Connect with us

Politics

Military rule: ECOWAS leaders to meet in Ghana over Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso. More sanctions?

Published

on

The leaders of the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be meeting at a highly anticipated summit in Accra, Ghana, on Sunday.

ECOWAS leaders will meet to decide on sanctions against Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, three countries that have suffered coups.

The bloc has pushed for a swift return of civilians to power might consider, tough trade and financial retaliation measures imposed on Mali since January, and the lesser ones on Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Although the juntas in the three countries have made relative moves into civil government, with the latest being Mali who earlier today announced a calendar for nationwide elections with a presidential election schedule for 2024. ECOWAS does not seem to be impressed nor convinced.

Guinea junta on its own after it has received “proposals” for a political transition announced a 39 months transition period before the country returns to civilian rule.

The junta in Burkina Faso in March had announced a three years transition period to return to civil rule. At the heart of Issoufou’s mediation is the duration of the transition period in Burkina Faso.

The West African region has been rocked by two coups in Mali, one in Guinea and one in Burkina Faso since August 2020. While ECOWAS ‘stand to have democracy restored in the countries is understandable, the morality and effectiveness of its sanctions on the countries can be scrutinized, particularly because the heat of the sanctions are most felt by the public, whose interest ECOWAS believes it represents. Paradox?

Politics

Williams Ruto flips President Kenyatta’s plan, wins Kenya’s presidential elections after close race

Published

on

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto has been declared the winner of a close presidential elections after defeating veteran contester, Raila Odinga.

Kenya’s elections chief made the declaration on Monday although some senior election officials disowned the result.

The incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta was openly in support of Odinga succeeding him amidst the loggerheads between him and his deputy, William Ruto.

Ruto has hailed his victory and said “There is no looking back. We are looking to the future. We need all hands-on deck to move forward.”

Continue Reading

Politics

Tunisia: Government, labour union, UGTT, agree on IMF intervention

Published

on

In Tunisia, the government of president Saide has finally reach agreement with the country’s main labour and commerce unions for economic reforms.

The pressure groups agreed with the government on Friday to start talks on Monday over economic reforms required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a rescue programme.

According to the state news agency ,TAP, quoting a government statement, Prime Minister Najla Bouden, UGTT labour union chief Noureddine Taboubi and UTICA commerce union chief Samir Majoul had agreed a “social contract” to tackle national challenges.

The UGTT which represents a vast syndicate of workers, has been a major critic of IMF economic reforms proposed by the government, including subsidy cuts, a public sector wage freeze and the restructuring of state-owned companies. It previously said, such reforms would increase the suffering of Tunisians and lead to an imminent social implosion.

In May, Tunisia reached an agreement with the European Union to secure a €300 million loan facility to cushion the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The North Africa country is seeking $4 billion in IMF support amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, though diplomat sources told Reuters any IMF programme approved would be unlikely to reach that level.

Efforts to secure the IMF bailout have been complicated by Tunisia’s political upheavals since President Kais Saied seized most powers a year ago, shutting down parliament and moving to rule by decree.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

VenturesNow20 hours ago

Nigerian economy slops further as inflation rate hits 19.63% in July

Nigeria’s downward economic slop has continued as inflation rate in July rise to 19.64% compared to 18.6% recorded in the...

Politics20 hours ago

Williams Ruto flips President Kenyatta’s plan, wins Kenya’s presidential elections after close race

Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto has been declared the winner of a close presidential elections after defeating veteran contester, Raila...

Sports22 hours ago

African stars who set Europe on fire last weekend

With the European football season fully back and hostilities back on track, some African soccer stars represented the continent well...

Metro1 day ago

Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in...

Metro1 day ago

Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue...

Metro1 day ago

Libyan bakers threaten to close their bakeries over arrest, imprisonment of members

The Libyan Bakers Association have threatened to close down bakeries in the country due to the constant harassment, arrest and...

Metro1 day ago

US drone attacks eliminate 13 Somali al-Shabaab terrorists

At least 13 al-Shabaab fighters were on Sunday, killed in a US drone airstrike in central Somalia, according to Somali...

Culture1 day ago

Tanzania star, Diamond Platinumz, robbed of valuables by fans in DR Congo

Tanzanian Bongo Flava star, Diamond Platnumz, said he was robbed of some his valuables by fans while performing in a...

Metro1 day ago

50 killed, over 8,000 homes destroyed as torrential rains cause flood in Sudan – Official

A senior police official in Sudan has revealed that floods triggered by seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have killed more...

Politics2 days ago

Tunisia: Government, labour union, UGTT, agree on IMF intervention

In Tunisia, the government of president Saide has finally reach agreement with the country’s main labour and commerce unions for...

Trending