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Kenyan-born Lucy Gichuhi claims Australian senate seat

Family First will regain its Senate seat after Kenyan-born Lucy Gichuhi won a special count of the South Australian ballot papers. While she has not officially been named as ex-senator Bob Day’s replacement, the matter will return to the High Court next week for the declaration. Sources familiar with today’s process said the Australian Electoral Commission had advised Ms Gichuhi had been elected to fill the vacancy left by Mr Day, whose election was deemed unconstitutional. She is due to be sworn-in on May 9, when parliament resumes after its…

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International Criminal Court (ICC) President meets with President of Uganda

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 3, 2017/ — On 1 March 2017, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-CPI.int), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, who was on an official visit to Uganda, met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House in Entebbe. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Attorney General, Mr. Byaruhanga William and State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem, as well as Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the Board of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), also attended the meeting….

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Benue South Peace Network Declares The Agatu Agreement Null and Void

Some days back, Agatu, Benue South, Benue State and the entire Nigeria was taken aback. When the news of an unfair agreement ceding some Agatu land to Fulani herdsmen as grazing reserves and grazing routed broke out. An agreement the Governor of Benue State later confessed that he was hypnotized by Governor Almakura of Nassarawa State. If you read the full content of the dubious agreement you will weep for Agatu people. A network of concerned Benue South Citizens which is composed of statesmen, technocrats, clergy, youth and student union…

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How first coup still haunts Nigeria 50 years on

Although most of Nigeria’s current population of about 170 million was not born when the country’s first coup was staged 50 years ago, its legacy lingers on, writes Nigerian historian and author Max Siollun. On 15 January 1966, a group of young, idealistic, UK-trained army majors overthrew Nigeria’s democratic government in a violent military coup. The coup leaders described it as a brief and temporary revolution to end corruption and ethnic rivalry. Instead, it made them worse. The coup exposed the vulnerability of the Nigerian state, and how simple it…

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Meet Africa’s Latest Female President

ARETWEETPIN IT56-year-old Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has just been made president of Mauritius. Take a look at her accomplishments. You’ve heard of a philosopher king. But what about a biologist president? Ameenah Gurib-Fakim — the biologist who gave the TED Talk “Humble plants that hide surprising secrets” — was sworn in today as the sixth president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, about 500 miles past Madagascar. Gurib-Fakim was appointed to the position by Mauritius’ parliament, and is the country’s first female president. And as she tells the…

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A new way forward for Nigeria?

A couple of years ago, many investors were optimistic about Nigeria and the stock market was booming, buoyed by strong economic growth and government reforms to improve the country. However, by 2014, the mood soured amid a series of unfortunate events, including the terrorist acts of Boko Haram, an Ebola outbreak and the weakening price of oil, which is the major source of income for the government and has a big impact on the economy. Despite these challenges, we continue to pursue long-term investments in Nigeria for a number of reasons. Not only is…

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Nigeria’s elections: Positive outcome for Africa’s biggest economy

Joseph Rohm, portfolio manager at Investec Asset Management, shares his thoughts on the recent Nigerian elections. At the end of what can possibly be described as Nigeria’s most tightly fought national elections, General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has emerged as the president elect of Africa’s biggest economy. While it has not been without its challenges – among which postponing the elections by six weeks amid threats of disruption from Boko Haram – a peaceful handover of power is a very good outcome for Nigeria. It is the…

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Top Five Elections (And Predictions) In Africa To Watch In 2015

Last year’s election predictions for 2014 were generally correct with wins by Minister of Defense Filipe Jacinto Nyussi in Mozambique, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt, Jacob Zuma in South Africa and the field in Tunisia (maybe this one is a stretch). This year is not drumming up the same excitement. But the stakes at hand will be equally big. Zambia Zambia is the surprise country on the list. Zambia’s Acting President Guy Scott recently announced that the presidential election will be held on January 20, 2015. The election is constitutionally required…

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GUY SCOTT ZAMBIA’S INTERIM PRESIDENT

Zambia’s former president, Michael Sata, died Oct. 28, 2014, leaving Vice President Guy Scott in charge. Though Scott is in an interim role — presidential elections must be held within 90 days — the acting leader is still the leader. Here are 10 things you didn’t known about Zambia’s Interim President Guy Scott. – HIS PARENTS EMIGRATED TO ZAMBIA FROM THE U.K. Scott will be unable to run in the upcoming presidential election due to a parentage clause in the Zambian constitution that states that candidates must be at least…

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THE NATIONAL UNION OF METAL WORKERS OF SA : NUMSA SET TO LAUNCH POLITICAL PARTY

Johannesburg – The National Union of Metalworkers of SA is busy with preparations to launch a political party, it said on Sunday. The party, to be called the United Front and Movement for Socialism, would be aimed at uniting the working class and mobilising around issues affecting workers. “We need a movement for socialism,” general secretary Irvin Jim told reporters in Johannesburg. He said work was well underway to mobilise the working class in all its formations, for the radical implementation of the Freedom Charter, the ANC’s document of goals…

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