Statement by the Spokesperson on the elections in Liberia

Statement by the Spokesperson on the elections in Liberia:

The EU sends its congratulations to George Weah for his victory in the Presidential elections in Liberia as announced by the National Elections Commission.

All political leaders showed responsibility in accepting swiftly the outcome of the elections. The professionalism of the Liberian Institutions, in particular the National Elections Commission and the Liberian National Police, was key.

The high and peaceful participation of Liberian people contributed to the success of the electoral process. These elections open a new era after twelve years of successful leadership by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The EU Election Observation Mission, headed by Chief Observer Maria Arena, observed the elections in close cooperation with national and international actors. It began its work in Liberia since September 2017, observed the full process of the elections and will soon issue its final report. The report will include recommendations for the strengthening of Liberia’s future electoral processes. The important role of ECOWAS and UNMIL during the elections are positive expressions of the role of regional and international organisations.

The recent presidential executive order will allow a peaceful transition process from the current government to the new one. The EU will remain an important and reliable partner of Liberia and is ready to continue working with the new Government on national issues, as well as on regional and international challenges.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of European External Action Service (EEAS).

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Ethiopia: Government Pledges to Release ‘Political Prisoners’

In response to the announcement by the government of Ethiopia that it will release all political prisoners and close the notorious Central Crime Investigation Center, also known as Maikelawi, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Ethiopia’s pledge to release political prisoners is a positive step that needs to be followed by many more steps toward democratization,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “The Ethiopian government jailed thousands for participating in peaceful street demonstrations and involvement with opposition political parties, activities that should never have been criminalized. The government should undertake broad legal and institutional reforms to allow meaningful political activity and to make governance more inclusive, steps that should include the repeal of draconian ‘antiterrorism’ laws and strict limits on civic activism.”

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South Africa – Parliament Statement on Passing of Struggle Stalwart Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile

Parliament Statement on Passing of Struggle Stalwart Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile:

Parliament of South Africa joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing-on of the struggle stalwart and National Poet Laureate, Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile.

Prof Kgositsile, born in 1938 in Johannesburg, distinguished himself as an academic, a poet par excellence, and a champion for freedom and social justice throughout his life in South Africa, while in exile in many countries of the world and on his return home. Through his sharp and progressive pen, he contributed in cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning in the country and abroad. For this contribution, the world, the African continent and our nation honoured him with numerous literary awards, including the Order Of Ikhamanga Silver he received in 2008, for his “excellent achievements in the field of literature and using these exceptional talents to expose the evils of the system of apartheid to the world”.

The remarkable legacy of Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, cannot die, but will live on to continue to inspire many to use culture to advance the development of people of South Africa.

Parliament sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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South Africa – Parliament Statement on Passing of Struggle Stalwart Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile

Parliament Statement on Passing of Struggle Stalwart Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile:

Parliament of South Africa joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing-on of the struggle stalwart and National Poet Laureate, Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile.

Prof Kgositsile, born in 1938 in Johannesburg, distinguished himself as an academic, a poet par excellence, and a champion for freedom and social justice throughout his life in South Africa, while in exile in many countries of the world and on his return home. Through his sharp and progressive pen, he contributed in cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning in the country and abroad. For this contribution, the world, the African continent and our nation honoured him with numerous literary awards, including the Order Of Ikhamanga Silver he received in 2008, for his “excellent achievements in the field of literature and using these exceptional talents to expose the evils of the system of apartheid to the world”.

The remarkable legacy of Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, cannot die, but will live on to continue to inspire many to use culture to advance the development of people of South Africa.

Parliament sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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