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South African President Ramaphosa holds talks with Zelensky to discuss Russian invasion

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Thursday, said he had held talks with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the ongoing conflict in the country following the invasion of Russia.

Ramaphosa who has faced fierce criticism from world leaders for refusing to condemn Russia’s military operations in Ukraine, announced on Twitter that he had a long phone conversation with Zelenskyy “to discuss the conflict in Ukraine and its tragic human cost, as well its global ramifications.”

“We agreed on the need for a negotiated end to the conflict which has impacted Ukraine’s place in global supply chains, including its position as a major exporter of food to our continent,” Ramaphosa tweeted.

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24, South Africa, like many other African countries, have maintained a grave silence and a non-aligned stance.

Despite calls for South Africa to come out with a position, Ramaphosa has continued to maintain that negotiations are the best option to end the conflict with the country abstaining from voting in two high-profile UN rebukes of Russia.

Dozens of other African countries have also steered clear of voting against Russia at the UN but with the call to the embattled Zelenskyy,
Ramaphosa believes the Ukrainian President “anticipates closer relations with Africa in future.”

Zelensky had two weeks ago, asked to address the African Union to seek for its support in the ongoing war, according to the AU’s current head, Senegalese President Macky Sall.

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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