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Mozambique: Polls open in crucial presidential election

Voting began on Tuesday in Mozambique where voters are electing a new president and other local officials. Four candidates are contesting the presidency but 26 parties and other coalitions are seeking control in legislative and provincial elections. Incumbent President, Filipe Nyusi is seeking re-election and is expected to win to prolong his Frelimo party rule in Mozambique since independence in 1975. He won his first presidential term in the 2014 elections. President Filipe Nyusi who has already cast his ballot has asked citizens, to refrain from violence. President Nyusi has…

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Mozambique: Campaigns end ahead of Tuesday’s elections

Campaigning has ended in Mozambique ahead of crucial presidential, legislative and provincial elections on Tuesday. Four candidates are contesting the presidency but 26 parties and other coalitions are seeking control in legislative and provincial elections. Six opposition parties have also signed a cooperation pact to prevent electoral fraud. These parties are Renamo, MDM, New Democracy, Amusi, Podemos, and the Ecologists. Candidates for presidency Filipe Nyusi who is 60 years is the incumbent President seeking a second term to prolong his Frelimo party rule in Mozambique since independence in 1975. He…

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Tunisians vote in legislative elections amid economic crisis

Tunisians started voting on Sunday in legislative elections weeks after voting in the first round of presidential election. A second round of voting in the presidential election will take place on October 13 and will be contested by two political outsiders – independent academic Kais Saied and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui. Sunday’s parliamentary elections could decide whether Tunisians are gradually breaking away from established political parties or otherwise. Some 15,000 candidates running on party lists or as independents are vying for seats in the 217-seat parliament. Registered voters are…

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Tunisia: Two outsiders to contest presidential runoff poll

Tunisia’s electoral commission has confirmed that a law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui will contest the presidential run-off vote. They are the two candidates out of the 26 that contested this month’s first round of votes who emerged top. According to the independent electoral commission Saied won 18.4% of votes and Karoui 15.6%. Abdelfattah Mourou of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party came third with 12.9%. In the first round a candidate needed a majority of votes to win the election. But since none of them won more…

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Tunisians vote for new leader in presidential election

Tunisians have been voting in a presidential election on Sunday as they choose a new leader following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi. This is the second time Tunisia is holding a free presidential election since 2011 when an uprising toppled ex-president Ben Ali. There are no overwhelming front-runners in this election though. Polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT at most polling centres. There are 26 candidates vying for the presidency including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and two former prime ministers. There is also a former president and the defence…

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Tunisia: 26 candidates approved for presidential race

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Wednesday sad it has approved 26 candidates to run for president next month. Those approved include two women, the electoral commission said. 71 other applicants were rejected after the commission received 98 nomination forms. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed got his candidacy approved as he faces a major task to win the presidential race. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary elections were originally…

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Tunisia: 98 candidates in race to become president

A total of 98 people including Tunisia’s prime minister have submitted their documents to run for president. The country’s electoral commission set Friday as deadline for registration of candidates. On Friday alone, 42 people registered their candidacy for the presidential election. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced on Thursday he would run for president and went ahead to submit his application. He however refused to resign saying “Anyone who is seeking my resignation is in fact aiming to delay the elections and my resignation means the resignation of the government”. Parliamentary…

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DGPR sets Conditions for Participating in 2017 Presidential Elections

DGPR Leaders The Political Bureau of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, during its meeting on 5th March 2016 in Kigali, decided that it will not participate in the upcoming Presidential elections, if the Government of Rwanda does not respond to its demands for political and electoral reforms.  DGPR submitted its petition to the Rwandan Parliament on 10th February 2016, but till now, it has received no response. The opposition Party also decided that it will make a people’s peaceful match and visit to the Rwandan Parliament soon in order…

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Where Are Rwandan Religious Leaders And Activists To Lead Us Out Of Darkness?

By: Dr. David Himbara   Progressive churches world-over are never silent when governments commit crimes and immoral acts against citizens. Often though, conservative churches fail to speak out against immoral and violent acts by governments. Even worse, some churches defend the wrong side of the moral issue. In such cases, the church becomes complicit in injustice, as happened in some South African churches who supported aparheid. Dr. David Himbara In South Africa, the single most known religious activist is Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the retired Anglican bishop. Tutu rose to worldwide…

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US will not support third term for Rwanda’s Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame with the Rwandan Defense Force by Ann Garrison Rodney D. Ford, spokesman for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, has said, in no uncertain terms, that the U.S. will not be supporting a third term by sitting Rwandan President Paul Kagame: “President Kagame is currently serving his second seven-year term in office, having run previously in 2003 and 2010, after winning his first election for president in 2000. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2017. The current Rwandan constitution provides a two-term limit.…

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