Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth after its military rulers failed to respond to a demand to restore democracy in the Pacific island nation, the organization said Tuesday. “This is an announcement I make with deep regret — it is a step the Commonwealth is now obliged to take, and one that it takes in sorrow,” Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, said in a statement. The 53-nation group gave Fiji’s leadership a September 1 deadline to announce democratic elections for next year.
The United States put some teeth in its diplomatic signals to Honduras Thursday, stopping some aid programs temporarily to the Latin American country as it grapples with its two-president crisis. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the United States already “hit the pause button” on some aid programs, even before State Department lawyers make a final ruling on whether to halt assistance.
Incumbent leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a third term in office after a landslide victory in Algeria’s presidential election, media reports said Friday.
Zimbabwe’s new prime minister on Sunday called the country’s economic situation "dire and serious" and asked the international community for help. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe will have to “borrow and beg” because it needs urgent attention. “Please, be in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe,” he said during a gathering marking the 10th anniversary of his Movement for Democratic Change party, held in Gweru, about 190 miles (300 kilometers) from Harare, the capital.