The Africa Report: 27 November

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

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Picture: GCIS.

NIGERIAN GOVERNORS DEFLECT ON JONATHAN'S RE-ELECTION

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election hopes have allegedly been marred by the defection of Nigerian governors.

Six governors from Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) defected in August.

The defectors then went on to form a splinter group, the New PDP, but have since joined the opposition party, the All Progress Congress.

The defection and migration means that the opposition now have more state governors than the ruling PDP.

Although analysts believe this will negatively affect Jonathan's 2015 re-election goals, the PDP has responded saying this is testament to the democratic structures within the party and will in effect strengthen their campaign.

EGYPTIAN CONSTITUTION DRAFTERS WALK OUT OVER ACTIVISTS ARRESTS

Ten members of the panel responsible for the drafting of the Egyptian constitution have walked out in protest over the arrests of activists in Cairo.

On Tuesday, a fifth of the 50 panel members walked out of the constituent assembly after activists were detained in the capital city of Cairo.

Following the walk-out, a representative of the assembly assured those in attendance that the activists, who were demonstrating against a new law restricting public protests, would be released soon.

With the walk-out, questions have arisen over the looming deadline for the referendum on the amended constitution.

Initially, the referendum was due for completion by the end of 2013.

However, interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has reported that the crucial document will most likely only be completed by January 2014.

ICC REVERSES TRIAL LAWS ON KENYATTA

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has reversed a previous ruling which would allow Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta to only attend certain parts of his upcoming trial in The Hague.

In October, the ICC ruled that Kenyatta would only have to attend parts of his trial which is due to begin in February.

The initial ruling was made having taken into account that Kenya has no provisions for a stand-in president.

However, the new ruling orders that Kenyatta attend the trial in its entirety.

This ruling follows the refusal by the United Nations to back the African Union's case for a postponement of Kenyatta's trial.

Kenya's president, as well as Deputy President William Ruto, faces charges of inciting and organising post-election violence in 2007 which claimed more than 1,000 lives.