Africa East Africa World 

Djibouti’s president Omar Guelleh re-elected for fifth term

– – Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office has been renewed by voters in Friday’s presidential election. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders secured a fifth term and will now extend his 21-year-long rule. He first took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger in the election was Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician after the main opposition boycotted the polls. The veteran leader secured 98 percent of the vote,…

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Africa East Africa World 

Djibouti: Voting gets underway in presidential election

– – Voters in Djibouti are choosing a new president in a poll that could extend President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders is tipped to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule in Friday’s votes. He took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger is Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician. In 2010 Djibouti’s constitution was revised, scrapping presidential term limits with only…

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Africa Central Africa World 

Internet shutdown in Republic of Congo as voters elect a president

– – The internet has been shutdown on the day of voting in the Republic of Congo as voters choose a new president. Citizens can’t go online, send messages and make calls all in an attempt to prevent expression of opinions on the conduct of the polls via online. ⚠️ Confirmed: Internet has been shut down in the Republic of the #Congo on the day of presidential elections. Network data show a near-total collapse of national connectivity from midnight local time. The incident is ongoing as polls are due to…

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Africa West Africa World 

Niger prepares to hold presidential run off vote on Sunday

– – Niger will hold a presidential run-off vote on Sunday as citizens choose a new leader towards first democratic transfer of power. Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou announced his decision to step down after two five-year terms. His decision has been hailed by many and considered significant in promoting democracy in the West African nation. Issoufou has said “Handing over power in 2021 to a democratically elected successor… will be my greatest achievement.” Sunday’s run-off election is between the outgoing president’s favourite, Mohamed Bazoum or Mahamane Ousmane and who was…

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Africa Central Africa World 

Congo’s 77-year-old leader Sassou Nguesso seeks fourth term

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is seeking a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso first came to power 1979 but had a five-year break after losing elections in 1992. Nguesso was an opposition leader for five years and then came back to power during the Second Civil War (1997–1999) when his rebel forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba. He has since been in power, winning all presidential elections held since 2002. Nguesso supervised the change in constitution in a referendum in…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: President Barrow officially launches new political party

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has officially launched his National People’s Party (NPP) as he presses on for his re-election bid this year. The party was launched over the weekend as he pushed for support for his candidacy for the presidential election on December 4. He told his supporters in Bakau that the NPP “is the party of all categories, based on the notion of true democratic and patriotic citizenship.” A large crowd of delegates and supporters gathered at the Independence Stadium in Bakau amid the Coronavirus pandemic for…

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Africa East Africa World 

Uganda’s President Museveni takes early lead in vote count

– – Uganda’s Incumbent president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken an early lead in the presidential election as votes continue to be collated. Provisional results announced by the Electoral Commission showed that Mr. Museveni, 76, obtained over 1.5 million votes representing 65.02 percent. His closest rival, the musician-turned politician, Bobi Wine was in second position with over 647,146 votes representing 27.39 percent. These are results from 8,310 polling stations out of a total of 34,684 polling stations across the country. Uganda’s electoral commission say results from 23.9% of polling stations…

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Africa East Africa World 

Uganda: Vote counting underway in crucial general elections

– – Counting of ballots is underway in Uganda following general elections characterized by delays and faulty biometric verification machines at some polling stations. There is heightened security as citizens await the outcome of the election, with results expected by Saturday. The chairman of Uganda’s electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, has said the presidential and parliamentary elections were a success. He told journalists in the capital Kampala, that Ugandans turned up in large numbers and voted peacefully amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni, 76, who has been…

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Africa East Africa World 

Ugandans vote in crucial election amid internet shutdown

Ugandans are voting on Thursday in a crucial presidential election characterized by violence and internet shutdown. Voting started at 7:00 am local time and is expected to end at 16:00 local time with longs queues at most polling stations. There have been reports of delays in getting voting materials to various polling stations on time. At some polling stations, biometric voter verification kits failed to work. #UgandaDecides2021 voting just about to start at freedom Square polling station. Heard on radio that several other polling centres are yet to recieve voting…

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Africa Ghana World 

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo sworn in for second term

– – Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in for a second term in office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. He took the oath of office on Thursday in the country’s parliament after a chaotic scene that characterized the election of the speaker of parliament. The oath of office was administered to him by the country’s chief justice, an event that was also boycotted by the opposition MPs. Nana Akufo-Addo beat his main rival, the former president, John Mahama in last year’s presidential election. – – John…

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