Africa – 18 March 2016

Angolan leader ‘to step down’ in 2018

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said on Friday he plans to step down in 2018 after being at the helm since 1979, making him one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. Angola, a member of OPEC and Africa’s second largest oil exporter after Nigeria, relies on crude export revenues for more than 90 percent of foreign exchange revenues.

The country’s next election will be held in 2017. “I took the decision to leave and end my political life in 2018,” Dos Santos said in speech members of his ruling party’s key decision-making organ that was broadcast on radio.



‘Women’s rights key to unlocking Africa’s future’

African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, addressing delegates at an event commemorating International Women’s Day, said the AUC celebrated “the determination of women around the world to fight for equal rights and the opportunity to have their voices heard”.

There is “indeed a great deal to celebrate today, in terms of the progress we have made in pushing for the Gender Agenda in Africa,” she said at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday.



International justice for crimes in Africa must be prioritised

SOME of the most horrific crimes known to humankind have taken place fairly recently in countries like Burundi‚ South Sudan‚ the Democratic Republic of Congo‚ Kenya and Zimbabwe‚ and many Africans continue to pay for a lack of justice with their lives‚ their futures and their basic human rights.

There can be no doubt that Africa must have justice for international crimes. What form this justice takes‚ and whether it is meted out in national‚ regional or international courts‚ is something the continent must decide and act upon‚ an Institute for Security Studies (ISS) seminar in Addis Ababa heard on Thursday.