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‘Golden handshake’ for DR Congo’s outgoing ministers

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | In the weeks leading up to Democratic Republic of Congo’s controversial election, those leaving power quietly passed two decrees guaranteeing themselves money and benefits that would ensure their financial security for decades to come. Ministers in the outgoing government of now ex-president Joseph Kabila awarded …

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Nigeria’s Soyinka rejects presidential frontrunners

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has urged Nigerians to reject President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger in this month’s presidential election, saying it was time for a “totally new direction.” Buhari, 76, came to power in 2015 and is seeking a second term in the February …

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Prof Ndebesa: DRC election exposes new innovation in rigging

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Makerere University professor of history Mwambutsya Ndebesa has described the presidential election outcome in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as “a classic and new innovation in rigging elections in Africa”. DR Congo’s National Electoral Commission (Ceni) this morning released provisional results of the much-delayed …

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Warnings to DR Congo mount as election deadline looms

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Europe and Africa heaped pressure on DR Congo on Friday, urging it to respect voters’ wishes in key presidential elections as a deadline for unveiling the outcome loomed. Expectations are mounting that electoral overseers will delay publication of provisional results due by Sunday — …

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DR Congo awaits result after volatile presidential election

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday began a tense wait for the results of a volatile presidential election which could see the first peaceful transfer of power in decades. Sunday’s elections went ahead in “relative calm”, according to the country’s influential Catholic Bishop …

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Patients flee after Ebola holding centre attacked in DRC

Beni, DR Congo | AFP | Patients being monitored as possible Ebola patients fled a camp in eastern DR Congo on Thursday after it was attacked by demonstrators protesting further delays to the country’s election, the health ministry said. Around 20 patients fled the centre during the incident, at a …

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Rajoelina leads in Madagascar election: partial results

Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | Former president Andry Rajoelina on Friday took an early lead in Madagascar’s election count with a clear advantage over his rival Marc Ravalomanana, according to partial official results. With about one-third of polling stations counted, Rajoelina had 54.85 percent of the vote and Ravalomanana had …

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Electoral Commission needs UGX 861 billion for 2021 elections

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Electoral Commission will need 861 billion Shillings to organize the 2021 general elections, more than double the amount of 419 billion Shilling spent to organize the 2016 general elections. The budget was announced by the Electoral Commission Secretary Sam Rwakoojo during the launch of …

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