archives : December 2008


Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf sacked Prime Minister Hassan Hussein Sunday, after they disagreed for several months on the composition of a power-sharing government. - Sunday 14 December 2008

The disputed Sudanese oil town of Abyei has become a ghost town as thousands have fled in fear of an impending civil war. - Sunday 14 December 2008

The small centre-left opposition party, the Convention People’s Party, whose candidate Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, came a distant third in Ghana’s 7 December election, says it will remain "neutral" in the presidential run-off fixed for 28 December. - Sunday 14 December 2008

Panafrica - Ethiopia
Venezuela will help train petroleum engineers and other cadres of experts to help in the exploration of petroleum products across Africa under the various cooperation agreements which the South American nation signed with African states, officials said Friday. - Sunday 14 December 2008

Botswana - DR Congo - Zimbabwe
Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city, has been placed on high alert following reports that two new cases of cholera were diagnosed at the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital, prompting fears of a possible outbreak in and around the city, the Botswana Guardian reported. - Saturday 13 December 2008

The jailing of Ethiopia’s popular music star, Teddy Afro, on manslaughter charges after a nine-month-long trial, dominated the headlines of Ethiopia’s daily newspapers this week. - Saturday 13 December 2008

Panafrica - European Union
Representatives of some of the world’s poorest countries have been excluded from the just-ended UN climate change negotiations in Poznan, Poland, because of they were either denied visas or obtained them very late. - Saturday 13 December 2008

The presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition Action Congress (AC), Atiku Abubakar, said Friday that democracy and all Nigerians were the real losers after the Supreme Court rejected his plea, and that of another opposition candidate, to nullify the 2007 general elections - Friday 12 December 2008

Nigeria’s apex Supreme Court Friday upheld the 2007 election of President Umaru Yar’Adua and rejected the prayers for its nullification by two opposition presidential candidates. - Friday 12 December 2008

Panafrica - Cameroon - Ethiopia
The African Union, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has said in a statement that economic experts, meeting in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, on 15 December, would review monetary policies in application within the various economic groupings of the continent before arriving at a possible single African currency, seen as a crucial step towards continental integration. - Friday 12 December 2008

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