• Photo News: Buhari hosts ECOWAS president in Abuja

    27/May/2016 // 523 Viewers

    R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari receives President Ecowas Commission, Marcel A. DE Souza and Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, Edward Singhatey during ECOWAS President Courtesy Call to the Presidential Villa on Thursday.

     

    Photo: Buhari receives ECOWAS president

    R-L; Director of Cabinet, Ambassador Abel Agbebleo, Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Kadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim, President Muhammadu Buhari receives President Ecowas Commission, H.E. Marcel A. DE Souza, Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Edward Singhatey and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Mrs Halima Ahmed, Commissioner for Finance, Allieu Sesay during ECOWAS President Courtesy Call to the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

     


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  • As Nigeria's recession takes hold, Buhari's shine wanes - AFP

    27/Nov/2016 // 222 Viewers

     

    Lagos (AFP) - It's not Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's fault that Nigeria's economy is inextricably tied to the global price of oil, now half of its 2014 peak of over $100 per barrel.

    But the president's response to the economic crisis has a growing number of people concerned that he doesn't have what it takes to rescue Nigeria from recession.

    Warning signs appeared early. Buhari took six months after being elected to name a finance minister, then vowed not to "kill the naira" by devaluing it, against expert advice and with nefarious consequences.

    His seemingly lackadaisical attitude to the crashing economy spooked investors who worried that he was ignoring the crisis.

    Now critics are coming from all sides. In October, Buhari's wife Aisha told the BBC that she may not back him in the next election, suggesting that his government had been hijacked and he had lost control.

    Buhari's response, that his wife "belongs to my kitchen", made Nigerians cringe. But what he said next was, politically, more revealing.

    "It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties to participate in the government," Buhari said.

    He can say that again. Over the past month, the president has repeatedly been stonewalled by lawmakers who want the executive to be more transparent about his economic policies and plans.

    Early this month, Nigeria's Senate rejected Buhari's attempt to take on almost $30 billion in external borrowing to fund his record budget "due to lack of documents" supporting his request.

    The Senate also "expressed surprise" at the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, who said it was considering jailing or fining people for holding dollars in an unconventional strategy designed to address a foreign currency shortage in the country.

    "The measure is disruptive and counter productive, threatening to undermine many of the reform efforts... intended to boost investor confidence," the Senate said in a press statement Monday.

    - 'Policy paralysis' -

    "The president is having difficulty making any kind of legislative headway," John Ashbourne, economist at Capital Economics, told AFP.

    "It adds to the sense that there's policy paralysis and when the economy is facing a difficult time we need some action. We can't get that if Buhari isn't able to negotiate."

    Nigeria's economy contracted in the third quarter by 2.2 percent, with rebels in the oil-producing southern swamplands continuing to attack pipelines and businesses struggling to access foreign exchange.

    "I think the recession is really starting to hurt," Razia Khan, Africa economist at Standard Chartered Bank, said.

    "With the current shortage of foreign exchange clearly having a detrimental effect on growth, there is little evidence of any meaningful policy initiative that might be able to resolve this," Khan said.

    "There is a concern that there isn't enough momentum, not enough is being done."

    Ideally, Buhari's expansionary budget would have boosted growth. But the fiscal stimulus isn't materialising.

    In October, the budget ministry said it was facing unanticipated revenue shortfalls and that it had spent only a little more than half of what was allocated for 2016.

    Revenue shortfalls will persist as long as militants continue sabotaging the oil and gas infrastructure.

    Today Nigeria's oil production is 1.6 million barrels per day, down 22 percent from the same period in 2015, with no signs the sabotage will stop.

    - 'Military ruler' -

    Talks with the militants in the south have been unsuccessful so far.

    "President Buhari and his government have so far failed to hold constructive talks with militants," Rhidoy Rashid, oil analyst at Energy Aspects, said in a recent note.

    "The Nigerian military has also continued its operations in the Delta, inflaming tensions while failing to disrupt the militants."

    Investors are rattled and want to see a more concrete plan from Buhari's government, said Manji Cheto, risk analyst at Teneo Intelligence.

    "I believe he continues to act as if he's a military ruler, there is a perception that has undermined the ability of policy makers within his government to take decisions," Cheto said.

    "I genuinely think that he's pretty much run out of his goodwill."

