...
(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 04/28/17)
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone said Thursday he will be leaving office next year and "graciously hand over" to his succesor. In his last state-of-the-nation address, delivered on the country's 56th independence anniversary, Koroma said he was leaving a "legacy of peace and unity" that all Sierra Leoneans should be committed to defend. A presidential election has been scheduled for March 2018. Koroma commended the country for its resilience, noting that over the years, he has observed that...
(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...
(APA 04/04/17)
A coalition of civil society organizations monitoring Sierra Leone’s electoral process on Monday raised concern over the possibility for the timely conclusion of the ongoing voter registration process. The Standing Together for Democracy Consortium, comprising the membership of seven CSOs and NGOs, fear that a motion being debated in the country’s Parliament, coupled with ceaseless reports of delay at the registration centres, could prevent the conclusion of the registration with less than a year before the general elections. According to...
(Daily Nation 03/30/17)
Freetown — Sierra Leone's parliamentary majority leader has been sacked in the latest episode of a power struggle in the governing All People's Congress (APC). Ibrahim Bundu was replaced by his deputy in an announcement yesterday by Speaker Sheku Dumbuya. Dumbuya said he was acting "on the instruction" of President Ernest Bai Koroma. The Speaker said the President acted in his capacity as "leader and chairman" of the party and had found that Bundu could no longer be fair in his role as head of the House.
(Gouvernement 03/30/17)
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma Thursday 23 March 2017 launched the National Land Policy at State House in Freetown. The lack of a National Land Policy over the years has contributed significantly to the current chaotic situation of poor land management, land grabbing and increased land litigations one of the key priorities of the Government of Sierra Leone in the Agenda for Prosperity has been the effective and efficient management of land as the aspiration of the policy is to...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Nationwide voter/civil registration began in Sierra Leone on Monday for the 2018 elections, with President Ernest Bai Koroma and the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma leading as examples. After he finished the process at the NIBATT 13 Godereich Community Primary School, Western Rural in Freetown, Koroma called on all citizens to come out in their numbers and register for the 2018 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections. According to Chairman of the National Electoral Commission Mohamed N'fa Alie, people who registered would be issued a multipurpose identity card that would be used not only for the elections
(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...

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