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Legal news from Sunday, January 30, 2011
by Drew Singer

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Saturday that his country's president violated its new constitution when he made a series of judicial, financial and legal appointments without consulting him. President Mwai Kibaki announced on Friday the appointments of chief justice, top prosecutor, attorney general and budget …

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by Drew Singer

African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Jean Ping said on Saturday that International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is guilty of double standards by targeting citizens of African states for prosecution. The comments come in the wake of a vote by Africa's foreign ministers, who on Friday supported Kenya's bid …

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by Drew Singer

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday told members of the African Union (AU) that a recount of November's Ivory Coast presidential runoff election results would be a "grave injustice and unfortunate precedent." Speaking before a high level meeting on the situation in the Ivory Coast, Ban reiterated the UN's …

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by Drew Singer

Belarusian officials on Saturday released seven people, including one presidential candidate, who were taken in to custody last month following protests surrounding the country's presidential election. The release comes amid speculation that the European Union (EU) will reimpose a visa ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST …

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