The Africa Report: 21 August

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

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THE REAL MEASURE OF TUNISIA'S POLITICAL CRISIS

Usually one would measure a crisis by the blood that has been shed.

In Tunisia's case, the Tunisian League of Football has been postponed, and as they are known to be an impassioned footballing nation, this is indicative of how deep the crisis in fact is.

The postponement was announced by the football federation on Tuesday, ahead of the original starting date which would have been on Thursday.

A new starting date has not yet been confirmed.

Initially, the suggestion was made that teams play in empty stadiums due to the political crisis but when the teams asked to be compensated for the lack of tickets sold, the federation could not come up with an appropriate solution.

MOHAMED ELBARADEI TO BE HAULED IN FRONT OF EGYPTIAN COURTS

The man that much of the rest of the world seems to favour for Egyptian incumbency, Mohamed ElBaradei, is now facing a court case following his resignation from the interim cabinet as vice-president.

Initially, the Nobel peace laureate, ElBaradei, supported the coup that saw the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in early July.

He then withdrew his support saying he could not sit back and accept the bloodshed, in which approximately 1000 people's lives have been claimed since Wednesday.

ElBaradei now faces charges of traitorous and disloyal behaviour in front of an Egyptian court, as well as a breach of trust.

UHURU KENYATTA LOOKS EAST

In a symbolic move by Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, the incumbent made his first post-inauguration trip to the east, visiting Russia and China.

Although many African heads of states are looking east, this is a very symbolic move by both Kenyatta and Ruto who face indictment at the International Criminal Court for violence related crimes from the previous elections.

Kenyatta arrived in Moscow last Thursday and headed to superpower China on Sunday where he will stay until Friday.

The trip is centred on discussions promoting investment and trade relations between Kenya, Russia and China.