Death of Kenyan IEBC official heightens fears over electoral violence

Death of Kenyan IEBC official heightens fears over electoral violence

Authorities in Kenya say that a key election official responsible for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) technology systems was tortured and killed, just days before the country’s contentious elections. Chris Msando was missing for three days before his body was discovered near Kikuyu, to the northwest of Nairobi….

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

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…