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Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

Bitter Rivals’ Embrace Shakes Up Kenyan Politics

A surprise handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga has stirred up Kenyan politics as the long-time rivals set their sights on the 2022 elections.   Less than a year since Kenyatta was re-elected to a second and final term in a vote that Odinga called a farce, the two shook hands […]

Ethiopia’s New PM Meets Opposition Leaders

Ethiopia’s New PM Meets Opposition Leaders

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has held talks with officials from opposition groups and civil society, state-affiliated media said, in the latest sign he is willing to push through political reforms announced in the wake of protests. The 42-year-old former army officer was sworn in as premier on April 2 after his predecessor Hailemariam […]

Political Crisis Eases as Kenya’s Odinga Vows to End Dissent

Political Crisis Eases as Kenya’s Odinga Vows to End Dissent

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed to end a defiance campaign after his first talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta since disputed elections, easing the East African nation’s political crisis. The meeting, which came hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to arrive in Kenya as part of an African tour, represents a […]

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 […]

Low Turnout Taints Kenyatta Victory In Kenya Election Re-Run

Low Turnout Taints Kenyatta Victory In Kenya Election Re-Run

Results of Kenya’s presidential election re-run started to trickle in on Friday, with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate. With nearly all followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga heeding the veteran’s call for a boycott, Kenyatta’s victory is not […]

Kenyans Vote in Election Rerun Boycotted by Main Opposition

Kenyans Vote in Election Rerun Boycotted by Main Opposition

Kenyans voted in a presidential-election rerun that President Uhuru Kenyatta is guaranteed of winning after his main rival withdrew, as protests erupted in some opposition strongholds. Early turnout was much lower than the previous election on Aug. 8, with only handfuls of people arriving at polling stations in the capital, Nairobi, when they opened at […]

Kenya Braces for Trouble as Opposition Rejects Vote Results

Kenya Braces for Trouble as Opposition Rejects Vote Results

Kenyans are bracing themselves for trouble after the main opposition alliance said the vote-counting system had been hacked and that preliminary results from Tuesday’s elections showing President Uhuru Kenyatta has a commanding lead are “fake.” With votes from more than 90 percent of polling stations counted, Kenyatta has 54.4 percent support, while his main rival Raila […]

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their […]

New Details Emerge On Museveni, Besigye Talks

New Details Emerge On Museveni, Besigye Talks

The Swedish mediator for the planned talks between President Museveni and four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, secretly visited and held one-on-one, but separate, conversations with the two men in December 2016 and again last month, this newspaper can reveal. Details contained in official correspondences show that Ms Annika Söder, the Swedish State Secretary, has […]

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has offered to hold talks with opposition parties in an apparent bid to ease tensions over his contested re-election last year, but his main political rival swiftly rejected the call for dialogue. Responding to a presidency statement issued late on Friday, opposition leader Jean Ping branded the proposal for talks starting […]

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