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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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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Police clash with opposition MPs amid post-election protest

– – Minority MPs in Ghana’s parliament are livid after clashing with police during a protest march to the Electoral Commission on Tuesday. The minority MPs were marching to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC) to challenge the results of the Presidential elections declared in favour of the incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo. They were also demanding a recollection of some of the parliamentary results declared for the candidates of the ruling NPP. But they were blocked by armed police who have mounted barricades to stop them from entering the premises of…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Police clash with opposition supporters challenging election results

– – Supporters of the opposition party, NDC in Ghana have clashed with the police as they continue their protests against the conduct of the December 7 elections. They have been staging nationwide protests, challenging the declaration of the incumbent Nana Akufo Addo as President-elect. The largest opposition party has also accused the Electoral Commission of vote padding and rigging to keep the governing party in power. Hundreds of NDC supporters on Thursday morning marched to the EC headquarters, in the capital, Accra chanting slogans such as “No Mahama No…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Police clash with opposition supporters challenging election results

– – Supporters of the opposition party, NDC in Ghana have clashed with the police as they continue their protests against the conduct of the December 7 elections. They have been staging nationwide protests, challenging the declaration of the incumbent Nana Akufo Addo as President-elect. The largest opposition party has also accused the Electoral Commission of vote padding and rigging to keep the governing party in power. Hundreds of NDC supporters on Thursday morning marched to the EC headquarters, in the capital, Accra chanting slogans such as “No Mahama No…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s president appoints 15-member transition team

– – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday appointed a 15-member transition team to ensure he begins his second term in office smoothly. President Akufo-Addo was declared winner for a second term in this month’s presidential election. Ghana’s constitution requires that the winning presidential candidate names a transitional team within 24 hours after the electoral commission officially declares results. The team will be chaired by President Akufo-Addo’s chief of staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare. The election commission on Wednesday said President Akufo-Addo won the election with 51.59% of the total votes…

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