As votes were being tallied on Monday from Senegal’s presidential election, leading opposition candidate Macky Sall declared that no candidate had gotten the necessary 50 percent, making a runoff “inevitable.”
Senegalese police engaged in running battles with protesters in downtown Dakar Friday as they attempted to stop a planned protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s third-term bid.
Due to frustration by Zimbabwe’s fractious coalition government and the extensive powers it affords President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has agreed to hold early polls this year.
As Somalia’s transitional government and various stakeholders meet Wednesday to discuss the inclusion of the country’s clans in the new government, women politicians have called for a greater role in the leadership of this East African nation.
The August 2012 elections in Kenya will open doors to massive political participation by women for the first time ever, and the new constitution in effect since August 2010 contains a provision that should radically change political representation for women in this East African country.
Visiting supreme leader of the Xhosa people King Zwelonke Sigcawu has lauded President Mugabe for championing the land reform programme in Zimbabwe, saying the historic process is the bedrock for the empowerment of indigenous Africans.
Sierra Leonean government has lifted a three-month ban on political rallies imposed in September after violent clashes among rival factions who will face off in next year’s presidential election.
Botswana President Ian Khama has responded to allegations that he carries a British passport, where he was born. The usually quiet president issued a statement pertaining to allegations that were discussed for some days now in that country’s parliament.
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has expressed concern about rising political violence in the country. He blames the police for the situation, saying they are the source of instability, ignoring the law and undermining peace.