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Ramaphosa Wins Most Endorsements In S. Africa’s ANC Campaign

Ramaphosa Wins Most Endorsements In S. Africa’s ANC Campaign

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa won endorsement from most African National Congress branches to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ruling party leader, giving him an edge — but not a guarantee of victory — in this month’s election. Ramaphosa was nominated for the presidency of the ANC by 1,860 branches, while 1,330 backed his main rival Nkosazana […]

Zimbabwe’s Military Seizes Power, Threatening Mugabe’s Rule

Zimbabwe’s Military Seizes Power, Threatening Mugabe’s Rule

  The armed forces seized power in Zimbabwe after a week of confrontation with President Robert Mugabe’s government and said the action was needed to stave off violent conflict in the southern African nation that he’s ruled since 1980. The Zimbabwe Defense Forces will guarantee the safety of Mugabe, 93, and his family and is […]

Liberia’s Supreme Court Halts Presidential Run-off Over Fraud Allegations

Liberia’s Supreme Court Halts Presidential Run-off Over Fraud Allegations

Third-place finisher Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party contested the results of last month’s vote, which set up a Nov. 7 run-off between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai. The election is meant to usher in Liberia’s first democratic transition since 1944, after periods of military rule and civil war that ended in […]

Kenyatta Risks ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ If Kenya Goes Ahead With Election

Kenyatta Risks ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ If Kenya Goes Ahead With Election

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is certain to win re-election in Thursday’s vote rerun after his main rival, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the race, but his victory could prove to be a hollow one. “It would be a Pyrrhic victory for Kenyatta, especially if opposition strongholds boycott as they have promised,” said Nanjala Nyabola, a Nairobi-based independent […]

Liberia’s Vice President, Ex-Football Star Head to Runoff Vote

Liberia’s Vice President, Ex-Football Star Head to Runoff Vote

Former A.C. Milan player Weah wins most votes, Boakai second Runoff on Nov. 7 to determine Ellen Johnson Sirleaf successor George Weah casts his vote for Liberia’s elections, at a polling station in Monrovia on Oct. 10, 2017. Photographer: Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Liberia’s soccer star turned politician George Weah and Vice President Joseph […]

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenya Police Use Teargas, Shoot In Air During Opposition March

Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air on Monday as hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an election. Reuters television footage showed a sport utility vehicle ploughing into some of the protesters, severely injuring […]

Law To Let Museveni Extend Rule Brought To Ugandan Parliament

Law To Let Museveni Extend Rule Brought To Ugandan Parliament

A law amending Uganda’s constitution to allow ageing leader Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule was introduced in parliament on Tuesday, at a session where nearly all its opponents were either barred or stayed away in protest. Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda since 1986. He is as yet ineligible to seek re-election in the next […]

Explain Your Results, Beaten Angola Party Head Tells Electoral Commission

Explain Your Results, Beaten Angola Party Head Tells Electoral Commission

The leader of Angola’s main opposition party called on the country’s electoral commission on Saturday to explain how it compiled provisional election results giving the ruling MPLA party a landslide victory. Isaias Samakuva said his UNITA party, which has rejected the published results of Wednesday’s national ballot, was conducting a parallel count using polling station […]

Angolan Election That Will Bring About The First Leadership In Four Decades

Angolan Election That Will Bring About The First Leadership In Four Decades

Voting ended in a landmark Angolan election that will bring about the first leadership change in almost four decades for Africa’s second-biggest oil producer. “D-day has arrived,” Domingos Francisco said Wednesday as he stood in line behind dozens of voters outside a blue tent that served as a polling station in the Rangel neighborhood in […]

Jittery Kenyans Vote In Odinga’s Last Bid For Presidency

Jittery Kenyans Vote In Odinga’s Last Bid For Presidency

Millions of people go to the polls in Kenya on Tuesday amid fears that the latest electoral clash between its foremost political dynasties could once again descend into violence. President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, the businessman son of Kenya’s first president, is running for the second time against arch rival Raila Odinga, a 72-year-old former political […]

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