Africa

African Union Suspends Ivory Coast Until Gbagbo Steps Down

The African Union has suspended Ivory Coast because of President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to relinquish power after last month's election. AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said Thursday that Ivory Coast is suspended from AU activities until the democratically-elected president, Alassane Ouattara, takes power

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Nigeria: Election equipments stolen at airport

Nigeria's election commission says robbers stole voting equipment after it arrived at the international airport in Lagos. A spokesman for the Independent National Election Commission says the thieves stole data machines to register voters, laptops and cameras. By Thursday afternoon, the commission said it had recovered 16 of the 20 stolen data machines. It said there are adequate safety features on the machines to ensure they cannot be used to compromise the electoral process

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Babangida Threatens to Quit PDP

Former Nigerian ruler Ibrahim Babangida has threatened to leave the country's ruling party amid a dispute about who should be the party's candidate in a presidential election next year. In a letter Tuesday, Mr. Babangida said President Goodluck Jonathan's candidacy to be the People's Democratic Party nominee violates the party's policies. The party, of which both men are members, has a custom of rotating the presidency between a northern Muslim and a southern Christian every two terms

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ECOWAS Meets Today on Ivory Coast Political Crisis

West African leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the political crisis in Ivory Coast, where rival presidents have competing governments following a controversial election. Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States, of ECOWAS, will meet in Abuja to discuss how the alliance might help resolve the crisis in Ivory Coast. ECOWAS Chairman and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says West African heads of state will work with the international community to preserve good governance in the region

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Thabo Mbeki in Ivory Coast to mediate crisis

Ivory Coast is in political crisis with both of its presidential candidates taking rival oaths of office based on competing election results. Former South African leader Thabo Mbeki met on Sunday with both would-be presidents in hopes of resolving the stand-off. The African Union says Mr. Mbeki's emergency mission is meant to find a legitimate and peaceful solution to the crisis. The former South African president says he is here to better understand what is going on in a country that now has two men who say they are president

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Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo both Sworn in as Presidents

Ivory Coast's presidential candidates took competing oaths of office Saturday, deepening the country's political crisis and raising the prospect of further violence. Last Sunday's presidential vote was meant to reunite the country after a brief civil war. But Ivory Coast is now more sharply divided with dueling presidencies and competing electoral results that threaten to drag the country deeper into crisis

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Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo to be sworn in today, civil war imminent

Ivory Coast's military is backing the president's re-election after the constitutional council overturned vote results showing the president losing to a former prime minister. VOA West Africa Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, the president is expected to be sworn in on Saturday. Armed forces chief General Philippe Mangou lead a delegation of senior officers to congratulate President Laurent Gbagbo. Mangou says military chiefs came to greet the president, to give him their respect, to pledge their allegiance, and to reiterate their readiness to carry out any mission he gives them

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Ivory Coast Election Results Overturned; Laurent Gbagbo Declared Winner

Ivory Coast's Constitutional Council says the country's incumbent president has been re-elected, overturning results from the electoral commission that show the president losing to a former prime minister. The United Nations believes the opposition candidate is still the winner. Constitutional Council president Paul Yao N'Dre says President Laurent Gbagbo has won re-election. N'Dre says the constitutional council annulled results from seven northern regions where it says supporters of former prime minister Alassane Ouattara engaged in electoral fraud

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Ivory Coast: Army Seals Borders as Laurent Gbagbo challenges results

Ivory Coast's military has sealed the country's borders as the president is challenging election results that show him losing to a former prime minister. The country's Constitutional Council says it will now decide who won the vote. Three-and-a-half days after Sunday's presidential vote, the country's electoral commission announced former prime minister Alassane Ouattara as the winner

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CAR criticized for inviting Sudan’s Bashir to 50th 50th anniversary celebrations

A spokesman for Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern that Central African Republic (CAR) has invited Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to participate in its 50th anniversary independence celebrations Wednesday. Reed Brody told VOA his rights group is disappointed the government in Bangui has refused to enforce the international arrest warrants against Mr. Bashir, who is charged with committing war crimes and crimes against humanity

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Uganda: Museveni will rig election – FDC

The leader of Uganda’s main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) told VOA there are strong indications the government will “inherently” rig next year’s general election despite what he described as citizen disaffection with President Yoweri Museveni’s “poor performing” administration. Doctor Kizza Besigye said the government has repeatedly refused calls for an overhaul of both the electoral commission and the voter list ahead of the scheduled February election

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African Beauty Photo Contest Enters Final Weeks

The professional photographers’ competition launched earlier this month by the African Union (AU) and European Union Mission to the AU is entering its final weeks. Professional photographers from across Africa are invited to share their visions of beauty on the continent. The deadline is 15th December. Christophe Boulierac, press officer for the EU delegation to the African Union tells VOA the photo contest

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Election in Egypt marred by irregularities

Egyptians took part in parliamentary elections that many feel will bring little change to a country dominated by the National Democratic Party for the past three decades. But accusations of voting irregularities and reports of violence have raised additional concerns, as the vote is widely considered a dry-run for next year's presidential election

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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh behind Iran arms shipment – Ambassador

A former Gambian ambassador to the United States said President Yayah Jammeh might have severed relations with Iran to cover up his reported involvement with an arms shipment confiscated last week by Nigerian authorities. Gambia Monday night gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. A statement issued by the Gambian foreign ministry said that "all government of the Gambia projects and programs, which were being implemented in cooperation with the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been canceled."

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