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Fight For Power Takes New Forms As Kenyan Elections Approach

Fight For Power Takes New Forms As Kenyan Elections Approach

A crowd of elated young men danced outside the market in Kenya’s southern Kisumu city, waving the crisp new 200 shilling ($2) notes that a local politician was distributing from behind a dusty speaker that pounded out music. Shoppers paid scant attention. Cash handouts are common during African elections; in Kenya, the devolution of power […]

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

Zuma’s Plan to Retain Sway in South Africa: Keep Power in Family

South African President Jacob Zuma may maintain his political clout well after he relinquishes office if his ex-wife and mother of four of his children, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, succeeds him. While Zuma, 75, hasn’t openly anointed an heir, his comments that the party is ready to be led by a woman have been widely seen as support […]

Kenya’s Ruling Coalition Annuls Party Primaries After Chaotic Voting

Kenya’s Ruling Coalition Annuls Party Primaries After Chaotic Voting

Kenya’s ruling coalition annulled party primaries held on Friday, the organisation’s secretary general said, and reports of widespread anger over chaotic voting raised fears that poorly organised national polls in August could spark violent protests. “Today’s have been cancelled, those on Monday and Tuesday could still go ahead,” an official with the ruling Jubilee coalition […]

Mugabe’s Ruling Party Fractures as Zimbabwean Opposition Unites

Mugabe’s Ruling Party Fractures as Zimbabwean Opposition Unites

As Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party is increasingly gripped by faction fighting, a once-splintered opposition is pledging to mount a united challenge to the 93-year-old leader in elections next year. At the center of the infighting in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is its political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, a leading figure in the […]

Kenya’s President Warns Against Violence During Party Nominations

Kenya’s President Warns Against Violence During Party Nominations

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday his government would not tolerate violence between rival camps of supporters in party primaries before a national election in August. Two parliamentary candidates have been treated in hospital after being caught up in such a clash – a decade after an eruption of ethnic violence, in which more […]

Theresa May Seeks Snap U.K. Election to Get Brexit Backing

Theresa May Seeks Snap U.K. Election to Get Brexit Backing

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will seek an early election on June 8, in an unexpected gamble aimed at strengthening her hand going into talks on leaving the European Union. The surprise statement came less than a month after she triggered the formal start of Brexit and marks a reversal of her position […]

Erdogan’s Bid for More Power Awaits Outcome of Turkish Vote

Erdogan’s Bid for More Power Awaits Outcome of Turkish Vote

Turkish voters will decide on Sunday whether to endorse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to centralize power in his hands in the most radical shake-up since the republic was formed 93 years ago. Opinion polls this month showed the referendum was too close to predict after two months of campaigning that divided Turks and damaged […]

ANC Split in Zuma’s Heartland Threatens His Succession Plans

ANC Split in Zuma’s Heartland Threatens His Succession Plans

As South Africa faces its worst political crisis in a decade with thousands of protesters demanding President Jacob Zuma’s ouster, a key battle to determine who will succeed him is raging on his home turf. The eastern KwaZulu-Natal region accounts for more than a fifth of the ruling African National Congress’ members, the most of the […]

Protesters Gather in South Africa for Second Anti-Zuma March

Protesters Gather in South Africa for Second Anti-Zuma March

Hundreds of people started gathering in South Africa’s capital to call for President Jacob Zuma to resign, the second such demonstration in less than a week. At least 10,000 people are expected to take part in the march in Pretoria led by civil-rights groups and seven opposition parties including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the […]

New Details Emerge On Museveni, Besigye Talks

New Details Emerge On Museveni, Besigye Talks

The Swedish mediator for the planned talks between President Museveni and four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, secretly visited and held one-on-one, but separate, conversations with the two men in December 2016 and again last month, this newspaper can reveal. Details contained in official correspondences show that Ms Annika Söder, the Swedish State Secretary, has […]