Kenya's Democracy

Three Reasons Why Kenya’s Democracy Triumphed

Edi­tor’s Note: The August 2022 Kenya pres­i­den­tial elec­tion result­ed in a dis­pute that was resolved by the Supreme Court. Con­trary to pre­dic­tions that the dis­pute may result in vio­lence, the sit­u­a­tion end­ed with a peace­ful trans­fer of pow­er from the admin­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Uhu­ru Keny­at­ta to a new admin­is­tra­tion led by for­mer Deputy Pres­i­dent William…

Kenya’s Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Election Results

In a sweep­ing rejec­tion of claims that the Aug. 9 vote had been rigged, the court con­firmed Vice Pres­i­dent William Ruto as the country’s fifth pres­i­dent. NAIROBI, Kenya — The Supreme Court of Kenya on Mon­day upheld the elec­tion of William Ruto as pres­i­dent, end­ing an acri­mo­nious court­room bat­tle over dis­put­ed results from the Aug.…

Angola’s Ruling Party, MPLA, Retains Power in Tightest Election Yet

The Pop­u­lar Move­ment for the Lib­er­a­tion of Ango­la won in the gen­er­al elec­tion with the low­est mar­gin since com­ing to pow­er in 1975. LUANDA, Ango­la — Angola’s rul­ing par­ty on Mon­day was declared the win­ner of the gen­er­al elec­tion, but it was its weak­est show­ing in the five elec­tions that have tak­en place since the country…

The Guardian view on the US in Africa: a better tone, but what next? | Editorial

The Guardian view on the US in Africa: a bet­ter tone, but what next? Edi­to­r­i­al Though the sec­re­tary of state struck the right note on his three-nation tour, it will take more than rhetoric to strength­en part­ner­ships on the con­ti­nent The only way was up. When Don­ald Trump wasn’t den­i­grat­ing “shit­hole coun­tries”, his admin­is­tra­tion showed little…

Liberia National Day Graced by Colo. Political, Community Leaders 

AURORA (Africa News Mat­ters) – On the evening of Sat­ur­day, July 30, natives, friends, and well-wish­ers of the African nation of Liberia filled the cor­ri­dors and ball­room of the Hol­i­day Inn Express in Auro­ra to cel­e­brate 175 years since its inde­pen­dence.  For­mer­ly a US ter­ri­to­ry, Liberia was found­ed by freed Amer­i­can slaves on July 26,…

President Biden Announces U.S. — Africa Leaders Summit

DENVER (Africa News Mat­ters) — There are no doubts about the strate­gic impor­tance of the African con­ti­nent to the world’s super­pow­ers. Just as Rus­sia, Chi­na, and India have upped the ante in rela­tions with African nations, the Unit­ed States, con­sid­ered gross­ly lag­ging in its strate­gic rela­tions with the con­ti­nent, appears ready to change its ways. The Obama…

Somalia’s Newly Elected President Assumes Office

Mogadishu, Soma­lia —  Has­san Sheikh Mohamud offi­cial­ly took office in the Horn of Africa coun­try after a han­dover cer­e­mo­ny in Mogadishu. A week ago, Mohamud won the pres­i­den­cy after an intense elec­tion, defeat­ing Mohamed Abdul­lahi Mohamed, known as Far­ma­jo, in a third round of vot­ing. Has­san Sheikh Mohamud becomes the first ex-pres­i­­dent in Soma­lia to…

Libyan rivals resume U.N.-brokered talks on elections | AP News

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan offi­cials on Sun­day resumed talks in the Egypt­ian cap­i­tal, the lat­est U.N.-led efforts to agree on con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments for elec­tions as the North African nation again finds itself at a polit­i­cal impasse.Twelve law­mak­ers from Libya’s east-based par­lia­ment and 11 from the High Coun­cil of State, an advi­so­ry body from west­ern Libya, were attend­ing the Cairo-host­ed talks, said Abdul­lah Bli­heg, the parliament’s spokesman.The U.N. spe­cial advis­er on Libya, Stephanie Williams, said the talks aim at address­ing core chal­lenges — includ­ing the polit­i­cal sys­tem, eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria, and a time­line for elec­tions. She advised the atten­dees that they have until May 28 to come with an agreement.“This ses­sion con­sti­tutes your last chance to pro­vide a cred­i­ble response to the expec­ta­tions of the Libyan peo­ple and make con­crete progress on these issues,” she said.The first round of the talks