Media Editor, Barotseland Post
SOMALILAND, whose statehood is yet to be internationally recognized after breaking away from Somalia in 1999, held its third successful presidential election whose electoral procedures were observed by an international election observation mission. The international observers, including representatives of UNPO, applauded the overall successful electoral process while, at the same time, noting minor concerns to consider for future elections. The current president, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, had not sought re-election, clearing the way for one of three candidates to assume his post. Vote counting is currently underway.
With human rights conditions aggravating against the people of Barotseland, the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) participated in the 28th pre-sessions of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held on 10 October 2017, in which the Republic of Zambia was under review. It was a chance to engage on an international level to bring attention to the wrongdoings of the Zambian Government. As a Civil Society Organization, the BNFA particularly addressed Zambias occupation of Barotseland from 2002 on and the ongoing discrimination against their people.
ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe has been on lockdown in his house for the last two days, close government sources have revealed.
The Spanish government will consider holding a nationwide referendum on changing the constitution to allow for legal independence referendums, the foreign minister says.
THE controversy surrounding the struggle for Catalan independence from Spain has crossed over the border, as 'Northern Catalans' are now demanding freedom from France to unite with Catalonia, the Express has reported.
FINLAND could be the first country to officially recognise Catalonia as a republic state, in a move that would put the Scandinavian country in direct opposition to the European Union (EU), the Express has reported.