Somali lawmakers file impeachment motion against president

A section of Somali members of parliament have filed a motion to impeach President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo, a move that could threaten the country’s stability as it struggles to rebound from 30 years of civil unrest. The lawmakers filed the motion on Sunday, December 9th, accusing the president of violating the

Duale accused of blocking northeastern leaders from accessing Ruto

It may be easier to get an audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House than to gain access to Deputy President William Ruto. This is according to current and former members of parliament from Northeastern region who accuse National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale of blocking them to access Mr

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

Ruto worried Raila may throw him out of Jubilee

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has accused former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of plotting to throw him out of the ruling party Jubilee. Mr Ruto claimed Mr Odinga is using his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta to bring "conmanship, confusion and hypocrisy". Mr Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta met in March for

Education could save Somalia from violent extremism

Somalia’s 30 year-old civil unrest has almost completely destroyed the country’s educational system, affecting the future of millions of school-aged children but now it seems that educating its youth, who make up over 70% of the country’s population, offers a peaceful future. This year, 27,000 students from 120 secondary schools sat

Five new political parties register in run-up to 2020 Somali elections

Five new Somali political parties have submitted their names and logos to the country’s electoral commission ahead of one-person, one-vote elections scheduled for 2020. Analysts see the registration of the new parties as a major step towards a return to democracy and a sign of enthusiasm for multiparty politics in Somalia,

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

Al-Shabab executes murder suspect in Somalia

Somalia's Al-Shabab group has executed a man who it accused of killing another man in central town of Mukayla. The execution, carried out by a firing squad, took place at a public square in the town, after a local Al-Shabab judge read a judgement before the public. The judge told a

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

After the handshake: Uhuru and Raila unveil dialogue team

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have formed a 14-member advisory committee to work towards uniting the country and reforming public institutions nearly two months after their historic handshake. On 9 March, President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga met at Harambee House and agreed to bring Kenyans together after

Armenia PM resigns in face of protests

Armenia’s Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned after 11 days of protests. The opposition, several leaders of which have been arrested, object to Sarksyan taking the role of prime minister earlier this month immediately after serving 10 years as president.  Thousands of demonstrators continued to gather and were joined on Monday by unarmed soldiers.  

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

Kenyan court invalidates election of county governor

A Kenyan appellate court on Friday nullified the election of Wajir county governor, upholding a high court judgement that Mohamed Mohamud was not validly elected into office, and called for a new vote in sixty days. A high court judge sitting in Nairobi on 12 January ruled that the election of

DR Congo president sacks more than 200 judges for lack of law degrees

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has sacked 256 magistrates who did not have a law degree or were accused of corruption, the country's Justice Minister has said. "President Joseph Kabila has sanctioned more than 200 individuals who do not fulfil the conditions to function as magistrates," Alexis Thambwe