Tag: elections

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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Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

Outrage widens in Nigeria over postponement of elections

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, while turning out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be allowed to vote after the national electoral commission called off the nation’s presidential poll for […]

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Nigeria at a crossroad

Nigeria at a crossroad

| February 5, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest black nation, is in the news again. And as usual, much of the world is watching with considerable trepidation. On Feb. 14, voters in this West African nation of 170 million people will go to the polls to pick a president. There […]

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Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

Bombs fly as Nigerians prepared to vote

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–As if things could possibly be worse, a bomb was detonated this week within a hair of striking President Goodluck Jonathan, who had just appeared at a campaign rally in northern Nigeria. The northern region is the unofficial headquarters of Boko Haram, the insurgent group that got its start in 2009 seeking isolation from corruption. […]

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