archives : July 2009


Zimbabwe - International
Imagine European soccer champions, Barcelona turning up for a friendly against France wearing the Spanish kit? Unimaginable of course, but it happened with Zimbabwe soccer! Malaysia hosted "Zimbabwe" in an international friendly, recognised by Fifa, last Saturday. - Thursday 16 July 2009

Provisional results of the July 12 Congolese presidential elections were made public Wednesday. Denis Sassou Nguesso, outgoing head of state won by a landslide, with 78.61% of the total votes cast. Mathias Dzone, a radical opposition leader who is also considered as Sassou Nguesso’s main rival, gained only 2.30% of the total votes cast, according to figures announced by the Ministry of Territorial Administration. - Thursday 16 July 2009

Sudan - United States
The United States calls on both parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) – the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – immediately to prepare for the implementation of the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration panel in The Hague, expected on or about July 22. Measures include a readiness to implement fully the Court’s decision, to disseminate widely accurate information about the decision, and to take the necessary steps to eliminate opportunities for violence in the region, as were seen in May 2008. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

South africa
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has called on his fellow countrymen to dedicate time to serving their communities as his life is celebrated on Saturday. He would be turning 91 on Saturday. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

This week, a demand for pardon, written by Hanna Saïd, was relayed to President Hosni Mubarak via the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri Al-Yom. The former, in the letter pleads for the release of his big brother, Mounir Hanna Said Marzouk, a civil servant sentenced to three years in prison for having written a poem. The poem was found to be offensive to the Head of State. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

Guinea - Sierra Leone
Within the framework of the Mano River Union summit which was to take place in Conakry from 14 to 15 July, the Guinean Head of State in a meeting with the President of Sierra Leone, Monday, explained the reason behind a communiqué, issued last Saturday by the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD). The communiqué revealed planned attacks against Guinea from its borders with Guinea Bissau and the Casamance region of Senegal. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

Ethiopia - United States
A 23-year-old man who was arraigned before the Ethiopian High Court, on homicide charges, has been sentenced to a 17-year prison term over the murder of an American diplomat in Addis Ababa. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

DR Congo - Switzerland
Chairman of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Mark Pieth raised an appeal against a Swiss bank to release $6million in assets belonging to former DR Congo’s dictator, Mobutu Sese Sisoko, to DR Congo, but the court rather ruled the looted money to the late dictator’s family. - Wednesday 15 July 2009

The constitutional conference resumed in Harare on Tuesday after it was disrupted by supporters of President Robert Mugabe the previous day. There is heavy police presence within the conference hall unlike on Monday where just a handfull where deployed. - Tuesday 14 July 2009

Panafrica - Somalia
The mischievous Islamist al-Shabab rebels tried to regain power in Mogadishu last weekend, but they were contained by Somali government forces, allegedly supported by the African Union peacekeeping forces. Early this week, Monday morning to be precise, Mogadishu city was eerily silent. But the AU peacekeeping forces were busily proving their non-involvement in the weekend combat operations that left several people dead. - Tuesday 14 July 2009

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