Kenyan minister, police chief found in contempt; opposition politician deported

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI, March 29 : A Kenyan high court judge found the Interior Minister and the police chief guilty of contempt on Wednesday and told them to appear for sentencing because they failed to obey a court order to release a detained opposition politician. Late on Wednesday evening, Kenyan authorities deported opposition politician […]

Senior Tanzania ruling party MP quits, cites democracy concerns

By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 30 : A senior Tanzanian politician quit the ruling party on Monday complaining of human rights abuses and a weakening of democracy in the east African nation, in a move political analysts said could trigger a wave of defections to opposition parties. Since taking office in late 2015, […]

Row over Pakistani paramilitary unit fuels political confusion

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 : An unexplained dispute between Pakistan’s interior minister and an elite paramilitary unit under his command is adding to political confusion in Islamabad, prompting questions about a rift in ties between civilian leaders and the powerful military. The spat comes at a moment of heightened concern over the feverish […]

Kurds will find it hard to implement independence, says Iraqi FM

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Sept 14 : Iraqi Kurdish leaders must be prepared to face the consequences if they unilaterally declare independence and find implementation more difficult than they expected, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Wednesday. Jaafari was in Cairo for an Arab League summit where the closing statement included a resolution calling […]

Second Macron minister denies sleaze charge by government

By Brian Love and Simon Carraud PARIS, May 30 : Emmanuel Macron’s pledge of squeaky-clean leadership hit another snag today when a second minister in the government of the new French president had to deny accusations by political foes of financial misconduct days before parliamentary elections. In the latest twist ahead of the vote in […]