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

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…

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…

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…

New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

A group of United Nations experts called on the Malawi government on Friday to act quickly to prevent people with albinism from attacks and killings linked to cultural superstitions, especially as the May elections approach. Malawi has seen 150 such cases since 2014, with an uptick in recent weeks that…

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…

Nigerian opposition outraged as Buhari defends judge suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari has defended the suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice on the grounds of corruption, but the decision ahead of February 16 elections has raised alarm over the motive. Justice Walter Onnoghen would rule on any election-related legal challenge confronting Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party,…

DR Congo court rejects Fayulu election challenge

The Constitutional Court in Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed an appeal filed by losing presidential candidate Martin Fayulu, in a ruling late Saturday that paves the way for final confirmation of a victory for Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). The court’s decision was…

DR Congo: AU calls for halt on final election result decision

The African Union has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the announcement of final results in the contested December 30 elections, following an emergency meeting at AU headquarters on Thursday. The AU and other stakeholders in Addis Ababa said there were “serious doubts” on provisional results that…

Report: Amid election crisis, 900 died in DR Congo village clashes

The United Nations human rights agency, OHCHR, said Wednesday that some 900 people died during three days in December in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mai-Ndombe province, in communal violence stoked by the country’s heightened political tensions. The clashes between the Banunu and Batende people stretched across four villages in the…