Macron defeats Le Pen in France’s presidential election

Macron defeats Le Pen in France’s presidential election

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron cruised to victory in the second and final round of national elections on Sunday, defeating the controversial National Front Party candidate Marine Le Pen. With 93 percent of the vote counted, the independent centrist Macron claimed 65 percent of the vote to Le Pen’s 35 percent in…

Somalia sets new presidential election date amid Mogadishu violence

Somalia sets new presidential election date amid Mogadishu violence

In Somalia, officials now say February 8 will be the long-waited presidential election day. The electoral commission announced the date Wednesday following a series of discussions by the electoral commission and the newly inaugurated federal parliament, whose members were sworn in at the end of December. Somalia’s elections have seen…

Mohamud welcomes Somali-American Ilhan Omar to Mogadishu

Somalia welcomed newly elected American legislator Ilhan Omar home to Mogadishu on Tuesday, where she met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali American left as a child and lived for years in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya before moving to the United States in 1997. She is the…

Uneasy Gambians wait as ECOWAS heads meet with Jammeh, #Barrow

In The Gambia, the political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept results of the December 1 elections continued Tuesday, but none of the day’s developments appeared to bring the West African nation any closer to a resolution. A delegation of regional heads of state, including Nigerian President…

Ghana confirms Akufo Addo win as Mahama concedes election

Ghanaian presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo has said that incumbent President John Dramani Mahama has called to concede, and to congratulate him on his victory in the 2016 Presidential Election. Akufo Addo’s social media message late Friday followed multiple reliable reports of his New Patriotic Party (NPP) victory, and was confirmed…

UNSC appeals to DR Congo for calm, urges CENCO dialogue results

The United Nations Security Council said it is closely monitoring political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and remains concerned about escalating violence and instability ahead of the December 19 election deadline. “The Security Council reiterates its call upon all political parties, their supporters and other political actors to…