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

Denver Plans Direct Flights to a “Growing African Continent”

DENVER  — (AFRICA NEWS MATTERS)  Recently we learned Denver International Airport (DIA) and the city of Denver, fondly called the mile-high city, in the US state of Colorado, have begun exploring possibilities for direct flights to continental Africa. DIA has set up a team that is working on this initiative called Denver Air Service Committee.…

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How the Swahili Language Can Lift Up the African Continent

After so many years of talk about its potential, the African continent is waking up to understand and appreciate the power of unity represented by a language.  The African Union (AU) officially adopted Kiswahili or Swahili as one of the official working languages of the African continent, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government…

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After Years of Conflict, Libya Struggles for Unity

An African Nation Contending with Two Governments Tensions in Libya have risen again with the appointment of a new Premier, Fathi Bashagha, by the Parliament in Tobruk. Bashagha is now contending for the position with Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, an UN-recognized leader. After the announcement, Bashagha went to Tripoli airport to deliver his inaugural speech as…