Angola Braces for Tight General Election

Nairo­bi, Kenya —  Ango­la holds pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions Wednes­day in what is expect­ed to be the biggest chal­lenge to the country’s long­stand­ing one-par­­ty rule. The rul­ing MPLA par­ty, in pow­er for near­ly half a cen­tu­ry, has been los­ing young sup­port­ers to the lead­ing oppo­si­tion par­ty, UNITA. The pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have focused main­ly on eco­nom­ic issues, but observers are…

UN Peacekeeping Troop Rotations to Resume in Mali

Bamako, Mali —  The U.N. peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Mali, MINUSMA, is to resume con­tin­gent rota­tions start­ing Mon­day under fresh approval pro­ce­dures, the Malian for­eign min­is­ter and a U.N. spokes­woman have said. “MINUSMA agreed to the new pro­ce­dures and com­mu­ni­cat­ed them to all coun­tries con­tribut­ing troops. There will be no excep­tion,” For­eign Min­is­ter Abdoulaye Diop said Saturday,…

Hundreds Protest Tunisian Referendum

Tunis —  Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers gath­ered in cen­tral Tunis on Sat­ur­day to demon­strate against a ref­er­en­dum to be held on Mon­day on a new con­sti­tu­tion that they reject as ille­gal. Pres­i­dent Kais Saied pub­lished the draft con­sti­tu­tion, giv­ing him­self far more pow­ers, reduc­ing the role of the par­lia­ment and judi­cia­ry, and remov­ing most checks on…