Report: Poll chief killed near Timbuktu during Mali runoff election

Report: Poll chief killed near Timbuktu during Mali runoff election

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali was expected to win Sunday’s second-round runoff election, as he faced Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast in the July 29 election, according…

Mnangagwa inauguration on hold as MDC files legal challenge

Mnangagwa inauguration on hold as MDC files legal challenge

In Zimbabwe, the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been postponed following a legal challenge to the July 30 election that gave Mnangagwa a narrow win. “Our legal team successfully filed our court papers,” said Nelson Chamisa, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance candidate who has consistently refused to…

DRC: Kabila won’t run again as Shadary gets the nomination

President Joseph Kabila will not run for a third term in Democratic Republic of Congo’s elections in December, as his PPRD party announced the selection of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary on Wednesday. Shadary, a Kabila ally and secretary for the ruling party, was named as Congolese candidates met the registration deadline….

Chamisa steadfast on refusing election results amid Zimbabwe crackdown

The incidents of attacks on Zimbabwe’s political opposition and their supporters are mounting, and Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to act quickly and put an end to the crackdown. “With soldiers unleashing violence against ruling party opponents, the veneer of respect for human rights…

DRC: Katumbi turned away at border but vows to press on

Congolese politician Moïse Katumbi was still in neighboring Zambia on Saturday, after hopes for a jubilant welcome at the border turned to dismay when the Democratic Republic of Congo refused to let him enter. The government said Friday that his plane from South Africa could not arrive at the Lubumbashi…

Zimbabwe election updates: Mnangagwa declared winner

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the victor in Zimbabwe’s presidential election, after results released late Thursday showed him with 50.8 of the votes – just enough above the required threshold to avoid a September 8 runoff. Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes compared with challenger Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance candidate who received 2,147,436…

Mali elections: Keïta, Cissé head to August 12 runoff

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali will face Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, in a second-round runoff to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Territorial Administration responsible for…

DRC: Katumbi blocked from returning, Bemba harassed in Kinshasa

The plans for exiled politician Moïse Katumbi to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday are in question, after local authorities said his plane from South Africa cannot arrive at the Lubumbashi airport without necessary approval of aviation authorities. Katumbi’s “Together for Change” coalition party announced on Monday…

Zimbabwe election: Growing concern over a ‘calm before the storm’

There’s restless confusion in Zimbabwe, as opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance – as well as incumbent Zanu PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa – each suggest they will be the country’s new leader, without any formal confirmation of results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). That’s leading to questions…

Chamisa claims a big lead as Zimbabwe waits on election results

In Zimbabwe, presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa claimed to be “winning resoundingly” in his bid against incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa , in a pre-dawn message early Tuesday. “We now have results from the majority of the over 10,000 polling stations. We’ve done exceedingly well,” Chamisa said in his 5 a.m. Twitter…

Kabila challenger Katumbi to arrive in Lubumbashi on Friday

With the announcement that exiled politician Moïse Katumbi will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo to challenge President Joseph Kabila for office, comes a request for his security once he arrives. Katumbi’s “Together for Change” coalition party announced on Monday that their candidate will arrive on Friday at the…