Mohamed Bazoum declared Niger’s new president

Former interior minister garnered 55.75 percent of the votes, ahead of rival Mahamane Ousmane, at 44.25 percent, election commission announces. Niger’s electoral commission has declared ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum the winner of the country’s presidential election runoff. Bazoum had secured 55.75 percent of the votes cast on February 21, beating former President Mahamane Ousmane […]

Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti for president?

Palestinian politician Marwan Barghouti, who is seen as the leader of the First and Second Intifada, is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison. His intention to run for president in the upcoming Palestinian elections has shaken the Palestinian political scene. If he runs and wins, as recent polls have suggested he might, his victory could reshape […]

Paris reacts to Pakistani President Arif Alvi

Reports According to President Arif Ali, “When you insult the Prophet, you insult all Muslims.” Paris, France: The French Foreign Ministry has summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to protest President Arif Ali’s claims that a French bill has toughened fundamentalist Islam and defamed Muslims. Addressing a conference on religion on Saturday, Alvi said: “This is a dangerous […]

Tanzania’s president admits country has COVID-19 problem

President John Magufuli’s comments come following WHO warning over the country’s ‘very concerning’ coronavirus situation. The president of Tanzania has urged its citizens to take preventive measures against the coronavirus after downplaying the disease for months and claiming it had been defeated by prayers. Speaking during a Sunday church mass in the capital Dodoma, President […]

Argentina’s president decries ‘unforgivable’ vaccine scandal

The health minister resigned late on Friday after reports he helped people jump the queue to receive coronavirus jabs. The president of Argentina has decried an “unforgivable” COVID-19 vaccine scandal that prompted the resignation of the country’s health minister. Gines Gonzalez Garcia stepped down on Friday after reports surfaced that he had aided people in […]

Biden set to make first public outing on world stage as president

President Joe Biden will make his first major public foray onto the global stage as president on Friday, attending a G-7 summit and addressing the Munich Security Council. Biden is expected to discuss the global response to COVID-19, stress coordination in responding to Russia and China, and the Iran nuclear deal during the two events. […]

Algeria: President Tebboune calls for dissolution of Parliament

DEVELOPING STORY Tebboune added he would announce a government reshuffle in the next 24 to 48 hours. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has called for the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament and early legislative elections. “I decided to dissolve the assembly and call elections to build a new institution,” he said on Thursday in […]

Zanzibar Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad dies

Seif Sharif Hamad, 77, had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in a Dar-es-Salaam hospital when he died. Zanzibar’s 77-year-old First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad, who had been undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in hospital, has died. “Hamad died this morning at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam where he was hospitalised,” Husein Mwinyi, president of the […]

Philippine president approves amnesty program for rebels

Indonesia gets tough on COVID-19 vaccine skeptics as phase two of inoculations begins JAKARTA: Indonesia’s government said it will impose a series of progressive sanctions on individuals who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The penalties include fines, the withdrawal of social aid and the loss of access to administrative and public services. The second […]

Nigeria: President Buhari names new anti-corruption chief

Appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa comes after his predecessor was dismissed over allegations of fraud. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, after his predecessor was dismissed over allegations of fraud including misuse of seized assets. The presidency named Abdulrasheed Bawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial […]

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sama Lukonde Kyenge as PM

Kyenge, head of state mining company Gecamines, replaces Ilunga Ilunkamba who lost a vote of no confidence last month. President Felix Tshisekedi has named the head of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) state mining company as the new prime minister, capping a series of political victories over his once-dominant predecessor, Joseph Kabila. The […]

Carlos Menem, former president of Argentina, dies aged 90

Menem, who served as president from 1989 to 1999, had been hospitalised for pneumonia several times in recent months. Argentina’s former President Carlos Menem has died at age 90 in Buenos Aires, the country’s Telam news agency and other media outlets reported on Sunday. Menem, who served two terms as president from 1989 to 1999 […]

Former Argentine president of Syrian descent Carlos Menem dies

KABUL:  A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban on Sunday rejected a report that the group’s elusive supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, was killed in a blast in Pakistan. “This report is utterly fake and far from reality…We reject this report…the enemy is under pressure and is trying to create worry by spreading such rumors,” Zabihullah […]

Mexico president warns against believing US now has ‘open doors’

Lopez Obrador urged migrants not to believe traffickers who tell them they could get US legal status immediately.  Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that migrants who believe the “doors are open” to the United States, now that Joe Biden is president, are wrong. Lopez Obrador urged migrants not to believe traffickers […]

Belarus president, leader since 1994, says he has too much power

Lukashenko, who faces protests against his rule, has promised a referendum on the constitution, but his opponents condemn the move as a sham. Alexander Lukashenko, the embattled Belarusian president who has ruled the country for 27 years, has said his position wields too much power as he promised a referendum on constitutional reforms next year. […]

‘It was a dream’: The day Egyptians overthrew a president

On February 11, 2011, after 18 days of protests demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, elation filled the streets of Egypt. Then-Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak’s resignation on state television, saying: “In the difficult circumstances our country is facing, President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak has decided to give up the office of […]

Haiti police clash with protesters as president targets judges

Police fired tear gas on hundreds of people marching against President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince and attacked journalists. Police in Haiti fired tear gas on hundreds of protesters who were marching against President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince and attacked journalists covering the demonstration on Wednesday, in the latest clashes amid a continuing political crisis. The […]

Ecuador’s outgoing president urges quick and accurate vote count

Uncertainty persists days after presidential election over second candidate who will participate in an April run-off. The outgoing president of Ecuador has urged the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) to deliver accurate election results quickly, as uncertainty persists over the second candidate who will participate in an April run-off. Lenin Moreno, who did not seek […]

Honduran president target of US investigation, court filings show

Reuters news agency says court filing does not say what the Honduran president, a key US ally, is being investigated for. United States prosecutors are investigating Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, according to a new court filing seen by the Reuters news agency, piling pressure on a leader who prosecutors have already accused in court […]

Somali opposition leaders ‘no longer recognise president’

Somalia’s opposition leaders say they no longer recognise President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed after his term expired without a political agreement on a path towards elections to replace him. The Horn of Africa nation was supposed to hold indirect elections before February 8, but the deadline was missed as the central government and federal states failed […]

Haiti president says he is staying put amid dispute over term

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has again brushed off criticism from opposition leaders and human rights groups who say his presidency expires on Sunday, insisting that his five-year mandate ends in February 2022. Moise, who has been governing without any checks on his power for the past year, said his term ends on February 7, 2022 […]

A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden

WASHINGTON — A veteran C.I.A. analyst who had led President Biden’s in-person briefings in the opening days of the administration is no longer doing so, intelligence officials said Saturday. The duties of the briefer typically included coordinating work across 18 intelligence agencies, in what is known as mission integration, and overseeing the assembly of the […]

US urges polls in Haiti but says president can stay until 2022

Opposition and activists want unpopular Haitian President Jovenel Moise to leave office by Sunday as political turmoil deepens. The United States has accepted unpopular Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s claim to hold power for another year but urged restraint and fresh elections. Moise has been governing without any checks on his power for the past year […]