February 10th, 2010

Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s Acting President

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's
acting President

Click here for profile: http://www.onlinenigeria.com/links/LinksReadPrint.asp?blurb=640

Nigeria's parliament says Vice President Goodluck Jonathan is the country's acting leader, more than ten weeks after President Umaru Yar'Adua left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria's Senate and House of Representatives Tuesday both passed motions saying Vice President Jonathan "shall henceforth discharge the functions of the office of the president, commander in chief of the armed forces."

The vice president has been serving in that capacity since President Yar'Adua left Nigeria in late November. But that was not official because the president did not write a letter to parliament notifying lawmakers of his absence.
Read more: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Nigerian-Parliament-Votes-for-Transfer-of-Power-83883822.html

Posted by M Higenyi, London

AFRICOM Chief Offers Support to AU Security Goals

General William Ward

The United States military command for Africa, known as AFRICOM, is offering enhanced support for African Union peace and security initiatives. The commander, General William Ward, hailed Ethiopia's decision to supply badly-needed helicopters to the joint AU/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

He met Tuesday with African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra for talks on continental hot spots, including Sudan and Somalia. The meeting came as Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, backed by the AU peacekeeping force AMISOM, is preparing an offensive against rebel forces that control much of the country.

But speaking to VOA, General Ward emphasized AFRICOM's role in Somalia is strictly limited to indirect support for the U.N.-backed government.

Posted by Mwasera, Nairobi, Kenya