archives : April 2009


South africa
South Africa’s ruling ANC leader Jacob Zuma has called for a massive turnout at an election on Wednesday to give his ruling party a decisive mandate in its toughest test since the end of apartheid. - Tuesday 21 April 2009

South africa
More than 23 million South Africans will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect their members of parliament for the fourth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. These legislative elections will will pave the way for the parliament’s election of a new South African president. Unless there is a last minute surprise, Jacob Zuma, leader of the ANC should be appointed to head the South Africa, Africa’s leading economic power. His party, however, is expected to lose its two-thirds majority of Parliament. - Tuesday 21 April 2009

Nigerian President Mr. Umaru Yar’Adua refused to state his desire to run for second term in office during a political convention in Abuja yesterday. The preisdent waved aside calls to begin a major campaign for second term in office, as he showed little interest in the idea. He went on to challenge those in public office to concentrate on the duty at hand and not on how to retain power. - Tuesday 21 April 2009

United States - International - European Union
The conference on racism, Durban II, began Monday at UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in a tormented atmosphere. Several Western countries have boycotted the meeting fearing a possible slippage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… and as expected the latter did not fail to address Israel’s "racist government," pushing the few remaining Western countries to leave the ongoing conference. - Tuesday 21 April 2009

Panafrica - United States
Newsroom jobs held by black journalists were cut by an alarming 13.5 percent in 2008, making African-Americans the single most targeted group for job losses in newsrooms across the country according to a study released by ASNE, the American Society of News Editors. - Monday 20 April 2009

South africa - Zimbabwe
A Southern African Development Community delegation is expected in Harare Tuesday for talks in a bid to avoid a collapse on the fragile Inclusive Government. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, the broker of the Zanu PF-MDC unity deal, was meant to be present but has since asked to be excused. - Monday 20 April 2009

Nigerians living abroad will be given the right to vote from their host countries, if a new bill canvassed for by Nigerian deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu is passed, reports have claimed. The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Europe (NIDOE) have long been demanding for voting rights; a request that will require an amendment to the Nigerian constitution. - Monday 20 April 2009

South africa
Just days ahead of his near-certain victory in South Africa’s elections, Jacob Zuma on Sunday pledged radical social improvements for the poor and said that the governing African National Congress would uphold the independence of the country’s judiciary. - Monday 20 April 2009

“Liberia is building a new army and we are very strict regarding its standards,” says Lieutenant Eric Dennis, who teaches international humanitarian law to recruits. In a country where previous armies committed widespread atrocities, he hopes to help build one that “will never tarnish the image of our army and our country. We want an army of professional soldiers.” - Monday 20 April 2009

Panafrica - Liberia
Monrovia-based economic consultant Achie Bedell has urged the Liberian government under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to boost the country’s economy by allowing women to develop their petty businesses. - Saturday 18 April 2009

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