    Some polls are already reflecting that sentiment. Last year around this time, Buhari enjoyed an 80 percent approval rating, reported analysis firm BMI Research.

    Compare that to this September, when his approval rating hit just 41 percent, with voters bearing the brunt of 18 percent inflation, slow business and sputtering electricity, the result of lower oil and gas output.


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  • Something big is about to happen in Nigeria; what I see is total confusion - Dele Momodu

    27/Nov/2016 // 9470 Viewers

     

    Fellow Nigerians, something big is about to happen in our dear beloved country. I wish I could foretell a pleasant development. I truly wish. But what I see is total confusion. I refuse to see mayhem out of faith and not by conviction. I’m praying, fasting and hoping that our benevolent God would avert yet another dangerous crisis hovering over our great country. Nigeria has suffered too much since attaining Independence in the year of our Lord 1960. We have tried all sorts of permutations and configurations but nothing has work to our collective benefit. Each time we thought we were close to Eldorado, something came from the blues to dash our hopes and put us all into absolute disarray.

    I sometimes wonder who we have offended as a people and a country. Why are we so jinxed? A gracious God actually provided us with everything we needed to make our lives as comfortable as we wanted or desired. God did not just provide us with what was necessary for existence HE lavished upon us goodies that many nations crave for but have never seen. However, for some unbeknown reason we chose to be a country of excruciating pain and debilitating agony.

    We have tried scholars, mediocres and even stark illiterates in government, none has taken us far. What exactly is the matter with us? This is a question begging for answer. The resolution may well be our salvation.

    I have gone through this preamble for one major reason. Say what you will about former President Olusegun Matthew Okikiolakan Aremu Obasanjo, he is one man who knows Nigeria inside out. If you like, call him tempestuous, egocentric, cantankerous, or what have you, but you cannot remove the word patriotism from his qualifiers. He is a one-man riot squad. He is a true General who is not afraid of battles, never mind wars. When he talks, the world listens, no matter what he says, or how he says it.

    The trick he used to acquire such respectability was simple. As our military Head of State, General Obasanjo voluntarily handed over power to a civilian government at a time it wasn’t fashionable to do such. If he wanted, he could have engaged in a merry-go-round transition programme but he was very smart by presenting the image of a lover of democracy to the world. Everyone, especially, the Western powers, applauded him for that singular action. He has reaped the reward many times over and indeed is still enjoying the accolade and plaudits that are a consequence of his rare feat.

    Also, General Obasanjo earnestly attracted and surrounded himself with some of our greatest names in academia and started his regular summits in Ota farm where he promptly established a humongous poultry farm. This was how he began his own personal intellectualisation process as well. He was thus able to transfigure from a rambunctious dictator to a world statesman. In fact, he was close to becoming the United Nations Secretary General. He travelled the globe several times over. At a time, he was trailing only The Madiba, Nelson Mandela, in popularity. He became the voice of our continent and was invited to chair many international occasions and bodies.

    Obasanjo seized every opportunity presented to him with both hands. He catapulted himself very skilfully to the pinnacle of leadership in his home country, Nigeria, and became almost indispensable in matters of governance. Obasanjo’s ability to speak up boldly and vociferously completed his transformation into the consciousness and conscience of our complex and complicated country. He criticised every government that came after him but met his nemesis in General Sani Abacha who brooked no rascality from any quarter. Before one could say Jack Robinson, Abacha had roped Obasanjo into some phantom plot to unseat him and pronto Obasanjo landed in an unfriendly archipelago of a prison where he languished forlornly before he was mysteriously freed several years later. His former deputy, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua wasn’t that lucky. He died in prison under strange circumstances. No one ever expected such an ugly fate to befall these highly esteemed and gargantuan leaders but this is Nigeria, a country of all possibilities.

    As fate would have it, Obasanjo’s excruciating stint in prison was compensated by the Nigerian Mafia after a short while following the demise of both General Sani Abacha and the man who had won the fairest election in Nigeria, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. It is interesting that Obasanjo inherited all the goodwill and sacrifices of Abiola, his kinsman, but yet never expressed gratitude or appreciation to his saviour and benefactor. That is a story for another time.

