The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998. He resigned as Fifa’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted to hospital the following year with a lung infection. He was an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health. « He had one idea in his head, to make football a global game with his slogan ‘football is the universal language’, and he succeeded, » said former Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Havelange represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympics – the year he qualified…
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In the night of 13 to 14 August 2016, more than 60 civilians were macheted to death in Beni, eastern DRC, only a few days after President Kabila visited the town and promised to curb the insecurity prevailing there.
A reflection on the political climate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Sébastien Brack, Political Officer at the Kofi Annan Foundation. According to its constitution, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is supposed to organise presidential elections by the end of the year, but it is increasingly obvious that the deadline will not be met. The question putting the whole country on tenterhooks at the moment is what happens next? Is the DRC heading towards another crisis?
On 12 August 2016, President Kabila conducted a one-day visit to Rwanda, meeting his counterpart Paul Kagame in the neighbouring city Rubavu.
In FIFA global ranking issued on 12 August 2016, the DRC team gained three points, rising from last year’s 59th to the current 56th rank. In Africa, the country maintained its 9th rank right before Cape Verde. Below is the list of the FIFA top ten African teams:
The AU appointed facilitator Edem Kodjo visited on 10 August 2016 the National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) of DRC as part of his exchanges with key stakeholders to the dialogue. Kodjo thanked CENCO for its “good and commendable initiatives” avail its good offices in promising to try and iron out divergences between the opposition and the ruling coalition regarding the dialogue https://twitter.com/EdemKodjoRDC/status/763285264009666560 Dispelling recent rumours that he was about to quit, Kodjo said “I am very well around and I have no intention to resign. I received support from various political parties, the civil society and from the ambassadors”. On the…
Civil servants from the DRC Foreign Ministry went on strike on 10 August 2016 in Kinshasa, demanding that the government effectively implement the Diplomatic Status Act and claiming a fair distribution of revenues collected from the sales of passports and visa fees.
Following DRC’s authorities decision not to renew Human Rights Watch researcher Ida Sawyer, the United States on 10 August 2016 urged Congolese authorities to allow the rights activist to continue resume her work in the country.