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Elections, water, cyber shutdowns, peacekeeping pose risks in 2022

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As the new year arrives, security experts are closely watching certain conflict hot spots and tracking long-term trends that threaten to boil over. Recurring...

World powers press for Libya elections but disputes remain

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World powers will push for sanctions against anyone who disrupts Libya's electoral process and political transition, they said in Paris on Friday, though big...

Guinea junta bars its members from running in next elections

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Guinea's junta said on Monday its members are barred from standing in the next national or local elections, and that it will agree on...

UN-backed Libya talks fail to reach consensus on elections

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UN-sponsored talks aimed at paving the way for elections in Libya in late December failed to find common ground, the deputy of the United...

Ethiopia prepares for tense, long-delayed elections

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Ethiopia is preparing for national and regional parliamentary elections on Monday that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said will be the country's first free...

Malians to vote next February

Mali will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 27 next year to restore a democratic government after last year's military coup, the transitional...

ISS: A third election without main opposition parties in Benin

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Political exclusion ahead of the vote is a strategy by incumbents in West Africa to guarantee re-election. On 11 April, Benin will hold its seventh...

Kenyan court says police to blame for death of girl after...

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A Kenyan inquest has ruled that police are to blame for the death of a 9-year-old girl during violence after the 2017 elections, saying...

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

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Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the electoral body...

Central African Republic braces for tense elections amid conflict

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Central African Republic will vote in a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday under high security after a surge in rebel violence surrounding...

Deadly protests rock Niger over contested election result

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Supporters of the losing presidential candidate in Niger set several buildings on fire, burnt tyres and threw rocks at the police on Thursday, as...

ISS: CAR elections expose the depth of the country’s crisis

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Is more robust engagement needed to neutralise armed groups unwilling to give peace a chance? On 27 December 2020, citizens of the Central African Republic...

ISS: Elections and instability as Africa enters 2021

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With ten presidential elections and persistent governance problems, the continent faces another trying year. No fewer than ten presidential elections are planned for 2021 –...

ISS: Niger’s elections are unlikely to break the political deadlock

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As the polls approach, deep divisions focus more on candidates’ personal backgrounds than Niger’s security and development challenges. On 13 and 27 December, some 7.4 million Nigeriens...

Ivory Coast president scores landslide win, opposition cries foul

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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced early on...

Tanzania president Magufuli seeks second term as polls open

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Tanzanians headed to the polls on Wednesday for presidential and parliamentary elections that President John Magufuli hopes will hand him another five-year term despite...

Guinea President Conde wins re-election in landslide: preliminary results

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Guinea’s President Alpha Conde has won a landslide re-election victory, preliminary results showed on Thursday, giving him a third term in office after a...

Ex-Burundi president gets prison term for 1993 killing of victorious election...

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Burundi’s top court has sentenced a former president to life in prison for the 1993 murder of another president who had defeated him in...

ISS: Tanzania elections set to widen Africa’s democratic deficit

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With the 28 October election around the corner, Tanzania’s opposition has mounted a spirited campaign despite numerous impediments and attempts to discredit them. Their...

Tanzania opposition leader says facing repression as elections near

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Three weeks before elections, the Tanzanian government is getting scared and will do all in its power to stop the opposition, according to Tundu...

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