Kenya launches UNSC seat campaigns on 10-point agenda

Kenya yesterday officially kicked off its candidature campaigns for the United Nations Security Council seat with the first launch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is the first launch in a series of three that will take place in New York and in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was attended by Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs minister Gedu Andargachew, deputy African Union Commission chairman Kwesi Quartey, commissioners, ambassadors and permanent representatives and members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia, among other dignitaries. Andargachew congratulated Kenya for being endorsed by the AU and promised to…

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Nairobi, Kenya: African Union endorses Kenya for UN Security Council Post

Monica Juma

The African Union (AU), today through a popular member vote, endorsed Kenya for a non-permanent membership to the United Nations’ Security Council. Kenya defeated Djibouti by a wide margin after garnering 37 votes against their rival who garnered 13 votes. The voting activity was in its second round. In the first exercise, Nairobi accessed the support of 35 countries with Djibouti City gathering the confidence of 15 countries. The first round had two AU members abstaining. Lack of a two-thirds majority win, for Kenya, in the first round justified the…

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Crisis Group warns of hurdles in implementing Sudan agreement

The International Crisis Group has given caution over the implementation of the Sudan power-sharing deal. In a statement, the organisation said the Junta might not let civilian authorities audit or control the sources of foreign exchange. “Caution is warranted, however. The junta signed the agreement only under intense external pressure from parties that included the AU, the U.S., the UK and the EU. Many of its members are beneficiaries of the patronage-based economic system that Bashir created,” they said in a statement. The Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation…

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AU suspends Sudan after army killed at least 60 protesters

The African Union and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of Sudan in all its activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority. This comes just days after the military shot and killed at least 60 protesters in Khartoum on Tuesday. In a post on Twitter, The AU’s Peace and Security Department said a civilian-led transition was the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis. At least 108 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded, according to the…

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AfCFTA is now officially a binding agreement

It is now official. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement entered into force on May 30. This is after the required number of ratifications were deposited and this means the deal is now a binding international legal instrument. Africa Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry tweeted, ‘Historic milestone! #AfCFTA Agreement has today come into force. We celebrate the triumph of bold, pragmatic & continent-wide commitment 2 economic integration. We launch market on 7 July, 2019 & begin the journey of transformation 2 secure inclusive prosperity. Ambassador Albert Muchanga,…

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