Dec 172013
 
ECOWAS OBSERVER MISSION COMMENDS MALIANS FOR SUCCESSFUL PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

BAMAKO, Mali, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Mali’s second-round Parliamentary polls on 15th December has commended Malians for their peaceful conduct and the “imminent successful conclusion of the political transition” in the country following its security and political crises from last year. In its 14-point Preliminary [...]

Dec 172013
 
Preliminary Declaration Mali Run-off Legislative Polls.

BAMAKO, Mali, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — PRELIMINARY DECLARATION I. INTRODUCTION 1. Following the first round of legislative elections on 24 November 2013 in Mali that produced only 20 Deputies, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadré Désiré OUEDRAOGO, deployed a 50-Member Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the 15 December 2013 [...]

Dec 172013
 
AfDB and Japan Sign a US$ 100 Million Loan Agreement for Non-Sovereign Operations under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) Initiative for Africa

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) and the Government of Japan signed on Monday, 16 December, a bilateral Exchange of Notes for a loan of 9.48 billion Japanese yen (about US$ 100 million). This is the fourth loan to the Bank under the Enhanced Private Sector [...]

Dec 172013
 
AfDB and Japan Sign a US$ 100 Million Loan Agreement for Non-Sovereign Operations under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) Initiative for Africa

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) and the Government of Japan signed on Monday, 16 December, a bilateral Exchange of Notes for a loan of 9.48 billion Japanese yen (about US$ 100 million). This is the fourth loan to the Bank under the Enhanced Private Sector [...]

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Dec 172013
 
Implementation Follow-Up Commission of the Doha Document notices progress and challenges

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The seventh meeting of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was held on 16 December in El Fasher, North Darfur, to discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the DDPD since the Commission’s last meeting [...]

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Dec 172013
 
Somaliland police raid and shut down independent newspaper

NEW YORK, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on December 13 raided the Hargeisa offices of the critical independent daily Hubaal, arrested two staff members, and ordered the publication to be shut down, according to news reports. This is the third time the paper has been targeted [...]

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Dec 172013
 
Canada Appeals for Calm in South Sudan

OTTAWA, Canada, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “Canada is concerned by the recent fighting in Juba and appeals for calm. We call for the rule of law to be obeyed, for the lives and property of civilians to be fully respected and for [...]

Dec 162013
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, recalled his friend and former president Nelson Mandela in a memorial service on 16 December at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. The service of prayer, remembrance [...]

Dec 162013
 
Canada underlines support for sustainable natural resource development to reduce poverty in Africa

OTTAWA, Canada, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, attended the third African Union Conference of Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development in Maputo, Mozambique. During the conference, PS Brown helped launch the African Minerals Development Centre, [...]

Dec 162013
 
Foreign Secretary welcomes announcement of new Tunisian Prime Minister

LONDON, United-Kingdom, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On the eve of the third anniversary of the Arab Spring, William Hague calls for further political, economic and security progress in Tunisia Following the announcement of Mr Mehdi Jomaa as Prime Minister of Tunisia, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I warmly welcome the announcement of [...]

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Dec 162013
 
The African Union condemns the Kidal terrorist attack against United Nations forces

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack perpetrated, on Saturday 14 December 2013, against forces of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal. This attack resulted in the [...]

Dec 162013
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Conflict since January 2012 and repeated food crises have forced tens of thousands to flee the north of Mali. Some were separated from other family members while seeking refuge within Mali or abroad. The Mali Red Cross and the ICRC are helping to restore contact. “Over [...]