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Nigerian opposition candidate says ‘intimidated’ by govt agents

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | The presidential nominee of Nigeria’s main opposition party alleged Sunday that he was “intimidated” by armed government agents who searched his private plane at the Abuja airport. Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who will challenge incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in February, …

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Cameroon challenger calls for presidential vote recount

Douala, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto has called for an independent recount of last month’s presidential poll, urging the international community to “assume its responsibilities.” Kamto, who according to official results, came second with 14.23 percent of the vote behind incumbent Paul Biya, posted the appeal …

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DR Congo ‘not ready’ for December polls: opposition

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo is “not ready” to hold long-delayed elections in December, the main opposition party said Tuesday, the day after the army handed over 150 trucks and a dozen aircraft for use by the electoral commission. “One hundred fifty trucks can’t …

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Guinea-Bissau voter census extended, likely postponing vote

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau | AFP | A voter census in Guinea-Bissau has been extended by a month, the government said Monday, likely delaying a crucial legislative vote planned for next month. The vote, seen as a key step towards ending a long-running political crisis in the poor West African country, had …

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Mali’s top court postpones elections to 2019

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Mali’s constitutional court delayed the country’s parliamentary elections until 2019 by extending the mandate of MPs for six months, as requested by the National Assembly on Monday, according to the two institutions. Citing “force majeure” the court said it “extends the mandate of representatives until the …

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Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffer historic election losses

Munich, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CSU allies suffered historic losses in Bavaria state elections Sunday, dealing a blow to her fragile three-party coalition government. The Christian Social Union (CSU) scored 37 percent, a steep 10-point drop from four years ago in the wealthy Alpine state it …

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