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Enough is Enough: AU urges Western countries to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe

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The African Union has called on Western countries to lift sanctions that have targeted Zimbabwe for more than 20 years imposed during the regime of President Robert Mugabe.

The Chairperson of the AU, President Macky Sall of Senegal, who made the appeal while delivering a speech at the opening of the AU Humanitarian Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Friday, said the Western sanctions had exacerbated Zimbabwe’s economic and humanitarian crisis.

“Bearing in mind the repeated request of the African Union, I solemnly call for the lifting of the foreign sanctions that have been imposed for years on our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe.

“In these times of deep crisis, these sanctions further worsen the living conditions of the Zimbabwean people,” the AU Chair said in his speech.

The first day of the AU Summit was dedicated to humanitarian crisis in Africa and following the opening ceremony, many African leaders added to the plea to countries like the United Kingdom, the United States and other European countries to lift the sanctions on Zimbabwe for the sake of the people.

The sanctions on the southern African country began in 2002 when the United States first imposed what it called targeted measures on the government of Zimbabwe, including financial and visa sanctions against selected individuals, a ban on transfers of defence items and services, and a suspension of non-humanitarian government-to-government assistance.

In 2003, the U.S. Department of the Treasury also imposed targeted financial sanctions against individuals and entities in connection with undermining democracy, human rights abuses, or public corruption, especially officials of the Mugabe administration and their families.

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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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