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The East African Community Passport for Release Next Year

Arusha (Tanzania) – Issuance of international passports for East African Community (EAC) has been re-scheduled to early next year, the same time the African Union also intends to release its travel document. The EAC six partner states, it was revealed at the just ended 35th EAC Council of Ministers’ meeting here, have been directed to start issuing the new East African machine readable Electronic- Passports by January 31, 2018 after preparedness of each partner state was considered.

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Kagame African Union reform team seeks to realign key bloc’s institutions

Nairobi (Kenya) – A team of experts led by Rwandan President Paul Kagame have come up with proposals to end duplication of roles by various Africa Union organs; and to cede some roles to regional economic communities. If implemented, the proposals will realign a dozen or so institutions of the AU.

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28th AU Summit: ECOWAS raised the bar, but will others follow?

The decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy a military force into Gambia to force President Yahya Jammeh to step down has been widely hailed by democrats. According to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the African Union should bolster the means and willpower of regions to use their militaries to enforce democracy.

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Elections in 2017 – can the African Union up its game?

The presidential elections that took place in Benin and Ghana in 2016 were thankfully peaceful and transparent. If it hadn’t been for the polls that led to a change of leadership in these two West African countries, last year would have been defined almost exclusively by its contested election outcomes. The African Union’s Department of Political Affairs could play a leading role in keeping this year’s elections free and fair. 

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Burundi soon withdrawing its troops from Somalia

The deputy head of the civilian cabinet to the president Pierre Nkurunziza wrote a letter on January 10 to the minister of foreign affairs emphasizing the imminent withdrawal and immediate return of Burundian troops engaged in peace keeping mission in Somalia. Report by Iwacu.org

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Burundi, power-sharing is not the problem, but the cycle of impunity

As advocates of the many victims of the Burundi crisis, we join the voices that have expressed disappointment in the decision by the government of Burundi to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. This unfortunate decision was prompted by the release of the Final Report of the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIB), which found that the means, methods, and frequency of violence being carried out in Burundi are systematic, widespread, and amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity that must be investigated.

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