Tag: elections

Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Difficult negotiations appear to have finally succeeded in bridging the differences between President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and opposition parties who wanted the president to abide by the constitution and step down, having served the two terms he is legally allowed. President Kabila had sought to stay until 2018 but will […]

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Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—While Ghana busied itself with national elections taking place this week, the U.S. State Department and other agencies were cracking down on one of the most eye-popping corruption scandals in this West African nation. Operating in the center of Accra, a pink building festooned with an American flag was doing a brisk business selling U.S. […]

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Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities. The ANC was beaten in working-class “black township” areas such as Mamelodi in Tshwane, and Motherwell in Port Elizabeth. […]

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Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

(GIN)—With the news of terror attacks, the departure of peacekeepers and the proposed eviction of thousands of Somali refugees in neighboring Kenya, it is easy to miss the news of the first woman candidate running to be Somalia’s next president in next month’s national poll. Fadumo Dayib has overcome adversity before. She was the first […]

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‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Voters trooped to the polls in six countries  across Africa, electing presidents and in Senegal approving a constitution with shorter presidential terms. Among the surprises, the hand-picked successor to the outgoing president of Benin was defeated by a self-made entrepreneur Patrice Talon—“the king of cotton”—who ran as an “authentic Beninese” candidate. During the campaign he […]

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Fears rise that DRC president will ‘cling to power’ in reelection bid

Fears rise that DRC president will ‘cling to power’ in reelection bid

| March 1, 2016

By Kambale Musavuli, for Friends of the Congo  (GIN)—Members of the Congolese opposition are pushing for elections this year and for President Joseph Kabila to step down if elections are not held. Seven senior members of the ruling coalition have already been expelled for urging the president not to cling to power after Dec. 19, […]

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Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

| February 24, 2016

Retirement? Not for President Yoweri Museveni. The 71-year-old leader, who already held office for three decades, once knocked African leaders who “overstay.” Whereas some leaders gather their memories and go, Museveni went to the mat for a fifth term as commander in chief. But, the fight was messy and he stands to squander his legacy […]

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All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

All elections matter: It’s Time to make our voices heard at ballot box in 2016

| February 9, 2016

By Melanie L. Campbell NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist At the time of this writing, in just over a week, Iowa, which has a 3.4 percent black population and New Hampshire, which is less than two percent black, will hold their presidential caucus and primary. From there, the primary battles move to states with larger […]

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Just how blind are we?

Just how blind are we?

| December 2, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist Gil Scott-Heron once asked: “Just how blind will America be? The world is on the edge of its seat; defeat on the horizon, very surprisin’, that we all can see the plot and claim that we cannot. Just how blind America?” Today, forty years later, we ask, “Just […]

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Election blues for poor in Cote D’Ivoire

Election blues for poor in Cote D’Ivoire

| October 27, 2015

(GIN)—While ballots were being counted for the “heavily favored” incumbent president of Cote d’Ivoire this week, solid new housing for the middle class and well-to-do was rising in the colonial city of Grand Bassam. The cement structures are being built by women who carry cement bricks on their heads to the work site for four […]

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