    Obasanjo was unceremoniously freed from imprisonment and recalled from retirement to lead the People’s Democratic Party. By then, Obasanjo had become dressed in the robe of invincibility. In a jiffy, he won the election against a very cerebral economist, Chief Oluyemisi Falae and instantly became one of Africa’s most powerful leaders and secured another fist of being a former military dictator turned civilian autocrat.

    For eight blistering years, whilst Obasanjo was at the helm of affairs of this country, he swiftly moved to stamp his authority not just on our nation but also on world affairs. He assembled a very formidable team. His economic blueprint was awesome. He was somehow able to pay off our debts, although the jury is still out on the practical effect of the debt forgiveness deal that went hand in glove with this. He embarked on aggressive infrastructure development. Everything was going well for his government. His vast knowledge of Nigeria and the world came in handy for him. He looked poised to truly create a new and greater Nigeria. But there was a snag.

    Obasanjo and his Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who incidentally turned 70 just yesterday (I congratulate and rejoice with him), engaged in a debilitating war of attrition that exposed their government to incredible perils as things fell apart. We all watched incredulously as things spiralled out of control. Obasanjo unleashed terror against known and imaginary enemies. His most effective weapon then was the war against corruption. A war that now seems to have come full circle! Two powerful agencies, EFCC and ICPC, helped to pursue the sinners and saints alike with the agility of a thoroughbred warhorse and the savageness of a wounded lion. No one dared challenge that government.

    Time flew at the speed of light. Before long, it was obvious that a third term agenda was being laid and hatched from the innermost recesses of Aso Rock to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly. Many legislators were being coaxed or coerced into assenting to a bill to change the Nigerian Constitution and set the stage for the possibility of a third or more terms in power for the President. Somehow, this ambitious plan was torpedoed and Obasanjo and his acolytes abandoned the ship of third term and started singing a new song.

    It remains a mystery how Obasanjo arrived at his decision to force Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Nigeria as President and Vice President respectively. A party that paraded Governor Donald Duke, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealla, Governor Bukola Saraki, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and many others threw up this less than sparkling combination. Though Yar’Adua appeared to be a good leader, his ill-health would soon prove fatal and he couldn’t do more than his weak strength could carry. The mantle of power fell on the laps of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, a university scholar who was expected to push his team hard in some key sectors. That dream also evaporated.

    The ubiquitous godfather, General Obasanjo, would soon emerge from the grove he had retreated into and shred Jonathan, his cohorts and his party into smithereens. It is difficult to decipher what truly went awry between them but one thing led to another and the falcon could no longer hear the falconer. And that was the beginning of the end. Had Jonathan known, maybe he should have done everything under the sun to offer Obasanjo whatever pacifier was needed and necessary. Obasanjo soon assembled a group of strange bedfellows in his bid to get rid of Jonathan, by fire by force. The strangest face at his Hilltop mansion, in Abeokuta, was that of his former sworn enemy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Somehow, they were able to brew the concoction that finally killed the ruling party and usher in another former enemy, General Muhammadu Buhari. Many of us provided the media platforms for this conspiracy forged in Hades out of our deep frustration with the manner Jonathan ran the affairs of our nation.

    Anyway, Buhari took power and many things have happened. Nigeria has eventually and ostensibly entered an unprecedented recession. No one has a clue of how long it would take before we are out of the woods. The voodoo economists have been busy cooking up cocktails upon cocktails of economic experiments but none has resolved the intractable crisis.

    I had predicted that the romance between Buhari and Obasanjo would soon evaporate and many of my friends doubted. I’m sure they did not know Obasanjo and his uncommon antecedents well. Put a gun to his throat, Obasanjo would still gasp like a stricken chicken but muster enough stamina to spit out and regurgitate whatever he had in mind to say.

    Now the chicken has come home to roost and it seems the same man that invented the pencil can also quite easily manufacture the eraser. Obasanjo has started talking in sinister overtones. Tinubu has gone quiet and cleverly eased himself out of circulation. I don’t know who is deadlier, a voluble Obasanjo or a taciturn Tinubu.

    I can see some of Buhari’s guys trying to take on both men. I read an article credited to Dr Kayode Fayemi on a certain platform and I prayed it was pure fabrication and not an interview he actually granted. It is gratifying to note that my friend has since come out to deny authorship of this Satanic Verses!

