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Government in West Africa

  • Liberia: Weaah, Boakai up for runoff

    LIBERIA, 2017/10/16 With 74 % of total votes in the October presidential election tallied, it is obvious that the two frontrunners, George Manneh Weagh of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change and Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ruling Unity Party are poised to go for a runoff.According to the results announced Saturday by National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome Korkoya, Weah accumulated 441,830 or 39.2 % of the 1,193,331 votes tallied, while Joseph Boakai obtained 334,162 or 29.6 % of the votes.
  • After stability under Sirleaf, Liberians long for more from next leader

    LIBERIA, 2017/10/09 As Liberia goes to the polls on Tuesday, some see ex-footballer George Weah as the man to provide jobs and proper housing.
  • UN envoy calls for swift introduction of term limits to prevent crisis

    TOGO, 2017/09/10 Togo must go the way of other West African nations and swiftly limit presidential terms to two if it wants to prevent protests escalating into a political crisis, the United Nations envoy to the region said on Saturday. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the completed three days to request that President Faure Gnassingbe step aside, in the majority critical challenge to his family’s 50-year ruling dynasty since the death of his father in 2005.
  • Faure Gnassingbe has nothing new to offer Togo after 12 years

    TOGO, 2017/09/09 “I believe whatever he (Faure Gnassingbe) has to do in terms of development, whatever ideas he has, he must have exhausted them by presently, unless he has something new that we do not know,” this is the view of ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on the unfolding political crisis in Togo. He as well adds that it is significant that the Togolese leader takes concrete action on the anti-government protests that has rocked the country. “I believe that President Faure Gnassingbe will have to do something about it,” Obasanjo told the BBC Africa service on Friday. On the question of whether the 52-year-old should step down as demanded by protesters, Obasanjo said, I believe he should have a new constitution that will have limits to the number of terms that anybody can be president and he should abide by that.
  • The State of the Race - It Is George Weah's to Lose

    LIBERIA, 2017/08/23 The soccer icon has shown he is better prepared in these elections than most people expected, accoding to political consultant, Robin Lee Tarpeh. Tarpeh says Weah has been able to "plan properly and raise [additional] resources for his campaign". Presently that campaigning for the 2017 elections have finally open, there is a need for us, the pundits, to assess the race and provide our perspectives as to where things stand. Without going any further let me clarify that these elections will produce no "dark horses"; the winners are known candidates.
  • Military Chief's Visits to Media Institution Is a Positive Step in Gambia

    GAMBIA, 2017/08/18 The visits by the Chief of Defense Staff Lt General Masanneh Kinteh to media institutions is a positive step. The visit is meant "to further cement the by presently existing cordial relationship between GAF and media establishments in the country."
  • Nigeria: Law and the Politics of Buhari's Return

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/11 A few days ago, a handful of Nigerians led by Charles Oputa aka Charlie Boy, the eccentric -or better enfant terrible- son of the late legal luminary, Justice Chukwudifa Oputa staged a 'peaceful' turmoil in Abuja calling on President Buhari to discontinue his medical treatment in London and resume office or he should resign forthwith. This is in spite of the fact that there is no subsisting law, constitutional or statutory, which obligates the President not to exceed a certain time limit while on medical vacation anywhere. It is as well in spite of the fact that the ailing President has since done the needful -constitutionally- by handing over power to the Vice President, Osimbajo on each of the two occasions he had to embark on his medical vacation abroad.
  • Liberian Supreme Court justices and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    LIBERIA, 2017/08/11 A legal wrangle between the lower home of Liberia's National Legislature and the Supreme Court heightened Thursday at the same time as the Home of Representatives rejected a motion for prohibition filed by the supreme Court against impeachment proceedings by the Home of Representatives The hardly-contentious affair recorded 27 votes in favor, four against and two abstentions.
  • Liberian Security Forces Train for Upcoming Elections

    LIBERIA, 2017/08/11 Ahead of the October 10 2017 general elections, security personnel are participating in a series of training sessions in electoral security with support of the multi-donor basket fund in cooperation with the Liberia National Police and the National Elections Commission. The training which is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Ireland, Sweden and Canada was meant to boost the capacity of the National Elections Commissions so that peaceful elections are held. Security is a key component in credible elections and police officers are taking part in a number of modules that will increase their considerate of best practice electoral policing, assist police manage the demands of Election Day policing and enhance considerate of electoral procedures in ranks.
  • Ivory Coast's Ouattara replaces key ministers in reshuffle

    ABIDJAN, 2017/07/20 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara restored ministers in charge of defence, budget and the interior on Wednesday in a reshuffle of key cabinet positions following months of unrest, a government official announced in a statement. The world's top cocoa producer has endured waves of army mutinies and public sector strikes this year that have cost it hundreds of millions of dollars in pay-outs and squeezed a budget by presently under stress from a drop in export revenues.