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Rousseff Impeachment Vote Annulled, Throwing Brazil Legislature Into Chaos

Rousseff Impeachment Vote Annulled, Throwing Brazil Legislature Into Chaos

Brazil’s political tumult has descended into farce after a little-known and newly appointed lower house speaker proclaimed the annulment of last month’s impeachment vote against Dilma Rousseff. The surprise move – which was immediately challenged by senior figures in the senate – provided an absurd twist in the country’s ongoing political drama that would stretch […]

Finish Line Far Out Of Sight In Nigeria’s Race To Beat Corruption

Finish Line Far Out Of Sight In Nigeria’s Race To Beat Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari’s first foreign trip was a symbolic one. He crossed the border to Niger, where his counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, gave Buhari a horse. It seemed an appropriate present for a leader who, since taking the reins of government, has been riding roughshod over some entrenched self-interests in the Nigerian state. Since then, Buhari […]

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

Playing The Enemy: Understanding the ‘hit’ against Madonsela

If someone really did pay a contract killer to take out Thuli Madonsela, they must be quite annoyed that the plot has been exposed before the job was done and that the revelation led to even more hero-worshipping of the public protector. It seems Madonsela’s superhero status rockets every time her detractors try to diminish […]

Uganda: Court Petitioned to Stop Museveni Swearing-in

Uganda: Court Petitioned to Stop Museveni Swearing-in

Two citizens yesterday asked the High court to halt the May 12 inauguration of President Museveni. In their application, Moses Bigirwa and Hakim Kizza contend that Museveni is 79 years old, which according to the Constitution would make him ineligible to be president of Uganda. In his affidavit, Bigirwa wrote: “That I verily believe that […]

Here’s How The Economic Slowdown Could Foil A Clinton Presidency

Here’s How The Economic Slowdown Could Foil A Clinton Presidency

Much has been written about the economic consequences of the slowdown in economic growth in recent years, but what about the political implications? If the slowdown continues, and there is reason to believe that it will, how will it affect the ability of the next president to implement his, or more likely her, economic agenda? […]

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

7 Reasons To Want A Woman As Your President

We’ve heard a lot of people say things like, “You can’t vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman.” In the most abstract sense, that’s sort of true. It seems unlikely that anyone who considers themselves politically progressive would advise voting for, say, Sarah Palin over Barack Obama just because of the former’s gender—especially given […]

Equatorial Guinea polls to extend decades-long rule of Teodoro Obiang

Equatorial Guinea polls to extend decades-long rule of Teodoro Obiang

Citizens in the West African country have cast their votes in presidential elections. Teodoro Obiang, the West African country’s president for the past 36 years, is expected to win this time around too. “We have found many people queuing in front of polling stations and everything is going well,” Emilie Beatrice Epaye, an election observer […]

Chad Election Commission Declares Fifth Term for Deby

Chad Election Commission Declares Fifth Term for Deby

The provisional election results released late Thursday mean that the landlocked central African nation avoids a runoff. More than a dozen candidates had challenged Deby, who came to power in a 1990 military coup. The Electoral Commission said 76 percent of more than 6 million registered voters turned out for the April 10 poll. Earlier […]

Darfur Votes to Keep Five-State System

Darfur Votes to Keep Five-State System

Nearly 98 percent of voters in Sudan’s western Darfur region have voted against reuniting the five separate states in the war-torn region, according to the electoral commission overseeing the referendum. Darfur referendum commission chief Omar Ali Jamaa said Saturday 3.2 million of Darfur’s 3.5 million registered voters cast ballots in the election, which was monitored […]

Iran Bars Female MP for ‘Shaking Hands With Unrelated Man’

Iran Bars Female MP for ‘Shaking Hands With Unrelated Man’

A newly elected female MP in Iran is to be barred from entering the next parliament apparently because she is alleged to have shaken hands with an unrelated man during a trip abroad. Minoo Khaleghi, a reformist politician and environmental activist, has denied claims about the handshake, which would be illegal under Iran’s Islamic law. […]