    It is too early in the tenure of this government to begin the hocus-pocus of re-election. Nigeria is dangerously haemorrhaging to death on all fronts and what we need is urgent rescue not electoral rhetoric. All this in-fighting won’t do us any good. The political pugilists should please save Nigeria from this fiendish war of egos. No matter what happens, Buhari should cool temper and manage his benefactors. Even if the leper cannot squeeze out milk from a cow, he can spill out the ones already produced.

    No one is above the law but Nigeria deserves some respite after a long period of higgledy-piggledy. All men and women of good conscience should beg our powerful forces to allow President Buhari and his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN to run their full course of four years out of which two are almost gone.

    As for me and my house, I’m willing to exercise some patience hoping that a miracle can still happen in the life of this government. If nothing tangible occurs by the end of next year, then let Nigerians start working on how to assemble a new team and strive to attract our best materials from every part of the world. It can be done and it should be done. I have seen examples of the giant strides being made by young African leaders in Rwanda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Tanzania and Senegal. Ours should not be too different, after all we remain the Giant of Africa!


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  • Rival groups kill six hostages in tit-for-tat CAR violence

    27/Oct/2015 // 187 Viewers

    © Lassa Kossangué | Residents in the Central African Republic capital Bangui survey the aftermath of protests on October 27, 2015, over the abduction of three Christian men who were later killed

    Three hostages seized in Central African Republic this week were killed and three more seized later by another group were killed as well, apparently in retaliation, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Three officials from the mostly Muslim Seleka alliance were attacked while driving through a neighbourhood controlled by the rival militia on Monday.

    Later the same day, three young Christians working in a Muslim enclave of the capital, Bangui, called PK5, were abducted in an apparent act of revenge, residents said.

    The twin incidents risk derailing talks aimed at restoring order in the tumultuous country, where the former colonial power France and other international allies are pushing for elections this year. The Seleka members had been participating in the talks, convened by the interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza.

    Security minister and government spokesman Dominique Said Paguindj said all six hostages had been killed. So had another person whose identity was unclear.

    “Seven people are dead since yesterday, including the Seleka officials and the young people from Lakouanga,” he told Reuters. He did not comment on the identity of the killers.

    Sectarian violence erupted in Central African Republic in early 2013, when Seleka rebels briefly seized power in the majority Muslim country, sparking reprisal attacks from the so-called anti-balaka militia. French and U.N. peacekeeping forces have failed to restore order.

    On Tuesday, hundreds of young people erected barricades made of lead pipes and wooden planks in the second district of Bangui to protest the Christian men’s abduction. They were later dispersed by security forces.

    Tensions have been running high in the capital since late September, when a Muslim man was murdered, setting off a fresh explosion of reprisal attacks that killed 77 people.

    Political sources in Central African Republic said that the assassination of the Seleka members was surprising, since they belonged to a moderate faction known as Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC), composed mostly of ethnic Peuhls.

    The missing men included the UPC’s spokesman, Ahmat Nejad, and its secretary-general, Ahssan Bouba. The abductions come just days after anti-balaka militiamen briefly seized a senior figure in the transitional government outside Bangui.

    (REUTERS, DAILYGLOBEWATCH)


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  • Indian all-woman UN peacekeepers to depart Liberia in February

    28/Jan/2016 // 160 Viewers

    JANUARY 28, 2016: (DGW) The Indian contingent of  all-woman UN peacekeepers deployed to the war-torn West African nation of Liberia has prepared to depart the country next month, DailyGlobeWatch can authoritatively reveal.

    The Indian contingent, sources told our reporter in Monrovia,  has been in the country on a tour of duty for the past nine years and in fact the first ever all-woman police unit in  UN peace-keeping history.

    In a valedictory ceremony held on Tuesday, President Ellen Johnson thanked the Indian women peacekeepers for their invaluable contribution in inspiring Liberian women since their arrival in the country since 2007.

    Her words:''The contribution you have made in inspiring Liberian women, imparting in them the spirit of professionalism and encouraging them to join operations that protect the nation; for that we will always be grateful. Our security service now has 17 per cent women – we owe all that to you because it was not even one percent a few years ago. And these women want to emulate you in the way you’ve served this country.

