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Gambia President Jammeh Rejects Outcome Of Dec. 1 Election

Gambia President Jammeh Rejects Outcome Of Dec. 1 Election

  Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week’s election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections. The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh’s 22-year rule and […]

The Gambia: Vote Day Communication Blackout Is ‘Deliberate’

The Gambia: Vote Day Communication Blackout Is ‘Deliberate’

Gambians voted on Thursday in the first serious electoral challenge to President Yahya Jammeh, who has said only Allah can remove him from office and once claimed he would rule the tiny riverside West African nation for “a billion years”. Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, has made headlines by claiming to have […]

Elections 2016 A Litmus Test For Africa’s Democracy Darling

Elections 2016 A Litmus Test For Africa’s Democracy Darling

  On December 7, Ghanaians go to vote in the country’s seventh general elections. Following the introduction of multiparty politics in the early 1990s, the country has been recognised as a success story on the continent when it comes to democratic credentials. But concerns have emerged regarding the forthcoming poll. Ghana’s fourth republic has a […]

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon

Ali Bongo sworn in as president of Gabon

Ali Bongo has been sworn in as Gabon’s president for a second seven-year term, three days after his election victory was controversially validated by the Constitutional Court following allegations of fraud. “I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being … and respect and defend […]

China Warns New Hong Kong politicians Not To Back Independence

China Warns New Hong Kong politicians Not To Back Independence

Beijing has told newly elected politicians in Hong Kong not to back independence for the semi-autonomous territory, after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time at the weekend. Sunday’s vote saw activists pushing for more autonomy from Beijing secure a crucial foothold in the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo), as fears grow that China […]

Waging A New War Against Indiscipline

Waging A New War Against Indiscipline

Nigeria is not a democratic country. Although generally described as a democracy, Nigeria is, in reality, an anocracy. An anocracy is a system of government that is half democratic, half autocratic. In true democracies, authority progresses upwards from the people to a dependent centre. In true autocracies, authority flows downwards from an independent centre to […]

What We Can Learn From Turkey’s Failed Coup

What We Can Learn From Turkey’s Failed Coup

The courage displayed by the Turkish people and its government, both supporters and opponents of Erdogan, is a valuable lesson for politicians around the world. There’s a valuable lesson in the reactions of the opposition to the attempted coup. They supported the regime’s legitimacy, and refused the military’s attempt at power. It was clear that […]

African Election Trends 2016: A Good Year for Democracy?

African Election Trends 2016: A Good Year for Democracy?

analysis By Steven Gruzd and Luanda Mpungose With eight countries already going to the polls and seven more planning to do so before December, 2016 has been a busy year for elections in Africa. At the halfway point of the year, what can be concluded about democratic processes across the continent? And what can be […]

Who Is Afraid Of a United Nigeria?

We have arrived again at the anniversary of June 12 Presidential Election, that event that laid bare the intent of the military dictator, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, to subject Nigerians to an unending farce in the guise of seeking a credible national democratic election. For a time, the points went to the military leadership who […]

Remembering MKO And June 12

Remembering MKO And June 12

This day, June 12 will always be remembered by those who have defied the culture of silence and conspiracy against a significant moment in Nigerian history, to remind us of how today, 23 years ago, the battle against the exit of the military from power was fought at the ballot by a determined Nigerian people. […]

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