KW 04: Court confirms Tshisekedi winner of Congo’s election, Attack on luxury hotel in Nairobi, Burkina Faso’s government resigns, German parliament calls for more support for Ethiopia and Eritrea

– NEWS –

Court confirms Tshisekedi winner of Congo’s election: The constitutional court of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed Felix Tshisekedi’s presidential election win. Second-placed Martin Fayulu rejected the provisional tally for DRC’s election, saying it was the product of a secret deal between Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila to cheat him out of a clear win of more than 60%. Kabila and Tshisekedi’s camps denied making any deal. The official figures have also been disputed by the Catholic Church which says it deployed 40,000 election monitors across the country. International experts based in the US, and the French and German governments, have raised doubts as well.
theguardian.com, bbc.com

Attack on luxury hotel in Nairobi: Extremists launched a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex. A police officer said at least 15 people had died. The Al-Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack at the DusitD2 hotel complex, which includes bars, restaurants, offices and banks and is in a well-to-do neighborhood with many American, European and Indian expatriates. Authorities sent special forces into the hotel to flush out the gunmen. Late Tuesday night, about eight hours after the siege began, Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said all of the buildings affected had been secured. President Uhuru Kenyatta said more than 700 people were safely evacuated during the attack.
cbsnews.com, time.com, cnn.com

Burkina Faso’s government resigns: The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Paul Kaba Thieba, has resigned from office along with his entire cabinet. Thieba had held the position since January 2016 when he was nominated by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. No reason was given for the move, which was announced in a televised statement by the country’s president. Kabore expressed his gratitude for their service. He said he hoped to form a new government soon. Thieba’s government had faced growing pressure over a rise in the number of kidnappings and jihadist attacks. Recent high-profile disappearances of foreign nationals have led to direct calls for Thieba’s resignation, as well as that of his defense and security ministers.
bbc.com

German parliament calls for more support for Ethiopia and Eritrea: The German parliament has voted in favor of supporting the peace process between the two countries. A proposal by the governing coalition puts forward a plan to persuade the Eritrean government to limit the duration of the national military service and to introduce appropriate compensation for all recruits. The CDU/CSU, SPD, FDP, and Green party said this was the only way to reflect on the resumption of German development cooperation. The Greens filed a motion calling for greater caution in cooperation with autocratic regimes in Africa, especially when it comes to migration control. Eritrea is considered to be one of the most brutal dictatorships in Africa.
dw.com

UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Mali: Ten United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an attack on a UN camp in Mali on Sunday, according to a statement from the UN secretary-general. Another 25 were injured in the attack. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack against the camp for the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, known as Minusma. He called on the Malian authorities to spare no effort in identifying the attackers so they could be brought to justice as soon as possible.
cnn.com

Algeria sets April election, no word on Bouteflika candidacy af.reuters.com
American airstrike in Somalia kills 52 Shabab extremists, US military says nytimes.com
Mercedes-Benz considers car assembly in Egypt automotiveworld.com
Madagascar high court defends Rajoelina’s election newsghana.com.gh

– BACKGROUND –

What is behind Germany’s billion-dollar fund for Africa?: In October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for more private investment in Africa as she hosted African leaders as part of a concerted effort to combat underdevelopment on the continent. Merkel announced that her government will establish an investment fund to help develop new markets. Two funds will be created by mid-2019 – „AfricaConnect“ for investments by German and European companies and „AfricaGrow“ for African companies. Uwe Kekeritz of the German Green party said the fund was „more hot air than actual policy“. Christoph Kannengießer, CEO of the German African Business Association, criticized that the possibilities of promotion as well as concrete requirements for companies are very vague. Africa scholar Robert Kappel described the anticipated sum as a „drop in the bucket“.
dw.com, africanews.com

Egypt could overtake German economy in 2030: According to a long-term forecast by banking and financial services company „Standard Chartered“, Egypt will be one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2030. The forecast uses purchasing power, parity exchange rates and nominal GDP to predict the world’s GDP rankings. By 2030, the forecast predicts that Egypt will be in the 7th place; ahead of Russia, Japan, and even Germany.
boerse.ard.de, marketscreener.com

South Africa in the UN Security Council: South Africa has assumed its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2019-2020. South Africa represents the interests of the African continent there, together with Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea. With a seat on the Security Council, the countries can have an important say in questions of world peace and international security policy. This is one of the declared goals of South Africa, the largest of the three countries. It will use its tenure in the Security Council to promote the maintenance of international peace and security, said Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu after the election of her country by the UN General Assembly. There are obstacles to overcome: Equatorial Guinea is criticized by human rights organizations, the recent history of Ivory Coast is plagued by civil wars and political division.
dw.com

– NUMBER –

With around 140 million euros, the European Union wants to support Morocco in instituting more effective border security. Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018. The EU wants to see an increase in these numbers.
maghreb-post.de

– QUOTE –

„I am going to topple the government, I’m telling you. You guys are driving me to do things I never thought I will do.“

Isaac Kgosi, the once-feared head of Botswana’s Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS), was arrested at Gaborone’s Sir Seretse Khama Airport on suspicion of tax evasion.
allafrica.com, mmegi.bw, citizen.co.za

– AT LAST –

Suddenly queen: A phone call from Africa drastically changed the life of 40-year-old German Joyce Bansah. Following the death of her predecessor, the German woman was elected to the head of the 30,000-person ethnic group Ahado-Hohoe in Ghana and thus became Queen Mama Adziwonor III. Bansah was already aware that she belonged to one of four possible families in the line of succession to the throne. She now plans to empower children and women in Ghana and work closely with her people. Bansah is currently ruling the country using Skype and Whatsapp, but she is also considering moving to Africa.
focus.de

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