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  • Liberia: Weaah, Boakai up for runoff

    LIBERIA, 2017/10/16 With 74 % of total votes in the October presidential election tallied, it is obvious that the two frontrunners, George Manneh Weagh of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change and Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ruling Unity Party are poised to go for a runoff.According to the results announced Saturday by National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome Korkoya, Weah accumulated 441,830 or 39.2 % of the 1,193,331 votes tallied, while Joseph Boakai obtained 334,162 or 29.6 % of the votes.
  • Kenya bans protests, setting up showdown with opposition supporters

    KENYA, 2017/10/13 Tensions rose in Kenya on Thursday as the government banned demonstrations and indicated that it would go ahead with an election rerun that the opposition is convinced cannot be free and equitable under the current system. The order sets authorities on a collision course with supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who before this week pulled out of the Oct. 26 vote. Major demonstrations against the electoral commission, which the opposition sees as favoring incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, have been called for Friday.
  • After stability under Sirleaf, Liberians long for more from next leader

    LIBERIA, 2017/10/09 As Liberia goes to the polls on Tuesday, some see ex-footballer George Weah as the man to provide jobs and proper housing.
  • Mugabe Reveals Why He Will Not Resign As Zimbabwean President

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/10/04 Long-serving Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has likened members of his party demanding for his resignation to biblical Judas Iscariot. It is alleged that members of Mugabe’s party, the ZANU-PF, have privately been pushing for the retirement of Mugabe, who has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980. Speaking during the burial of a member of the party, the 93-year-old insisted he would remain as President.
  • Who is Angola's next president Joao Lourenco?

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/26 Angola's Joao Lourenco will be sworn in on Tuesday as president replacing Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil-rich country with an iron grip for 38 years. Who is the man who ran on the ticket of the MPLA? Joao Lourenco is considered to be a loyal party soldier - a man who has always been ready to take on better responsibility in the governing People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). He served as governor in several provinces of Angola, and between 1992 and 1997 he was responsible for propaganda in the MPLA's Politburo. Later, he served as the party's secretary-general for several years.
  • Women Make Up More Than Half of Rwanda's New Cabinet

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Rwandan President Paul Kagame has unveiled a gender-balanced Cabinet in accordance with an before pledge, with 11 of 20 posts taken by women. The President and his new Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente named a mix of former ministers and new figures in their line-up that as well saw new dockets created.
  • Rwanda: Senate Approves Eight New Heads of Institutions

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 The Senate Thursday approved eight public officials who were last week appointed to lead various agencies, with some suggesting an audit into the institutions before the doors are opened to their new leadership. Senator Perrine Mukankusi wondered if the appointees were not curious to take on their new offices starting on a clean slate. "Is it not necessary that the new officials initial conduct an audit into these offices before they take them up so that they know exactly the magnitude of the issues that they have to transaction with?" she asked.
  • Angola's Elections Trigger a Crisis of Legitimacy

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/11 As the presidential electoral results in Kenya were being overturned last week by the country's highest court, the post-election crisis in Angola continued to deepen. The opposition lacks legal avenues for recourse and the government is scrambling to hide its crisis of legitimacy. The 23 August elections marked a turning point in the country's political order. It is the biggest challenge the governing People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has faced since the end of the war in 2002 at the same time as it installed a system of unchecked and unchallenged hegemony.
  • Zimbabwe Election Commission keen to avoid Kenyan situation

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/09/10 Zimbabwe’s election commission says it is keen to avoid a repeat scenario of what happened in Kenya where the presidential polls were nullified last week. Speaking through its chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, the election body said it will conduct next year’s elections in accordance with the country’s electoral laws.
  • Angolan opposition parties formally challenge election results in court

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/10 Three out of the five Angolan opposition parties that contested in the August 23 elections have filed formal appeals at the Constitutional Court demanding the annulment of the results that secured massive victory for the ruling MPLA party. The three parties, inclunding the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the FNLA and the PRS, filed their petitions on Friday alleging widespread irregularities, AFP reports.