Somali woman elected city council member in Belgium

Photo: Hiiraan A Somali-Belgian woman has won a local city council member post, becoming the first Somali to have been elected to take a political post in Belgium’s history. Sahra Mohamed Khalif, a young aspiring politician from the Belgium Socialist Party (SPA), the country’s oldest political party has been declared as the

The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at George Bush is running for office

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George Bush is now running for a parliamentary seat in Baghdad. Muntadhar al-Zaidi, then 28 years old, worked for an Egypt-based news organistaion, hurled his shoes at Bush’s head during a farewell news conference with Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki in

Gunmen attack Libyan election HQ, killing 16

At least 16 people have been killed after gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Libyan elections body in the capital, Tripoli. The attack was carried out by assailants including suicide bombers and took place as citizens registered for elections slated for later this year. A spokesperson for the Libyan electoral commission, Khaled

Somali lawmakers to choose new speaker under tight security

Somali members of parliament are set to elect a new speaker today following the resignation earlier this month of the post's holder, Mohamed Osman Jawari, following a major political crisis. Jawari resigned on 9 April ahead of a confidence motion against him, ending weeks of political tension between the legislature and

Wajir Court of Appeal ruling: The winners and the losers

The Court of Appeal has invalidated the election of Wajir County governor, upholding a High Court judgement which ruled Mohamed Abdi was not legally cleared to run for office. Abdi went to the Supreme Court to appeal, but nothing will change. Now, the court battle is over and the field is littered