Politics

State 55 mourn death of Zambia’s ex-president Kenneth Kaunda

At the fading twilight in Dr. Kenneth D. Kaunda’s full life, we find self-evident, his values of  freedom—a magnificent courage and fortitude in one character of a freedom fighter, and an  accomplished pan-Africanist who is also an internationally acclaimed statesman.   As we learnt of his demise with shock, our awe remains indelibly visible in his achievements and  for all to …

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Ghana hosts mid-year statutory meetings of ECOWAS from Today to Saturday

Ghana will from today Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 19th June 2021, host the mid-year statutory meetings of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS). Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway who announced this at a press conference in Accra on Monday, June 14, 2021, said the meetings will be held for 5 days continuously. …

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Ghana elected to UN Security Council

Ghana has been elected to the United Nation’s Security Council for the term 2022-2023. In her initial reaction to the outcome, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said: “Ghana will use its membership to pursue conflict prevention, post conflict reconstruction and strengthening of governance, leveraging on our previous and current experience as Chair of ECOWAS as well as our active …

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ECOWAS suspends Mali over coup

Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have suspended the Republic of Mali from the regional body, ordering the military leaders who are currently in charge of the nation to restore the transitional arrangement put in place in August 2020 with the aim of returning the troubled West African state to democratic rule by 27th …

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Mali’s coup leaders have seized power again

Mali’s coup leaders have announced that they have seized power once more, after relieving interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of their duties. On Monday the sacked president and prime minister for the transitional government were detained by soldiers. The soldiers reportedly were unhappy with a recently announced transitional government. They took the president and prime minister by …

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Israel-Gaza violence: Joe Biden calls for ceasefire

US President Joe Biden has voiced his support for a ceasefire after eight days of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. Mr Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US was working with Egypt and other countries on halting hostilities. But the US again blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for a cessation of violence. …

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Why AU special envoy John Mahama was rejected by Somalia

Somalia on Wednesday announced that it has rejected African Union’s special envoy former Ghanaian President John Mahama tasked to resolve the political crisis in that country. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in office by two years. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s move sparked anger resulting in …

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Kenya halts flights to and from Somalia amid fresh row

Kenya and Somalia have renewed diplomatic row with Kenyan suspending flights to and from Somalia. This is the latest fallout from a diplomatic row that is heightening tension between the two countries. On Monday Kenya announced that there won’t be flights heading to Mogadishu after Somalia rejected Kenya’s scheduled cargo deliveries. According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) all …

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Ghana’s ex-president Mahama named AU Special Envoy to Somalia

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The African Union (AU) has named Ghana’s former president, John Mahama as its High Representative to Somalia. The former Ghanaian leader has been tasked by the AU to try and resolve the dire political crisis in Somalia. Somalia has witnessed heightened tension in recent weeks after the incumbent president decided to approve an extension to his tenure in office by …

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China’s Belt/Road Initiative invests in African infrastructure, military & police

China’s military base in Djibouti isn’t the only sign of increasing Chinese security engagement in Africa. Although analysts typically see China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)as a global investment and economic growth program, these projects also may facilitate increased Chinese security cooperation with participating nations. By early 2021, 140 countries worldwide had signed more than 200 BRI cooperation agreements — essentially frameworks for Chinese companies …

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