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Jul 28, 2015

Second-term Obama tells Africa’s ‘Big Men’ to quit when time is up

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent’s ‘Big Men’, telling them they should quit when their time was up – especially since most have the cash to retire comfortably.

In joining African reformists who demand term limits be observed, the U.S. president was lining up squarely against entrenched leaders from Congo Republic to Rwanda and Burundi who are intent on extending their years in power.

Jul 23, 2015

U.S. to review Burundi aid in next two months over crisis: envoy

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – The United States will review its relations and level of aid to Burundi over the next two months after the central African nation held elections that Washington says were not credible, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.

The United States provides training and equipment worth about $80 million a year for Burundi’s military and security forces, along with other aid, supporting a nation now in crisis after President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term.

Jul 22, 2015

Burundi opposition leader calls for unity government to avert conflict

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s leading opposition politician called on President Pierre Nkurunziza to hold talks with rivals and form a national unity government after a disputed election, saying it could help avert a new conflict in the poor African nation.

Agathon Rwasa, a former rebel leader like Nkurunziza in Burundi’s civil war, told Reuters action was needed to prevent generals behind a foiled coup in May taking up arms in a crisis triggered by Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office.

Jul 21, 2015

Two killed as blasts, gunfire mar Burundi presidential vote

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A policeman and civilian were killed in overnight clashes hours before the start of Burundi’s presidential elections, already hit by opposition boycotts and protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.

Blasts and gunfire echoed around the capital before polling stations opened on Tuesday in a nation grappling with its worst crisis since a civil war ended in 2005. It has faced weeks of demonstrations, a failed coup and clashes between rebel soldiers and the army.

Jul 21, 2015

Overnight blasts, gunfire mar Burundi presidential vote

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Blasts and gunfire overnight marred Burundi’s presidential election on Tuesday, which the opposition said it would boycott after President Pierre Nkurunziza sparked a crisis by seeking a third term in office.

The rebel-turned-president’s campaign for another five years in power led to weeks of protests, a failed coup attempt and clashes between rebel soldiers and the army, stoking tensions in a region with a history of ethnic bloodshed.

Jul 20, 2015

On eve of presidential vote, Burundi opposition urges boycott

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s opposition has urged voters to follow their lead and boycott the presidential election scheduled for Tuesday, saying the vote will deepen political deadlock in a nation with a long history of political violence and ethnic strife.

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third-term in office has plunged the East African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Though street protests and a would-be coup were quelled, almost daily violence has left the country tense.

Jul 13, 2015

Burundi president’s faces emerging armed rebellion as vote looms

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza may find an election victory he is assured of this month swiftly overshadowed by the emergence of an armed insurgency in a nation at the heart of one of Africa’s most combustible regions.

After weeks of protests against the president’s bid for a third term, a general involved in a failed coup says he is mobilizing troops, grenade attacks echo round the capital and armed clashes have erupted in the north of a nation still scarred by civil war.

Jul 10, 2015

Uganda central bank says watching inflation after shilling slide

KAMPALA, July 10 (Reuters) – Uganda’s central bank will
consider hiking its lending rate if it sees the shilling’s sharp
slide feeding through to inflation, a member of the Bank of
Uganda’s Monetary Policy Committee said on Friday ahead of a
meeting next week.

The MPC has announced it would hold an unscheduled meeting
on Monday, about a month earlier than usual, after a sharp slide
in the shilling, which the bank has partly blamed on a
“misinterpretation” of comments by the governor.

Jul 10, 2015

Burundi general seeks to oust president he accuses of dividing nation

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Burundi general who was part of a failed coup attempt in May said his group was still working to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza, accusing him of stoking ethnic divisions in a country still trying to recover from civil war.

“At that time (in May), we just failed to remove Nkurunziza from power,” General Leonard Ngendakumana told Reuters in an interview on Thursday outside Burundi. “The aim is still there.”

Jul 9, 2015

Ugandan police detain hopefuls for 2016 presidential vote

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police on Thursday detained for several hours a former prime minister who has challenged veteran President Yoweri Museveni by seeking the ruling party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

Amama Mbabazi, sacked by Museveni last year, was detained on his way to Mbale town, east of Kampala, to meet supporters on Thursday morning and freed late in the evening, an aide said.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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