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Security tight as Cameroon’s Biya wins seventh presidential term

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982, on Monday won a landslide victory in a controversial presidential election, as the government tightened security in the capital and gunfire erupted in the volatile Anglophone region. The Constitutional Council, dominated by Biya …

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Zimbabwe post-poll violence inquiry to summon army, police

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | An inquiry probing the killing of six people after soldiers opened fire on post-election protesters in Zimbabwe will summon police and the army to appear before it, an official said Friday. Kgalema Motlanthe, the former president of South Africa and the commission chairman, said the …

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BIYA: Africa’s longest-serving leaders

Paris, France | AFP |  Cameroon President Paul Biya, 85, who is seeking a seventh consecutive term, is the second longest-serving leader in Africa with nearly 36 years in office. Only Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is ahead, by three years. Here is a rundown of the continent’s leaders …

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Zimbabwe opposition chief eyes ‘Obama effect’ in historic poll

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader and presidential hopeful Nelson Chamisa believes he will ride a wave of youthful optimism to election victory, emulating Barack Obama, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau. In an interview with AFP, the 40-year-old Chamisa said Zimbabweans were craving generational change in the …

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Rift opens in Nigeria’s ruling party as elections loom

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Lawmakers in Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have formed a breakaway group in what is expected to be a prelude to defections as elections approach next year. President Muhammadu Buhari’s former ally, Buba Galadima, on Wednesday announced the creation of a group called the …

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Maduro brushes off risk of new sanctions after Sunday’s vote

Paris, France | AFP | Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday dismissed the threat of new sanctions following an early election called for Sunday, which critics have denounced as a sham aimed at tightening his grip on power. “These are unacceptable threats toward any sovereign nation,” Maduro said in an …

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Nkurunziza: Burundi’s ‘messianic’ leader

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is an evangelical who believes he was chosen by God to rule the east African nation, and plans to do so for as long as possible. The 54-year-old former rebel is seeking to extend his rule with a raft of constitutional …

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Burundi to hold referendum to extend Nkurunziza rule

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundians on Thursday will vote in a referendum on sweeping constitutional reforms that would shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034. With opponents cowed, beaten, killed or living in exile, there seems little doubt the amendments will …

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