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Nigeria’s electoral commission has reassured all interested parties that the rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections will take place this weekend. Last Saturday, just hours before the polls were to open, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a one-week postponement, triggering widespread anger. The delay was blamed on logistical issues in delivering ballot papers and […]

Nigeria opposition chief Atiku Abubakar says the delayed polls are crucial for the future of Nigerians and thus, voters should turn out and vote irrespective of their preferred candidates. With hours to the closure of a campaign period, the former vice-president who leads the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said the result of the 2015 vote gave […]

Opposition parties in Zambia are accusing president Edgar Lungu of presiding over political violence against his rivals, and intend to report him to the International Criminal Court. Ten opposition figures told journalists in Lusaka on Wednesday that Lungu was to blame for an increase in violent crackdowns on opponents, including main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. […]

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will be making his maiden Budget Speech this afternoon, with South Africa’s hopes of economic prosperity pinned to his parliamentary address. To say that Mboweni is in a tough position would be an understatement. According to analysts and politicians alike, the National Budget Speech presented to parliament on Wednesday afternoon is […]

Rwandan president Paul Kagame says the African Union could become a strong body as the European Union despite well documented hurdles. Kagame, who is the immediate past president of the AU (for the year 2018) stressed that a united AU will be well served if regional political, economic blocs unite at their respective levels. He […]

The executive committee of Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement, NRM, has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its candidate in the next presidential election due in 2021, potentially extending his tenure to 40 years. Museveni, 74, has held office since 1986 when he took power after a five-year guerrilla war, making him one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders. […]

Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza hosted a state banquet in honour of his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Farmaajo, who is in the East African nation on an official visit. The visit comes at a time when Burundi has been asked to withdraw up to 1,000 of its troops from Somalia. Burundi is one of the African nations […]

Kenya has summoned its ambassador to Somalia back home after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean, the foreign ministry said. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is considering a claim on the two countries’ maritime […]

In Nigeria, churches were packed on Sunday as the faithful prayed for the future of Africa’s largest democracy. It follows postponement of the presidential elections hours before polls were scheduled to open. In the capital Abuja, congregants at the Family Worship Centre say they are unfazed. “If they postpone the vote late again on Saturday, […]

The Egyptian parliament on Thursday approved in principle proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and boost his control of the judiciary. Parliament Speaker Ali Abdelaal said that 485 MPs of the 596-seat assembly voted in favour of the changes, comprising more than the two-thirds majority […]


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