    Also speaking at the ceremony organized to honour the departing contingent, Banki Moon UN Secretary General represented by Farid Zarif commended the all-woman police unit for the legacy of dedicated service it gave the Liberia National Police and indeed the Liberian people.

    Said Zarif, “You should be proud that by your presence, you have made a tremendous contribution to bringing greater stability, confidence and assisting in the strengthening of the capacities of the Liberia National Police.

    Continuing the Liberian President Ellen Johnson said, “If I had my will, I would have recommended for another unit of the United Nations Mission in Liberia to leave so that the Indian Formed Police Unit would continue its stay in the country for the time being.

     

     
     


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  • Kenya arrests two Iranians suspected of planning attacks: ministry

    28/Nov/2015 // 190 Viewers

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan security forces have arrested two Iranian men on suspicion of planning attacks in Nairobi, the Interior Ministry and Kenyan media reported on Saturday.

    The two men had planned to attack hotels in the Kenyan capital used by tourists, business executives and diplomats, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said, according to a report carried by the website of Kenya's Daily Nation.

    Kenya has suffered from a series of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, a Sunni Muslim group that has said its assaults are aimed at driving Kenyan troops and other members of an African Union force out of Somalia.

    There was no indication of any link to the latest arrests in the ministry statements. At least one of the Iranians was identified as a Shi'ite Muslim, the predominant sect in Iran.

    "Two Iranians arrested by KE (Kenyan) security agencies with a plan to mount a terror attack in NBI (Nairobi). The plan was foiled and suspects arrested," the ministry wrote on Twitter.

    An Interior Ministry official confirmed the report.

    The ministry identified the two men as Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, describing him as a "senior figure" in the Nairobi Shi'ite community. It named the other as 25-year-old Yassin Sambai Juma, saying he was also from Nairobi and describing him as a "recruit".

    The two men "have admitted to conspiring to mount terror attacks" in Kenya, the ministry added on Twitter.

    Boinnet said Louw admitted to recruiting young Kenyans to spy and mount attacks, Daily Nation reported.

    In 2013, two Iranian men were sentenced to life in prison by a Kenyan court for planning to carry out bombings in the country.

    In 2014, a court ordered an Iranian man and woman held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a fine after admitting to using fake Israeli passports to enter Kenya. They had been detained on suspicion of planning an attack, but officials did not say if those suspicions were laid to rest.

     

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  • Breaking News: Early election results hand victory to Ivory Coast incumbent Ouattara

    28/Oct/2015 // 231 Viewers

    © AFP | Incumbent Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara pictured in Abidjan on October 25, 2015.
     
    Ivory Coast’s incumbent president, Alassane Ouattara, has a commanding lead in last weekend’s election, early results released on Tuesday showed.
     
    Ouattara, the clear favourite to win a second five-year term, won between 85.07 and 99.26 percent of votes in results for the first six of 31 regions, announced by the electoral commission on state television.
     
    Peaceful, transparent elections could help the West African country to turn the page on a 2011 civil war and a decade-long political crisis.
     
    Since Ouattara took power in 2011, the world’s top cocoa grower has become a regional economic powerhouse, luring in investors where other African economies have struggled under a global slump in commodities prices.
     
    Several opposition candidates had alleged fraud in the run-up to Sunday’s vote, but observers have given the election a clean bill of health.


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  • 'Mass killings and cannibalism' in South Sudan, says African Union

    28/Oct/2015 // 147 Viewers

    © Pawel Krzysiek, AFP | A hand-out photo released by the International Committee of the Red Cross shows a boy standing in front of a burnt house on May 23, 2015

    African Union investigators discovered mass graves in South Sudan and found evidence of horrific crimes, including forced cannibalism, according to a long-awaited report.

    President Salva Kiir's faction in the conflict is also accused of recruiting an irregular tribal force before the outbreak of war in December 2013.

    The report, released late Tuesday, also disputes that there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former Vice President Riek Machar. Government troops carried out organized killings of members of the ethnic Nuer in Juba, the capital, the report said. When violence broke out, Machar, a Nuer, became a rebel leader. He and Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, recently signed a peace agreement.

    The African Union investigators, led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, found that the conflict began on Dec. 15, 2013, as a skirmish broke out between Dinka and Nuer soldiers of the presidential guard following political tension between Kiir and Machar, who had been fired as Kiir's deputy the previous July.

