Senegal’s voters head to the polls

Senegal’s voters head to the polls

Voters in Senegal head to the polls on Sunday in a closely watched contest that’s raised concerns over electoral violence and a democratic process. Five candidates, including incumbent President Macky Sall, are competing for the presidency. The others include  Issa Sall and the Unity and Assembly Party (PUR); Ousmane Sonko of…

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Nigerians who went to the polls in droves on Saturday now are waiting for the results of the postponed presidential contest between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition challenger among dozens of candidates in the race. They did so as the threat of electoral violence continued to rise….

Algerian marchers protest another term for Bouteflika

Algerian marchers protest another term for Bouteflika

Young Algerians took to the streets on Friday to protest the possibility of a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing 81-year-old who has been Algeria’s leader since 1999. The marches in Algiers, Oran, Sidi Bel Abbès and beyond featured signs and slogans to oppose another term for the…

Cameroon: Amnesty issues appeal as Kamto heads to court

Amnesty International issued an appeal Thursday on behalf of Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who is expected in military court today on charges which carry the death penalty. Kamto, head of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), is in the first group of 131 people who were arrested in January and…

Uganda’s ruling party backs Museveni for another term

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has received backing from his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to seek another presidential term when the country holds general elections in 2021. Reports of the decision followed the conclusion of NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) retreat at the Chobe Safari Lodge in northwest Uganda….

Nigeria’s PDP blasts Buhari over election interference threat

President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for those who might derail the Nigerian presidential election rescheduled for Saturday, including leaders at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who gave just six hours’ notice at the weekend that the polls would remain closed. What really concerned observers and prompted outcry from…

Nigeria postpones elections just hours before polls open

Nigerian officials have announced a last-minute postponement of the country’s presidential election, holding a press conference at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday – just hours before the polls were set to open. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said electoral officials will be meeting during the day…

UN Security Council set to visit as Guinea-Bissau campaigns begin

Ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council are in West Africa, visiting in Côte d’Ivoire before paying a critical visit to Guinea-Bissau ahead of the nation’s delayed elections. They’re expected to meet with President José Mário Vaz, Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, political party leaders and the country’s electoral commission, among…

Senegal’s electoral violence sparks UNOWAS appeal for calm

Mohamed ibn Chambas, the United Nations special representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), has called for peace on all sides in Senegal ahead of the country’s February 24 elections. That peace was disrupted by the deaths of two people earlier this week in Tambacounda, in eastern Senegal, during episodes…

Nigeria: At least 14 reported dead in Buhari rally stampede

At least 14 people have died following a stampede at President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. Nigerian media outlets including The Nation report the deaths are confirmed by a media spokesman for the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), where many of the victims were taken….

Algeria’s Bouteflika confirms he’ll run for fifth term

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria confirmed on Sunday his intentions to run for a fifth term, one day after his National Liberation Front party said the 81-year-old will run again. Bouteflika’s bid, announced on the Algeria Press Service state news channels, included the promise that if elected he would begin…

Zimbabwe national dialogue begins without Chamisa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa proudly kicked off a Zimbabwean national dialogue process on Wednesday, amid the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis – but opposition leader Nelson Chamisa was among those staying away. Mnangagwa said the dialogue launch marked the fulfillment of a pledge made at his inauguration to advance the…

Algeria’s Bouteflika expected to announce intentions soon

Speculation over a possible fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is running high in Algeria, where a spokesman for Democratic National Rally (RND) party – a key coalition member of the country’s presidential alliance – said Wednesday that he’ll announce a decision next week. Chihab Seddik, speaking with Algerian outlet…