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What’s at stake in Tanzania’s constitutional referendum? Part I: One nation, two governmentsTanzanians were due to participate in a national referendum on 30 April; however, delays to biometric voter registration (BVR) led the vote to be postponed. The United Republic is now in limbo, with citizens wondering whether they will ever have a say on the constitution – or katiba. This Briefing Note and interactive timeline document a history of incoherent, disjointed and sometimes even contradictory constitutional […]
The price of piracy in SomaliaSomalia is a country ravaged by political instability, internal strife and abject poverty – an ideal breeding ground for piracy. But the short term gains that have filtered through the economy from ransom payments have done little to address the country’s long term economic health, argues LSE’s Ryan Jablonski. In 2011, Somali pirates accrued more than US$163 million in ransom […]
Egypt: Former President Mursi Sentenced to 20 Years[Aswat Masriya] A Cairo court sentenced former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi to 20 years of maximum security prison for charges of show of force and detention associated with physical torture during deadly protests in 2012, on Tuesday.
Burkina Faso: Popular Revolution Fraying At the Edges[African Arguments] The ousting of Burkina Faso's long-standing President Blaise Compaoré in October 2014 raised high hopes for a democratic transition in the country. Compaoré was removed following street protests against his attempt to push through constitutional revisions which would have enabled him to run for another presidential term.
UN chief deplores ‘barbaric’ killing of Ethiopian nationals in LibyaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of a number of Ethiopian nationals in Libya by extremists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a United Nations spokesperson.
UN condemns ‘horrific’ attack that killed four UNICEF staff in SomaliaThe United Nations has strongly condemned this morning’s attack on a UN vehicle in north-eastern Somalia, which killed four UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) workers and seriously injured four others when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the minibus in which they were riding.
African Development Bank
African Ministers unite in calling for strong universal climate agreement and sufficient finance to unlock Africa’s potential
WB/IMF meetings conclude, AfDB President looks to his future