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Namibians vote in crucial presidential and parliamentary polls

Namibians went to the polls on Wednesday to vote for a new president and parliamentarians in elections considered crucial and anticipated to be tight. The ruling Swapo party has been in power since independence from South Africa in 1990 and is expected to prolong that hold on power. Incumbent President Hage Geingob who is the country’s third leader since independence is seeking a second and final term in office. He is facing opposition from Namibia’s first female presidential candidate, Esther Muinjangue as well as Panduleni Itula, who is a member…

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Africa East Africa World 

Ethiopia’s Sidama people hold crucial autonomy vote

Ethiopia’s Sidama people are holding a vote to decide whether to become an autonomy region or otherwise. Wednesday’s referendum could trigger similar action from other ethnic groups also seeking more autonomy. The Sidama people form 4% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population and Wednesday’s autonomy vote is coming ahead of a general election next year. In July clashes between security forces and Sidama activists led to the death of atleast 17 people after the government delayed the poll at the time. Local media reports that there is huge interest among the…

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Africa Botswana Featured Southern Africa World 

Botswana: Voting begins in crucial general election

Polls have opened in Botswana on Wednesday as citizens vote in a crucial general election. Voting started at 6:30 a.m, local time (0430 GMT) and close at 7 p.m local time. The election is seen as a major test for the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) which has been in power for the past five decades. Botswana is one of southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nations but still has a major task of transforming its economy further. More than 900,000 registered voters are participating in the election to choose…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

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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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

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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Africa North Africa World 

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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U.S. Deeply Concerned About Rising Tensions in Burundi

Press Statement The United States is deeply concerned by the rising tensions in Burundi in advance of general elections beginning in May that, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, have led over 8,000 Burundians to flee to neighboring countries to escape intimidation and violence, including by the youth militias of the ruling party. The United States calls on all parties in Burundi to play a constructive and peaceful role in this electoral process and to refrain from any acts, including hate speech, violence, or other…

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