Entries in African Union (3)


US Criticizes Election, Congo Supreme Court Confirms Kabila's Win

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (KINSHASA, Congo) -- On Friday, the Democratic Republic of Congo Supreme Court declared incumbent President Joseph Kabila as the winner of last month's disputed presidentia; elections.

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reports that international observers and the U.S. State department said the election was flawed, had several irregularities and was chaotic. The U.S. based Carter Center sent observers and said in some areas there were high turnouts that were not credible.

The court confirmed that Kabila received nearly 49 percent of the vote beating Etienne Tshisekedi, his main challenger who received 32 percent.

Congo held their second democratic election since independence in 1960 and the first since civil war ended in 2003. Mineral rich Congo has seen several decades of civil wars with intervention by surrounding countries representing the different factions fighting for the nation's rich resources.

The African Union and the 11-member International Conference on the Great Lakes Region congratulated Kabila on his win and called the election a success. 

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Clinton Warns African Leaders: Reform or Face Uprisings

US State Dept(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a warning to African leaders Monday: reform or potentially face the same unrest that has threatened to topple longtime rulers in North Africa and the Middle East.

In a speech to the African Union in Ethiopia, Clinton said that citizens are no longer accepting repressive governments and that the Internet and social media are providing a platform like no other for these ideas to spread and take root.

“This wave of activism, which came to be known as the Arab Spring, has particular significance for leaders in Africa and elsewhere who hold on to power at all costs, who suppress dissent, who enrich themselves and their supporters at the expense of their own people,” she said.

“If you believe that the freedoms and opportunities that we speak about as universal should not be shared by your own people, men and women equally, or if you do not desire to help your own people work and live with dignity, you are on the wrong side of history, and time will prove that,” Clinton added pointedly.

Africa’s leaders might have good reason to follow her advice, as Clinton has a track record of being right about this.

In January, in a speech to Arab leaders at a conference in Qatar, Clinton warned that they must reform soon or watch progress “sink into sand.”

Just days later, Tunisian strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali became the first dictator to fall, and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak soon followed suit. Over the following months uprisings threatened to topple the rulers of Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco and elsewhere.

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Gadhafi Accepts Cease-Fire; Is This Time Different?

Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Moammar Gadhafi has accepted an outline for a cease-fire with rebels, according to South African President Jacob Zuma, who met with the Libyan leader Sunday to present the African Union's road map for resolving the months-long conflict.

The road map includes an immediate and verifiable cease-fire, and ultimately a transition to a new government in Libya.

The African Union delegation, led by Zuma, says it will travel to Benghazi on Monday to meet with rebel leaders, who must also accept the AU's proposal.

Gadhafi has in the past announced his own cease-fires, only to immediately break them.

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