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Mongolians Head To Polls For Election Amid Economic Slowdown

Mongolians Head To Polls For Election Amid Economic Slowdown

Mongolians have gone to the polls to elect a new national government as the country struggles to monetise its vast natural resources amid slumping demand for commodities from its largest trade partner, China. The contest largely comes down to a choice between the ruling Democratic party and the opposition Mongolian People’s party. Both campaigns have […]

Elizabeth Warren Teams Up With Hillary Clinton To Bash Donald Trump In Ohio

Elizabeth Warren Teams Up With Hillary Clinton To Bash Donald Trump In Ohio

Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren used their first joint appearance on the campaign trail to make a decidedly populist appeal to voters in the battleground state of Ohio, and to cast Donald Trump as a narcissist less concerned with working-class Americans than his own profitability. Before a raucous crowd of nearly 2,000, cheers reverberating across […]

Bernie Sanders: I Will Vote For Hillary Clinton – To Stop Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders: I Will Vote For Hillary Clinton – To Stop Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders crossed a verbal watershed in his slow march toward conceding the Democratic nomination contest on Friday by confirming he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November’s election. Despite previous assurances that he would work with her to defeat Donald Trump, the remarks are the first time the leftwing Vermont senator has explicitly supported […]

UN Says Response To Violence In Its South Sudan Camp Marred By Confusion

UN Says Response To Violence In Its South Sudan Camp Marred By Confusion

Confusion about the rules of engagement marred the ability of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) to protect civilians at its compound earlier this year, it has emerged. In a note to correspondents, the UN said on Tuesday evening that it had completed its investigation into an attack on its protection of civilians […]

Somalia’s Limited Polls Overshadowed By Clan Rivalries And Al-Shabaab

Somalia’s Limited Polls Overshadowed By Clan Rivalries And Al-Shabaab

As Somalia prepares to choose a new government in August, there are concerns that the powerful clans who have long dominated political life in the country may try to manipulate the ballot while al-Shabaab militants also pose a threat, a senior UN official has said. Michael Keating, the head of the UN mission in Somalia, […]

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

In April [2015] opponents of [President Pierre Nkurunziza’s] third term began to organise. The ruling party organised two big demonstrations supporting a third term. These were more than counterbalanced by the decision of the Catholic church to oppose the idea, by the creation of the “Stop the Third Term” movement by 15 organisations, and by […]

The ‘Fast, Efficient and Incorruptible’ Ministers Forming Museveni’s Cabinet

The ‘Fast, Efficient and Incorruptible’ Ministers Forming Museveni’s Cabinet

President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to drop nearly half of his previous Cabinet, saying he wanted people who could “move fast, are efficient and incorruptible,” has become a subject of debate. One of the ministries being highlighted is Health, which kept the Ugandan President on the defensive during the election period after Kizza Besigye, the Forum […]

Old Rivals, New Threats: Zimbabwe’s Politicians Ready Themselves For Mugabe’s Death

Old Rivals, New Threats: Zimbabwe’s Politicians Ready Themselves For Mugabe’s Death

To the casual observer, nothing much seems to have happened in Zimbabwe in recent years: Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, remains president and Zanu-PF is still the ruling party more than 35 years after it took power. But there has, in fact, been a tectonic shift. Like Zimbabwean society itself the opposition […]

Malawi: The Finger Pointing Business Must Stop On Albino Killings

Malawi: The Finger Pointing Business Must Stop On Albino Killings

People are still commenting, a lot has been said, conclusions being made, the media has brought to light the ills, others are treating the issue while wearing their political lenses, but mine will be an honest opinion based on how I feel about these killings of people with albinism. According to the recent released report […]

Zambia’s 2016 Elections – Is a Disputed Outcome Now Inevitable?

Zambia’s 2016 Elections – Is a Disputed Outcome Now Inevitable?

A flurry of questionable decisions by the electoral body, media exposés of irregularities, and controversial interventions by the government and military suggests yes Zambia’s enviable record of 25 years of peaceful democratic elections appears to be under threat. With less than ten weeks to go before the country goes to the polls on 11 August, […]