4 African presidents under pressure to resign within 2 weeks

Thousands of Malawians on Friday took part in the country’s first nationwide anti-government demonstrations since 2011, with peaceful protests held in six cities.

The marches, organised by civil action groups, were against alleged corruption and poor governance under President Peter Mutharika, who has ruled the country since 2014.

This is the latest call for an African president to resign in 2 weeks, 4 African countries have recently join the cry for change in the Presidency.

In Madagascar, the opposition called on Thursday for the president and prime minister to resign and said it would no longer negotiate in a deepening dispute over new election laws.

Supporters of opposition politician Marc Ravalomanana, who served as president from 2002 until he was toppled in a 2009 coup, say the new laws are intended to block him from running in a vote due later this year on an as-yet-unannounced date.

Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Sunday refused to yield to opposition demands that he resign from office, following eight days of anti-government protests in the capital.

The president of South Sudan has been on a hot sit too, from the opposition to step down, as part of efforts to end a civil war.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir rejected opposition calls for him to resign, accusing anti-government groups of making “unreasonable demands” in peace talks.

Lastly, Nigerian President Muhamadu Buhari has been facing several calls of resignation from lawmakers, the opposition and Catholic Bishops.

Buhari who has no intention of stepping down is to meet Donald Trump today as the first African President in the White House.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, in the wake of the killing of two priests and their parishioners earlier last week.

The Catholic Bishops accuse the president of ignoring repeated calls to bring his attention to the skewed and ineffective security apparatus and strategy employed to contain clashes between the mainly Christian farmers and Muslim herdsmen.


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