Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Withdraw from ECOWAS

Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have announced their immediate withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), citing inhumane sanctions imposed by the regional economic bloc for recent coups in their respective countries.

Kagame: ‘We Will Always do What is Necessary to Ensure Rwandans are Safe’

In his end-of-year address, Rwanda President Paul Kagame emphasized that Rwanda remains committed to safeguarding the safety and security of its citizens, regardless of the challenges, The New Times, Rwanda鈥檚 largest daily newspaper, reported on Dec. 30. Acknowledging the prevailing regional insecurity, the Head of State emphasized the nation’s resilience in the face of criticism,鈥

DRC: Nobel Winner Denis Mukwege Launches Electoral Campaign in Hometown

Nobel Peace-winning gynecologist Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) staged a rally in his hometown on Saturday, Nov. 25, promising to tackle corruption and conflict if elected president next month. Addressing supporters in Bukavu, the renowned doctor and Pentecostal pastor said he would use political power to put an end to war,鈥

Liberia Has a New President

George Weah conceded defeat in his bid for a second term in the Liberian presidential runoff election to Joseph Boakai, a political veteran and former vice president, by a razor-thin margin.

DR Congo Crisis: African Army Chiefs Back Peace Talks

A meeting of military leaders from four African regions supported a political resolution of the conflict between the DR Congo’s armed forces and the M23 rebel group, calling for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all armed groups and negative forces, and the establishment of humanitarian corridors to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the affected populations.

Liberia: $7.2 Million GROW-2 Agricultural Program Launched

Sweden has provided $7.2 million for the launch of the GROW-2 agriculture program, which is aimed at developing sustainable agro-based value chain enterprises in Liberia, with a focus on nutritious value chains and businesses, and will be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).