    The report was scheduled for release months ago but its release was delayed by the African Union's Peace and Security Council.

    Hundreds of Nuer men were rounded up and shot, and mass graves were discovered. Perpetrators - described as government forces or their allies - allegedly tortured their victims, including by forcing them to jump in fires or eat human flesh, according to the report.

    The killings were "an organized military operation that could not have been successful without concerted efforts from various actors in the military and government circles," the report said. "Roadblocks or checkpoints were established all around Juba and house to house searches were undertaken by security forces. During this operation male Nuers were targeted, identified, killed on the spot or gathered in one place and killed."

    The report said Minister of Defense Kuol Manyang Juuk described a shadowy "group (that had) organized itself as Rescue the President. It killed most people here (in Juba) - from 15th to 18th. It was even more powerful than organized forces."

    The group comprised some Dinka soldiers who had been mobilized following a 2012 border crisis with northern neighbor Sudan. Some of these soldiers were moved south to Kiir's private farm near Juba in 2013 and later participated in the killings, the report said, citing interviews with informants.

    Amid the Juba killings, Machar fled the capital and mobilized an insurgency which committed revenge attacks against the Dinka, sparking a cycle of violence in Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu towns which also included rape and murder of people in churches and hospitals, according to the report. Those revenge attacks occurred so quickly they were also likely coordinated, it added.

    Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement in August but fighting continues.

    (AP)


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  • Tens of thousands protest against Congo president’s bid to extend rule

    28/Sep/2015 // 175 Viewers

    Laudes Martial Mbon, AFP | A man holds a placard reading 'Congo is not the property of N'Guesso' during an opposition demonstration in Brazzaville on September 27, 2015

    Tens of thousands gathered in Republic of Congo’s capital on Sunday to voice their opposition to possible constitutional changes that would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his decades-long rule in elections next year.

    Protesters, some carrying signs reading “Sassou Out” and “Congo does not belong to Nguesso”, began flooding into the streets of Brazzaville in the morning, hours ahead of the afternoon rally in the city centre.

    Sassou Nguesso, 71, who has ruled oil-producing Congo for 32 years in two separate spells in office, is banned by the current constitution from seeking another term.

    However, he announced last week he would call a referendum on changes that could include raising the maximum age for presidential candidates and scrapping the two-term limit.

    “The day President Sassou announces the date of the referendum, we will call upon you and we, ourselves, will be in front of you,” Andre Okombi Salissa, a former ally of the president who has come out against the proposed changes, told the crowd.

    Organisers claimed that over 300,000 people attended the rally on Boulevard Alfred Raoul. There were no immediate police estimates of the crowd’s size.

    Leaders in a number of African nations have been trying to change constitutions to override term limits.

    Burkina Faso’s longtime ruler Blaise Compaore was forced to step down and flee the country last year when he attempted to force through constitutional changes.

    “If the people want to march in the streets, they are right to do so, because marches are their last means of expression when the rights, their demands are not satisfied,” said Felix Matoko, who attended Sunday’s rally.

    (REUTERS)


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  • HRW urges Tunisia to free man jailed for homosexuality

    28/Sep/2015 // 124 Viewers

    AFP/File | A Tunisian police car in Sousse, where a youth was detained and later jailed for homosexuality
    TUNIS (AFP) - 
    Human Rights Watch called on the Tunisian authorities on Monday to free a 22-year-old student jailed last week for homosexuality and to repeal the law that criminalises consensual sodomy.

    "The Tunisian government should not be prosecuting people for private and consensual sexual acts," said HRW's deputy Middle East and North Africa director Eric Goldstein.

    "If Tunisia truly aspires to be a regional leader on human rights, it should lead the way in decriminalising homosexual conduct."

    The youth had been detained on September 6 in the Mediterranean resort area of Sousse for questioning in connection with a murder after his telephone number was found on the victim, lawyer Fadoua Braham said.

    He denied any involvement in the murder but admitted to having had sexual relations with the victim.

    "Another statement was drawn up and my client had to undergo an anal exam against his will," she said.

    HRW condemned the use of forensic anal examinations of people suspected of homosexual acts and called on Tunisia to halt them immediately.

    "Such examinations are intrusive, invasive, and amount to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that violates international law," it said.

    ? 2015 AFP


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