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Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am
In an outcome that has surprised many on the African continent and beyond, Issa Hayatou’s reign at CAF has ended as Madagascan government minister Ahmad was elected as the new president of the Confederation of African Football on Thursday. The CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, therefore produced a new leader for African soccer, with previous president Hayatou having been in charge for the last 29 years. The Cameroonian was attempting to secure his eighth term in charge of the Confederation of African Football.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) proudly announced the backing of South African president Jacob Zuma this week in regards to current head of CAF Issa Hayatou, who is trying to remain at the continental soccer governing body for yet another term. The embattled South African head of state has pledged his support to Hayatou ahead of the confederation’s upcoming elections. On Saturday Zuma was paid a visit by Cameroonian Hayatou at his home in Pretoria ahead of the CAF Super Cup final, which saw the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup face off against the victors of the CAF Champions League, the continent’s two premier club competitions.
Dana Sanchez, 1:15 pm
Tourism has been the fastest-growing sector of The Gambia’s economy until now, accounting for 18-to-20% of the country’s revenue. The country, population about 2 million, is marketed to vacationers as “the smiling coast of West Africa.” In the wake of the current political unrest, tourism revenue will likely fall 50%, a stakeholder said. The sector will have to rebuilt just as it was after the 1994 coup that brought longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to power. “I feel sorry for everybody here,” an evacuating Brit said. “It’s going to take years for tourism to pick up again.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:00 am AFKI Original
African heads of state and politicians make use of social media to communicate with peers and the people which they serve. Twitter is becoming a popular short-message platform in which to connect with the masses, and Donald Trump is not the only world leader that loves to communicate with posts of under 140 characters. From South Africa to Nigeria, the high profile African heads of state tweet, retweet and reply to followers, offering their opinions on many issues while advancing their own agendas through social media. Here are 12 African heads of state who are on Twitter.
Keren Mikva, 8:18 pm
If Dlamini-Zuma makes a bid for party leadership of the ANC, there are several issues she’ll face. The ANC has not had a female leader in its 104 years of existence, and gender prejudice still exists. Many party big shots want a clean break with Jacob Zuma’s scandal-filled administration, and a former cabinet member and ex-wife may give voters pause.
Keren Mikva, 4:14 pm
Afwerki has a shoot-to-kill policy for his border patrols, but many Eritreans take the risk and flee across the border anyway. Eritrea’s refugee crisis has drawn attention to Afwerki’s administration and forced international observers to look more closely at his actions. Last year alone, over 47,000 Eritreans applied for asylum in Europe. The country has about 7 million people. Recently Afwerki was accused of crimes against humanity by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He could go before the ICC.
Keren Mikva, 8:17 am
In a show of force ahead of the upcoming December election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh banned music during Ramadan. He has been in power since a 1994 coup. “As the Muslim community observes the holy month of Ramadan, all the ceremonies and festivities involving singing, music and dancing are banned day and night,” he said. Citizens have been ordered to incriminate each other. About 90 percent of The Gambia is Muslim.
Keren MikvaAFKI Original
As chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court since June 2012, Gambian Fatou Bensouda has been credited with changing the face of the embattled institution. Taking over from the highly criticized Luis Moreno Ocampo, Bensouda doesn’t shy away from difficult cases. She seeks to restore the integrity of the ICC and is pursuing a case against the president and vice president of Kenya for their alleged roles in violence following the 2007 election.
Keren MikvaAFKI Original
Jean Pierre Nkurunziza was elected president of Burundi, in 2005, after a decade-long war that had torn the country apart. He led the Eastern Africa nation to achieving political stability after the civil war. In 2006, he led Burundi to joining the East African Community economic bloc. Last year, his decision to run for a third term sparked off protests and violence as the opposition and civil society groups condemned the decision. They said it was in violation of the peace accord, signed in 2000 in Tanzania.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:11 pm AFKI Original
Swiss UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino has been elected as the new FIFA president, and will immediately begin working for world football’s governing body. FIFA has been in turmoil over the past year following a wide-spread scandal that involved numerous people within the organisation, leading to criminal investigations and suspensions for numerous individuals, including former president Sepp Blatter.
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