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Mali records first coronavirus death hours before election

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  Mali recorded its first coronavirus death on Saturday, a day before the West African country voted in a long-delayed parliamentary election threatened by both the pandemic and security concerns. The kidnapping of the leader of the main opposition party earlier in the week has also cast …

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CORONAVIRUS: Court asked to suspend 2021 Uganda elections

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A concerned citizen wants court to suspend the 2021 Elections general elections over fears of the Coronavirus pandemic. Abbey Mgugu in documents filed before the Civil Division of High Court on Thursday afternoon by his lawyers of Sanywa, Wabwire and Company Advocates, says that …

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All set for election of pioneer KCCA speaker

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  All is set for the election of the pioneer speaker and Deputy Speaker of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA at city hall this morning. This stems from the KCCA Amendment Act 2019, which introduced the positions of speaker and deputy speaker at the Authority and the …

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Igor Matovic: the untamed leader of Slovakia’s opposition

Bratislava, Slovakia | AFP |  A self-proclaimed “man of the people”, the 46-year-old media-savvy Igor Matovic propelled his centre-right anti-graft party to victory in Slovakia’s general election, beating the governing populists on a strident anti-graft platform. While supporters view him as a maverick with a knack for self-promotion, critics accuse Matovic of …

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Sanders wins big in Nevada, stretching lead in Democratic race

Las Vegas, United States | AFP |  Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders earned a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, solidifying his frontrunner status in the race to choose the Democratic nominee who faces President Donald Trump in November’s election. His win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as …

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Togo election set to stretch ruling family’s rule

Lome, Togo | AFP |  Togo votes Saturday in an election expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power and extend his family’s half-century domination of the West African nation. The incumbent, 53, has led the country of eight million since 2005 following the death of his …

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Three-way tie in Irish general election: exit poll

Dublin, Ireland | AFP |  Ireland’s three main parties are tied neck-and-neck following Saturday’s general election according to an exit poll, leaving the question of who will control the next government hanging in the balance. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s incumbent Fine Gael party, their centre-right rivals Fianna Fail and left-wingers Sinn …

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Sky falls on Iowa after caucus vote debacle

Des Moines, United States | AFP |  Iowa is proud of its time-honored role as the first US state to vote when America starts picking presidential candidates. This time it even instituted new rules it said would make things more transparent. But Monday night’s voting could not have gone worse …

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Trump to fire up base with anti-abortion rally speech

Washington, United States | AFP | With his eyes firmly on the November election, Donald Trump will Friday become the first US president to address in person the country’s biggest annual gathering of anti-abortion campaigners. Addressing a crowd of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, Trump is assured of a …

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Tanzania president moves to ease fears over election

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year’s general election will be “free and fair” and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation. Magufuli’s long-ruling CCM party won 99 percent of seats in local …

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