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Kenya’s elections annulled

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days.

The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions.

President Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but also branded the judges “crooks”.

Other elections in Africa have been annulled or cancelled but this appears to be the first time on the continent that an opposition court challenge against a presidential poll result has been successful.

EU on Angola elections

On 23 august 2017, the people of Angola elected their representatives to the National Assembly and consequently to the Presidency, in the country’s third general election since peace was re-established in 2002.

“The election marks an important moment of political transition in the country. Voters went to the polls in large numbers in a peaceful atmosphere, demonstrating their commitment to democracy. Moreover, this highly contested election was marked by an efficient organisation of the voting process.” – says the statement issued by the European External Action Service (EEAS).

“At this moment in time, it is important that the electoral process is completed in full transparency and any complaint addressed through legal means. In view of future elections, efforts should continue to strengthen a level playing field.” – the statement continues.

“The EU will continue to follow the process and stands ready to enhance bilateral relations with Angola in this new chapter of its history.”

 

 

 

Facebook au Kenya contre “fake news”

Facebook a mis à la disposition des Kényans cette semaine un outil pour aider les utilisateurs à repérer les “fake news”, à quelques jours des élections générales dans le pays.

Les Kényans sont appelés à se rendre aux urnes mardi pour élire leur président, leurs députés, sénateurs, gouverneurs et représentants aux assemblées locales. Le président sortant, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55 ans, brigue un second mandat face à Raila Odinga, 72 ans, le chef de l’opposition.

Une étude de Geopoll and Portland réalisée le mois dernier sur 2.000 Kényans montre que neuf personnes sur dix ont déjà vu, lu ou entendu une fausse information. La moitié des personnes interrogées consomme des informations sur les réseaux sociaux.

“La hausse du nombre de fake news est un vrai problème au Kenya”, constate Alphonce Shiundu, contributeur pour Africa Check, une association qui promeut le fact-checking en Afrique.

Les sept millions d’utilisateurs de Facebook au Kenya vont voir apparaître sur leur fil d’actualité un nouvel outil leur permettant d’évaluer les contenus.

Ils seront redirigés vers une page contenant des conseils pour repérer une fausse information, contrôler le domaine de la page internet, les sources et les autres articles sur le sujet, a dit Facebook dans un communiqué.

A l’approche des élections, les fausses informations ont beaucoup circulé sur les réseaux sociaux.

Par exemple, les Kényans ont pu voir la photo d’un pont en ruines sur une ligne de chemin de fer que le président Kenyatta revendique comme l’une de ses principales réalisations, un projet qui a coûté l’équivalent de 2,7 milliards d’euros.

Un autre faux document avance que la société qui a organisé un débat télévisé auquel le président Kenyatta n’a pas participé appartenait à des proches de Raila Odinga, indique Africa Check.

Guinea Bissau – news media suspension

 

On 30 June the Guinea Bissau government announced the suspension of activities of RDP-Africa and RPT-Africa in Guinea Bissau.

“The freedom of expression and the access to information by citizens are an essential part of accountable governance.  Particularly in periods of political tension, the unhindered work of media are essential for the constructive debate that strengthens society” – says the statement of the European External Action Service spokesperson on the recent suspension of news media in Guinea Bissau.

“It is at the core of EU values and external action.  It is also in  accordance with the Constitution of Guinea Bissau and its international commitments on Human Rights.”

Forward towards Sahel G5 joint force!

Luxembourg, 19.06.2017. Today, the Council adopted conclusions on Mali and the Sahel recalling its strong integrated approach towards achieving stabilisation of the region. This approach includes full range of relevant instruments in the field of diplomacy, long-term development cooperation, support to human rights, stabilisation efforts, resilience building, humanitarian assistance, migration management and security, including CSDP missions.

The Council strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Bamako.

The Council reiterates its full support to the implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, with full involvement of civil society, women and youth, as the only way to restore peace and security in the country. The High Representative’s participation on 5 June 2017 to the Comité de suivi de l’accord de paix (CSA) in Bamako confirms the strong commitment of the EU to the agreement. The EU also encourages an enhanced engagement of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian peace process.

The EU commends the political leadership of the G5 Sahel countries, ECOWAS and the African Union in their efforts to support regional security, development and reconciliation. The EU welcomes the initiative of the Heads of State of the G5 Sahel on the establishment of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The EU has been the first to announce a financial contribution, with EUR 50 million as planned support to this initiative.

EU observation mission to Kenya

In response to an invitation by the Kenyan authorities, the European Union has decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya to observe the general elections scheduled for 8 August. Former EU EOM recommendations have played a role in promoting political dialogue and the consolidation of democracy in Kenya.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has appointed Ms. Marietje Schaake Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer.

The EU and Kenya are log standing partners, with 2017 marking 40 years of our cooperation. This is the fourth time that the European Union observes general elections in Kenya, reflecting our common work to credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country, since our political dialogue and cooperation strategy focusses on supporting good governance. This year’s general elections are foreseen to be very competitive and we are committed to give an important contribution to the electoral process through the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief Observer Schaake (pictured). We expect the rule of law will prevail with all parties resolving any possible election disputes through dialogue and available legal remedies” – Federica Mogherini said.

 

I am honoured to lead the EU EOM to Kenya. The forthcoming general elections will be another defining moment in Kenya’s democratic development. Kenya has already achieved impressive progress in terms of democratisation and good governance. I trust the Kenyan people will express their political choices in a peaceful and calm environment, thus confirming the significance of democratic institutions. The August polls can further consolidate the democratic record through well-run, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, with all sides refraining from any actions or statements that may incite violence”- the Chief Observer, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Schaake (ALDE, NL), declared.

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Taormina G7 reflects upon Africa

On the second day of the G7 Summit the leaders of powerful world economies met African heads of state in a debate devoted to problems of the continent, however the Italian presidency did not succeed in fixing the focus of Africa, while the Summit has been  overshadowed by counter terrorism and radicalization in wake of the Manchester attack, performed by a UK citizen from Libyan descent.

Italian presidency asked the leaders of Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya to take part in the in-depth debate on Africa in the morning session. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend the forum, leaving on Friday evening, 26.05.2017, to continue with activities in the aftermath of the Manchester attack.

Italy had insisted on Africa as the major focus of the annual G7 meeting, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years crossing the Mediterranean pursuing their ‘European dream’.

The EU relocation scheme failed as the member-states are openly, like Hungary’s Prime minister Victor Orban,  or discreetly as the V4 group countries, resisting the idea of settling strangers from conflict zones, fearing criminality and jihadi infiltration.

After the assassination of the Colonel Gaddafi Lybia became noman’s land, dominated by multiple terroristic groups from Africa and Middle East. From Al Qaeda and Islamic State to Boko Haram and Al Shabaab, there is hardly any assembly of religious fanatics which is not represented on wast territories, disputed by local chiefs of 250 tribes. So far the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has not been able to ensure security for the diplomats, operating from near-by countries, except for Italian Embassy, bombed in January this year (21.01.2017). As a failed state Libya functions as a broad open gate for the flows of migrants, eager to leave Africa for new life in Europe.

At the moment, according to the reported, leaked German newspaper Bilt , there are around seven million African migrants, aiming to cross Mediterranean for Italian shores.

 

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