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Governors And The Politics Of Succession By Reuben Abati

Governors And The Politics Of Succession By Reuben Abati

The recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states threw up a number of issues about the politics of succession in Nigeria. In Edo state, you would think it was the then incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole seeking re-election. He campaigned more than the candidate. He danced, waved the broom, his party’s symbol, far more enthusiastically […]

Zambian President’s Inauguration Delayed Until Court Rules On Vote

Zambian President’s Inauguration Delayed Until Court Rules On Vote

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Tuesday his inauguration would be delayed until a court rules on a challenge from his main election rival who said the vote was rigged. Results on Monday showed Lungu narrowly won re-election in Africa’s second-largest copper producer which is suffering an economic slump due to depressed commodity prices. But […]

Thailand Referendum Gets Under Way As Military Seeks To Cement Power

Thailand Referendum Gets Under Way As Military Seeks To Cement Power

Thailand votes on Sunday in a referendum on a new junta-backed constitution that would pave the way for a general election in 2017 but require future governments to rule on the military’s terms. The referendum is the first major popularity test for the junta led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as prime minister has suppressed political […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hilary Clinton And The Democratic National Convention: Seven Takeaways

LOUD WHISPERS: Hilary Clinton And The Democratic National Convention: Seven Takeaways

Last week I stayed up four nights in a row, literally. From 8pm our local time till 5am, I watched the proceedings of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which took place in Philadelphia. I did not miss one single minute of the broadcasts on CNN. Since a love of political analysis is something my husband […]

Few Republicans Want To Campaign With Trump

Few Republicans Want To Campaign With Trump

As Donald Trump staggers following a series of self-inflicted political wounds, Republican candidates up and down the ballot are expressing growing disinterest in hitting the campaign trail with him this fall. Over the past week, POLITICO surveyed nearly 50 GOP candidates in competitive House, Senate and governor’s races on whether they’d be willing to campaign […]

Feds Probing Clinton Campaign Hacking

Feds Probing Clinton Campaign Hacking

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating a computer hack of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in addition to its examination of intrusions of other Democratic Party organizations, two law enforcement officials said Friday. The campaign said in a statement that its internal systems were not compromised. “An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and […]

Uganda: FDC Defiance Campaign Case Hearing Flops

Uganda: FDC Defiance Campaign Case Hearing Flops

The much anticipated hearing of the constitutional petition in which the Attorney General is seeking to completely ban the defiance campaign activities of the largest opposition political party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), flopped on Friday after two justices on the panel of five were indisposed. The hearing of the main petition had been […]

Uganda: Govt Draws Media Into Museveni, Besigye Fight

Uganda: Govt Draws Media Into Museveni, Besigye Fight

The Cabinet pronouncement banning live broadcasts of the “defiance campaign” placed the media right at the centre of the fight between President Museveni and Dr Kizza Besigye, prompting reactions from different circles. The ban was announced yesterday by Information minister Jim Muhwezi, in a high profile press conference that was attended by Attorney General Fredrick […]

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 […]

Is Zimbabwe Ready for Female President?

Is Zimbabwe Ready for Female President?

Zimbabwean women arguably contributed the most to the liberation struggle by giving up their childhood, their sons, daughters and husbands to the war; and they have survived to tell their stories. Many women joined the protracted war of liberation as minors, while others supported the valiant freedom fighters with food and shelter; they nursed the […]