Incumbent Macky Sall wins Senegal presidential election: PM

According to provincial tally, Sall garnered at least 57 percent of votes, paving the way for his second and final term. Dakar, Senegal – President Macky Sall has won Sunday’s presidential election in Senegal, the country’s prime minister said, as electoral offficials warned candidates not to release their own tallies following the vote. Mahammed Dionne, citing a provincial tally, said […]

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Fears of violence in Nigeria ahead of Saturday vote

With the presidential and legislative elections just days away, political watchers and voters fear spike in violence. Lagos, Nigeria – Fears of violence have gripped many in Nigeria days before the presidential and legislative elections on February 16 with at least five deaths reported so far in pre-poll clashes. On Sunday, five members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were […]

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Nigeria elections: Buhari seeks second term in delayed polls

Tight race predicted between President Buhari and opposition leader Abubakar, after week-long delay over security fears. Abuja, Nigeria – Nigerians are heading to the polls in one of the most closely contested presidential and legislative elections in the country’s political history, after a week-long delay over security fears. About 120,000 polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT across Africa’s most populous nation […]

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Tiny South African beach restaurant crowned best in the world

Wolfgat, which opened last year in an isolated fishing village on South Africa’s Western Cape, named best in the world. A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated fishing village in South Africa was named the best in the world on Monday, at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when […]

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Eight killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

The attack comes hours before the electoral commission announced the postponement of Nigeria elections. Boko Haram fighters have killed eight people in an attack in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, a leader of a civilian task force said. Two residents were shot dead and two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Friday’s attack on Maiduguri’s Jiddari Polo neighbourhood.  The incident comes a […]

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Observers advocate transparency in Nigeria's electoral process

The Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed incidents of ballot box destruction, voter intimidation and abduction of election officials. Election observers in Nigeria say there is a great need for more transparency in the process in the country as results continue to be tallied from Saturday’s vote. The delayed opening of polling centres and some problems with electronic voting machines […]

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Algeria's opposition fails to agree on joint candidate

Diverse opposition says it needs time to consult party hierarchies before deciding on consensus candidate. Leaders from Algeria’s diverse opposition parties have failed to agree on a joint candidate to face incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the April 18 presidential election. A five-hour meeting on Wednesday, organised by the Islamist Justice and Development Front party (MRN), ended with participants unable […]

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How successful was Ghana’s Year of Return?

An initiative aimed at encouraging members of the African diaspora to visit Ghana has been described as “a great success” by President Nana Akufo-Addo. The Year of Return, 2019, was linked to the 400th anniversary of slaves landing in the US – said to be the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans in the Americas. Ghana was a key transit […]

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Uneasy calm in Zimbabwe amid stay-at-home fuel price protest

Internet blackouts and business closures follow days of deadly protest in Zimbabwe’s major cities. An uneasy calm returned to Zimbabwe’s main cities but businesses and schools remained closed and mobile networks enforced a government internet shutdown on the final day of a national strike triggered by a steep rise in fuel prices. In central Harare, shops, banks, fast-food chains, and […]

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Riot police deployed at DRC electoral body before vote result

Violence feared as election commission prepares to announce presidential poll results marred by accusations of fraud. Riot police deployed at the electoral commission headquarters in Kinshasa on Wednesday amid fears of a disputed result in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election marked by accusations of vote fraud. The tally could be announced later in the day after the commission (CENI) met […]

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