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African Union leaders back mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court
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Politics and Society African Union leaders back mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court

The African Union (AU) leaders are backing a proposal for mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, not all countries support the resolution and countries such as Senegal and Nigeria oppose the proposal. Botswana has previously reiterated its support for the ICC saying the Court fights for the victims of the most severe crimes.

Chad foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected new head of African Union
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Politics and Society Chad foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected new head of African Union

The African Union (AU) has elected Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat as the new chairperson of the Commission. Mahamat replaces South Africa’s Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The new chairperson faces a huge task to achieve the bold objectives of Agenda 2063 and steer the continental organisation towards a path of inclusive social and economic growth, political stability, democracy, peace and prosperity.

Cartoon: The Gambia- Dawn of a new era
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Politics and Society Cartoon: The Gambia- Dawn of a new era

Last week, Yahya Jammeh boarded a private jet leaving The Gambia after 22 years at the helm of the small West African country. Jammeh’s departure came after protracted negotiations and a swift military intervention led by the regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). His departure has been widely applauded and hailed as a monumental step, which could bode well for democracy and renewal in The Gambia. President Adama Barrow is expected in the country today, and there’s hope that President Barrow’s arrival will usher in a new beginning in a country which has had only two leaders since its independence attained in 1965.

Cartoon: Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Uncertainty shrouds The Gambia’s impending presidential inauguration

In a few days U.S. President Barack Obama will leave office paving way for President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, 20 January 2017. Ghana recently witnessed a smooth transfer of power with the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo. In The Gambia, things are not so quite clear, President Yahya Jammeh who lost last year’s election is supposed to leave office paving way for the victor, President-elect Adama Barrow. The inauguration is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 19 January 2017 when Jammeh’s term officially ends. The country is on tenterhooks as President Jammeh remains resolute that he will challenge the election result, despite having initially accepted defeat, and pledging to oversee a smooth transfer of power.

Cartoon: Keeping it in the family?
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Keeping it in the family?

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of top military personnel. The appointment has been strongly criticised, seen as a classic case of nepotism, and it has also been viewed with suspicion. Critics argue that Museveni is grooming Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him as president in the future. Could Museveni be preparing his son to take over when the Ugandan leader eventually leaves office?