December 27, 1999 |
The deposed president of Ivory Coast fled the West African nation Sunday, leaving the government to a military junta and defusing a brewing confrontation with France, the country's former colonial ruler. The French Foreign Ministry announced that President Henri Konan Bedie flew with his family and a few associates to Lome, the capital of Togo.
October 23, 1999 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Friday that Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi seems to be moving his country toward true democracy after more than two decades as autocratic head of a single-party state. Speaking at a news conference here with Moi at her side, Albright said the Kenyan leader pledged to quickly and fairly complete constitutional reforms and open up the country's economy. Albright also said Moi agreed to contribute Kenyan troops to the U.S.
August 14, 1999 |
The man charged with rescuing Kenya's civil service from the depths of mismanagement and corruption has been praised as an industrious and efficient administrator--and slammed as an arrogant son of white colonialists. Richard Leakey, the famed paleontologist and conservationist who was recently appointed to head Kenya's public service sector, will need all those character traits in his new job. Supporters believe that Leakey has the medicine needed to cure the country's economic ills.
January 19, 1999 |
An order by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi to prohibit the registration of new political parties has sparked outrage among opposition politicians and civil rights activists, who accuse him of an illegal move that promotes dictatorship. The directive, which was issued over the weekend and requires ratification by parliament, bans new parties associated with current members of parliament.
October 15, 1998 |
Nobel literature laureate Wole Soyinka, Nigeria's most prominent dissident, returned to his home country Wednesday after four years of self-imposed exile, in an expression of confidence that the new military government is serious about democratic reforms. Soyinka, an outspoken critic of Nigeria's past military rulers, was the latest and most important exile to heed a call by the new military ruler, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, to help build democracy in Africa's most populous country.
October 7, 1997 |
Undermining the government's recent promise to implement certain political reforms before this year's general election, Kenyan authorities Monday refused to legalize a popular political party led by reformer Richard Leakey, the world-famous paleontologist. Claiming, among other things, that the Safina party's objectives are unlawful, Registrar-General Omondi Mbago called those intentions "incompatible with peace, welfare or good order in Kenya."