Africa Central Africa World 

Congo’s Nguesso to rule beyond 40 years after re-election victory

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is set to rule his country beyond four decades after securing a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. He won re-election by a landslide, with 89% of the vote, according to the country’s interior minister. The main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas – who died on Sunday after catching Covid-19 had 8%. The turnout was 67.55% and elections this year were held in a peaceful atmosphere. Republic of the Congo, Presidential election (preliminary results) Sassou-Nguesso (PCT, centre-left/authoritarian): 89%Kolélas (UDH-YUKI, centre):…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s opposition files court papers to challenge 2020 poll results

– – Lawyers for Ghana’s opposition leader, John Mahama have filed court papers at the country’s supreme court challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election. The filing of the court papers took place on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in the capital Accra. On Tuesday the opposition party the NDC said its National Executive Committee (NEC) has approved the party’s decision to go to court to challenge the results of the 2020 elections. Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo won re-election to serve another four year term in office. – – He was declared…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania: Citizens to vote with driving licences, passports

– – Tanzania’s electoral commission has announced that voters with missing identity cards can vote with their driving licences and passports. The electoral body said this will ensure that voters get the chance to exercise their democratic rights without limitation in next week’s general election. According to the commission the names of citizens voting with driving licenses and passports should tally with their details in the voters’ register. In a statement on Twitter the electoral commission said it can guarantee the sanctity of the electoral process. President John Magufuli, is…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria: Tribunal affirms Buhari’s presidential poll victory

The presidential election victory of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been affirmed by the presidential election tribunal. The Tribunal sitting in Abuja affirmed President Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election. The five-man tribunal headed by Justice Garba Mohammed delivered the judgement on Wednesday after months of hearings. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party rejected the outcome of the presidential election in February and filed a challenge at the tribunal. Abubakar claimed in his challenge that the election was marred by irregularities. He mentioned among others over-voting in…

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Rwanda: The parody of democracy

By: Jennifer Fierberg President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has sidestepped the question of running for a third term as President for the last few years.  He has eluded journalists when they have asked him specifically about his future plans and has even gone as far as insulting some reporters telling them that it was none of their business what Rwanda does. However, over the last six months President Kagame has staged quite the brilliant reverse coup in order to remain in office. In a much publicized parade of support, many…

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Rwanda: A Pathway to Instability

AMAHORO – FDU Inkingi – RNC PLATEFORM CHANGING ARTICLE 101 OF THE CONSTITUTION IS A Rwandan RECIPE TO ONE PARTY RULE entrench AND A PATHWAY TO INSTABILITY The decision of RPF party to endorse the change of Article 101 in order to enable incumbent President Kagame to run for a third term is a betrayal of the true wish of the population and a dangerous move. While there is a general consensus in Africa and elsewhere que la future stability and sustainable economic development of the continent depends on building strong…

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Rwanda’s Supreme Court postpones Green Party case

Dr. Frank Habineza, the only opposition figure in Rwanda against the third term and possible constitutional change The Rwandan Supreme Court has agreed to postpone the Green Party v the government of Rwanda case to allow the plaintiff time to find a lawyer. The court was scheduled to hear the case Wednesday July 8 but Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party requested more time as he tries to get a lawyer in the high profile case where he is suing the government to block a possible alteration to the…

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How Has President Paul Kagame Performed Economically Since 2000?

By: Dr. David Himbara The one-sided debate inside Rwanda that calls for 3rd presidential term for Kagame pushes the line that he is a rare and economic miracle performer. But hold on. Take look at this data from the just published 2015 World Development Indicators by the World Bank. We can use the indicators to make evidence-based judgment on what Kagame presidency has actually meant for Rwandans. Structurally, Rwanda’s economy remains the same as it was in 2000.* Growth domestic product was $1.7bil in 2000 and grew to $7.5 billion…

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U.S. diplomat arrested with pro-democracy activists in Congo

Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested a U.S. diplomat along with pro-democracy activists, journalists and musicians on Sunday following a news conference in the capital Kinshasa, a government spokesman and witnesses said. The event was held by activists from Congo, Senegal and Burkina Faso at a cultural center and was attended by around 20 journalists and observers. Around a dozen soldiers, both in uniform and civilian clothes, entered the hall as the news conference finished and began making arrests, a Reuters witness said, adding that some attendees were assaulted during the…

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Congo delays vote on electoral law, West urges revisions

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate has delayed until Friday a vote on changes to the electoral law after calls from Western powers to withdraw or alter the proposed bill, which has sparked days of violent protests. The new legislation calls for a census before elections due next year. President Joseph Kabila’s allies say the move is necessary to update voter lists, but critics say it is a ploy to allow him to remain in office beyond the period of his final term. The capital was largely quiet on Thursday but…

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