Category Archives: Politics

Sassou Expected to Extend 36-Year Rule as Congo Republic Votes

Polls opened in Congo Republic on Sunday, with President Denis Sassou Nguesso widely expected to extend his 36-year rule despite an economic crisis in the Central African oil producer. With Sassou’s grip on power firm, diplomats and analysts doubt an…

Cameroon Election of Octogenarians to Top Posts Draws Mixed Reactions

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – There have been mixed reactions in Cameroon to 88-year-old President Paul Biya’s orders that his party-dominated upper and lower houses of Parliament reelect officials who are over 80 years old to top positions. According to the cen…

Samia Suluhu Hassan Becomes Tanzania’s First Woman President

Friday marked a new chapter of leadership in Tanzania as the first-ever female president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, took the oath of office.The inauguration was witnessed by members of the cabinet and former presidents at the statehouse in Dar es Salaam.Th…

Samia Hassan Poised to Become Tanzania’s First Woman President

Following Wednesday’s death of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, attention is shifting to his successor.The next in line, according to Tanzania’s Constitution, is the vice president. That would make Samia Suluhu Hassan the first female leader of the E…

Foreign Enablers Continue to Fuel Syria’s Conflict, UN Says

U.N. investigators call for greater international action to end the impunity prevailing in Syria, which is hindering efforts to find a durable peace for the country’s decade-long conflict. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria ha…

IPU Report: Women Still Underrepresented in Parliaments Worldwide

A report coinciding with International Women’s Day on Monday finds the number of women parliamentarians globally is increasing, but so slightly that it barely dents the global male-dominated system.The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports more than one qu…