Government

Burundi Opposition Leader Says Party Members Attacked in Run-up to Elections

Burundi’s main opposition leader and presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa says supporters of his CNL party are being arrested, attacked and in some cases killed ahead of the country’s May 20 elections. “We are experiencing some behaviors which are meant to destabilize mainly the CNL where our people are attacked and there is no judiciary or […]

Government

Journalist Critical of Madagascar President Released

A prominent Madagascar journalist detained a month ago after criticizing President Andry Rajoelina’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was released on Monday. Arphine Rahelisoa, who heads the pro-opposition newspaper Valisoa, was charged on April 4 with “inciting hatred” after running a blog that notably said “COVID-19, lockdown, Andry Rajoelina, killer.” The charges against Rahelisoa, the only […]

Government

Burundi Moves Ahead With May Election Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The race to become Burundi’s next president is officially underway as authorities proclaim God will protect citizens from the novel coronavirus, which has already infected 15 people in the central African nation and caused the death of one other.   Seven candidates launched campaigns Monday, with large rallies that are off limits in other parts of Africa, where governments are mandating that people practice social distancing […]