Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast president reshuffles government following soldier mutiny

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new and smaller government team on Wednesday, with few changes to top positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television. Adama Kone and Abdourahmane Cisse – finance and budget ministers respectively – held onto their jobs, as did Agriculture Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. But Thierry Tanoh, the […]

Ivorian president sacks security chiefs over soldiers mutiny

Ivorian president sacks security chiefs over soldiers mutiny

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Monday after a two-day army mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a statement from the presidency. Disgruntled soldiers demanding the payment of bonuses and wage increases began their revolt on Friday, seizing control of Bouake, […]

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies following hospitalisation

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily political survivor and multimillionaire mogul who remained among the ruling elite despite moderate views, died Sunday, state TV reported. He was 82. Iranian media reported earlier Sunday that he was taken to a hospital north of Tehran because of a heart condition. State television broke into programming […]

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise confirmed as Haiti’s new president

Jovenel Moise won Haiti’s presidential elections with 55.6 percent of the first round vote held on November 20, according to official results released Tuesday. The announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council puts an end to a protracted electoral process that began in October 2015 and paralyzed the Caribbean country’s politics for more than a year. […]

Gambia’s President Jammeh concedes defeat in election

Gambia’s President Jammeh concedes defeat in election

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has congratulated opposition coalition leader Adama Barrow, who won the most votes in an election that will remove Jammeh from power after 22 years. Speaking on state television Friday night, Jammeh praised the election and vowed not to contest the result. The election commission had earlier declared Barrow the newly elected […]

Scandal in Seoul: South Korean President Park offers to resign (part 1)

Scandal in Seoul: South Korean President Park offers to resign (part 1)

The blurring of lines between business and politics can grab headlines in Zuma’s South Africa or Trump’s America, but look to South Korea for a corruption scandal with a religious sect at the heart of it all. After weeks of mass protests, President Park Geun-hye has offered parliament the chance to let her resign over […]

Embattled South Korean president offers to step down

Embattled South Korean president offers to step down

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment. Park, 64, had apologised twice previously but until now resisted mounting public calls to […]

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government on Monday in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis that has paralysed the tiny west African state. Guinea-Bissau has been in the throes of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party […]

French MPs request impeachment of President Hollande

French MPs request impeachment of President Hollande

Dozens of French opposition lawmakers late on Thursday formally requested an impeachmeant of President François Hollande over his disclosure of classified information to journalists for a tell-all book. The head of France’s National Assembly confirmed that he had transferred a copy of the impeachment request signed by 79 opposition MPs to the executive branch. The […]

Ex-Greenpeace activist is French Green Party pick for president in 2017

Ex-Greenpeace activist is French Green Party pick for president in 2017

France’s green party EELV on Monday elected MEP and former Greenpeace activist Yannick Jadot as its candidate for next year’s presidential election. Jadot, 49, won the party’s primary with 54 percent of the vote, defeating fellow MEP Michele Rivasi who took 40.75 percent. An environmentalist and humanitarian who coordinated Greenpeace campaigns in France between 2002 […]

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s president names Saad Hariri new prime minister

Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination. The 46-year-old was nominated Thursday to form a cabinet by his one-time political adversary, President Michel Aoun, who took office this week after receiving […]

South Korea president agrees to go before prosecutors

South Korea president agrees to go before prosecutors

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Friday agreed to be questioned by prosecutors as she sought to distance herself from a close personal friend at the centre of a corruption scandal engulfing her administration. In her second address to the nation in 10 days, Park acknowledged that she had “allowed my guard to drop” around […]

Lebanon elects Aoun as president, ending two-year stalemate

Lebanon elects Aoun as president, ending two-year stalemate

After a two-and-a-half year vacancy, the position of Lebanese head of state was finally filled Monday when veteran politician and former general Michel Aoun was elected president by parliament. An octogenarian former general, Aoun has long eyed the presidency, a position that must be filled by a Maronite Christian under Lebanon’s confessional political system. With […]

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

  With six months to go before next year’s French presidential election, faith in France’s beleaguered leader François Hollande has plunged to a new all-time low, prompting fierce resistance to a potential re-election bid – even within his own party. Since 2013, Hollande has suffered some of the lowest approval ratings of any post-war president […]

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

Israel’s former president Shimon Peres dies at 93

  Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose distinguished political career spanned almost 60 years and saw him occupy the highest office in the state of Israel, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, his personal doctor said. Peres died at around 3:00 am local time (0000 GMT), Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, […]

Gabon court upholds president Bongo’s election win

Gabon court upholds president Bongo’s election win

Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President’s Ali Bongo’s re-election victory, rejecting an appeal by rival Jean Ping, who had called for a recount over widespread allegations of fraud. The court, while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote, said Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally-turned-opponent Ping. At a televised public […]

Slovenian football chief Ceferin elected UEFA president

Slovenian football chief Ceferin elected UEFA president

Aleksander Ceferin, the president of Slovenia’s football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress on Wednesday. Ceferin, 48, beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May […]

Uzbek President Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbek President Islam Karimov dies at 78

Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who the government said on Friday had died aged 78 after suffering a stroke, saw himself as the protector of his Central Asian nation against the threat of militant Islam. To his critics, he was a brutal dictator who used torture to stay in power. Karimov, who steered his former Soviet […]

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov in critical condition

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov in critical condition

  The government of Uzbekistan said on Friday that ailing President Islam Karimov is in critical condition, following a week of speculation that the country’s president of nearly 27 years could be at death’s door. “Dear compatriots, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the health of our President has sharply […]

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Thursday, as security forces clashed with protesters for a second day following President Ali Bongo’s disputed re-election. Bongo beat opposition candidate Jean Ping with 49.8 percent of the vote, with Ping gaining 48.2 percent. The opposition rejected the results, calling them fraudulent. Since […]

Trump to visit Mexico for talks with President Pena Nieto

Trump to visit Mexico for talks with President Pena Nieto

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he plans to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, hours before outlining his proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration. “I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow,” Trump said on Twitter on […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Republican security experts say Trump ‘not qualified to be president’

Republican security experts say Trump ‘not qualified to be president’

Fifty senior Republican national security officials have issued a stinging rejection of their party’s White House nominee Donald Trump, warning he would be “the most reckless president in American history” if elected. The group, some of whom already announced they would not vote for Trump, included former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, senior presidential advisors […]

South Sudan’s president replaces rival deputy Machar amid fears of new civil war

South Sudan’s president replaces rival deputy Machar amid fears of new civil war

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar, a move that could potentially undermine last year’s peace deal and reignite war in Africa’s youngest nation. Kiir said he appointed General Taban Deng to the post of “first vice president of the republic of South Sudan”, according to a […]

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