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Guinea-Bissau: EU warns against illegal actions

“The illegal attempt to dismiss Prime-Minister Gomes and his Government threatens to derail the ongoing electoral process in Guinea-Bissau. The Government, whose programme was recently approved by a parliamentary majority, is the sole and legitimate executive power in Guinea-Bissau, supported by regional and international partners” reads the statement of  the spokesperson of the European External Action Service.

“In order to preserve stability and sustainable development, the electoral cycle should be pursued with the Presidential elections planned on November 24th 2019. The EU expects all stakeholders to avoid any actions that undermine this process.

“The EU endorses the October 29th ECOWAS Statement and stands firmly with its international partners in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections on November 24th 2019.’

Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi

Russia delivered two nuclear-capable bombers to South Africa on a training mission on October 23, a flight apparently timed to coincide with President Vladimir Putin’s opening of a flagship Russia-Africa Summit conceived to ensure Russian influence.

The two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers landed at Waterkloof air force base in Tshwane on October 23, the South African National Defence Force announced.The Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation has said the mission is designed to nurture military ties with South Africa.

Addressing African heads of state at a two-day summit in the southern Russian city of Sochi, President Putin supported trade with African countries, foreseen to double over the next four to five years. Meanwhile Moscow had written off  $20 billion of  African debts.

The first Russia-Africa summit is part of a Kremlin strategy to win business and restore influence that faded after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which actively supported left-wing governments and movements across the continent during the period of the Cold War.

“Many Russian companies have long and successfully worked with partners from the most different sectors of the African economy and plan to expand their influence in Africa. We of course will provide support at the state level,” President Putin said.

Mozambique elections with «democratic aspirations» 

“The historic Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Maputo on 6 August was an inspiration to the outside world: the electoral process which has followed is a real test of the readiness of Mozambique’s political actors and institutions to maintain and protect the freedoms and rights which will help to bring the benefits of the peace to citizens’ says the text of the statement of the spokesperson of the the European External Actions Service on General and provincial elections in Mozambique.

“The elections demonstrated clearly the democratic aspirations of Mozambicans, despite the challenges of the polarised environment. At the same time, amongst the first findings of the EU Election Observation Mission are that the election campaign was marked by violence, including attacks and intimidation, and by limitations on freedom of assembly and civil society observation activities. The Mission will stay on the ground until the electoral process is completed before issuing its final report” says the text of the Statement by the Spokesperson on the General and Provincial elections in Mozambique

“Looking ahead, the EU expects stakeholders to channel any electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the relevant electoral laws. Election authorities should ensure a transparent process of tabulation and the judicial authorities should effectively address possible complaints and appeals.

“The European Union is ready to work closely together with the elected government on implementing political and economic reforms, and to support the peace agreement and post-cyclone reconstruction”.

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Meanwhile local observers, presenting non-profit NGO, reported around 300 000 *ghost voters” only in the south province of Gaza, where the names of the registered voters could not be traced to any identities of real people.

Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the Commonwealth’s observer mission “remained concerned about the impact” of the suspected ghost voters on the election.

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Decisive elections in Mozambique. North-South differences persist. New factors: gas perspectives make the country a new scenario for the “Great Game” (USA-Russia-China). Violent movements in the north” wrote in his Twitter micro blog MEP José Manuel García-Margallo, leading EU observation mission to Mozambique.

The results of the elections has not been announced yet, however they are expected to put to test the fragile peace deal between the ruling Frelimo Party and its civil war enemy, turned opposition rival Renamo.

The European Union observation mission reported unfair conditions, and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, the elections were also plagued by widespread violence.

Ethiopian Abiy Ahmed Nobel prize winner

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia has won Nobel Peace Prize for his input in ending the 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

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Announcing the prize in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Ahmed’sefforts deserve recognition and need encouragement.”

The Prime Minister’s office tweeted out a statement after Abiy Ahmed saying it was “pleased to express our pride” in the selection, adding that Abiyhas made peace, forgiveness and reconciliation key policy components of his administration“.

Mugabe buried in Kutama village

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe was buried on October 28 in his home village of Kutama, ending an argument between his clan and the government of his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe (95) died in a Singapore hospital on September from cancer after chemotherapy treatment was stopped because it was no longer effective. 

Mugabe and is family were bitter about the way he was ousted in coup-d’état by his former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa. After Mugabe‘s death family entered a dispute with incumbent President Mnangagwa, who was represented by government officials, offering the burial at the monument for liberation war heroes. The proposal assessed by many as an attempt to use an opportunity to reach public reconciliation with Mugabe’s supporters.

Mnangagwa to attend Mugabe obsequies

Zimbabwe President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will address mourners of late Robert Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium, where thousands will wear the colours of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Meanwhile African leaders are assembling in Harare, the capital, as the country prepares for former president Robert Mugabe‘s funeral on September 14 (Saturday).

Robert Mugabe family explained the late leader will be buried at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare in “around 30 days”, Leo Mugabe said,  acting as family spokesperson, adding to controversial information about the obsequies details.

The government and the chiefs went to the Heroes Acre, showed each other where President Mugabe is going to be buried, and that place would take about 30 days to complete,” Leo Mugabe said.

So what that means is the burial will take that long.

More than a dozen incumbent and former leaders, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, are expected to attend. Some dignitaries, including Equatorial Guinea President Theodore Obiang Nguema, have already arrived.

A national sports stadium with capacity of 60 000 seats is expected to be filled with well-wishers. It is located in Harare close to the Heroes Acre.

The funeral follows an argument between the Mugabe family,  and the government over his burial.

Congo government appointed

Democratic Republic of Congo Prime minister announced a new government after eight months of negotiations between President Felix Tshisekedi, who won an election and former President Joseph Kabila, with around two thirds of posts going to allies of the latter.

In the long-delayed election last December, Tshisekedi defeated a candidate officially backed by Kabila, who himself declined further re-elections.

The cabinet list released by Prime Minister Illunga Illunkamba consisted mostly of people with little or no government experience. Of the 65 ministers named, 42 were from Kabila’s coalition and 23 were from Tshisekedi’s.

Kabila’s power is relies on his Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition, which won about 70% of seats in the lower house of parliament and an overwhelming majority of provincial assembly seats in elections also held on December 30, 2018.

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