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…

Mali elections: Keïta, Cissé head to August 12 runoff

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…

Comoros referendum vote under scrutiny after landslide approval

Officials in the Comoros said Tuesday that a constitutional referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term has passed with an overwhelming 93 percent of the vote. The provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission showed 170,240 votes in favor of the measure, which would…

Tense Comoros awaits results on Assoumani referendum

Officials in the Comoros said they’re still tallying the results of a divisive referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term in the Indian Ocean island nation. Interior Minister Mohamed Daoud said late Monday that 63 percent of voters participated across the three islands, with an…

Uneasy Mali counts down to Sunday elections

The head of the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) says that the country is prepared for a successful election on Sunday, despite the recent rise in violence against civilians and the chronic challenges presented by regional Islamic extremists. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, speaking with the MINUSMA radio network in Mali,…

HRW calls for accountability in Guinea’s electoral violence

Authorities in Guinea have yet to take seriously the allegations of abuses by government security forces during violent street protests that rocked the small West African nation following its February elections. That’s according to a new report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, which found “credible evidence that Guinea’s security…

UN human rights chief warns of spiraling CAR violence

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is appealing to the international community to take serious measures to curb the spiraling ethnic and communal violence in Central African Republic. “Last week’s violence in Bangui demonstrates just how volatile the situation is, and how easily crowds…

With new Kinshasa office, SADC hopes to promote DR Congo stability

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has opened an office in Democratic Republic of Congo it says will establish a greater presence for the regional body amid Kinshasa’s national political crisis. The SADC office “provides an avenue for closer collaboration with stakeholders in the DRC, in the continued efforts by…

Protests in Madrid continue over Senegalese migrant death

Hundreds of people gathered Friday evening in the central Lavapiés neighborhood of Madrid to protest against police treatment of migrants, following the death Thursday of a 35-year-old Senegalese man. The protesters in Nelson Mandela Square were peaceful, according to El Mundo, but riot police were on hand to ensure that…

MONUSCO: Six dead in Congolese protests against Kabila government

Six people were killed Sunday in Kinshasa, as security forces shut down protest marches against President Joseph Kabila’s government organized by lay leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Roman Catholic churches. Florence Marchal, a spokeswoman for the United Nations mission there, told MONUSCO-affiliated Radio Okapi that there also were…