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Madagascar presidential candidate Andry Rajoelina casts his ballot in Antananarivo, on November 7, 2018. - Madagascar was voting for a new president in unprecedented polls in which the three front-runners are former heads of state facing-off amid efforts to defuse a political crisis. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results on Thursday showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.
Madagascar presidential candidate Andry Rajoelina casts his ballot in Antananarivo, on November 7, 2018. - Madagascar was voting for a new president in unprecedented polls in which the three front-runners are former heads of state facing-off amid efforts to defuse a political crisis. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Madagascar ex-president Andry Rajoelina leads in vote count

Former Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina was leading after last week's presidential election aimed at ending a political crisis, ahead of rival Marc Ravalomanana, according to preliminary results released on Sunday.
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Hunger strike in Togo over opposition arrests

A former lawmaker in Togo was on Monday on hunger strike to call for the release of opposition supporters who were arrested during anti-government demonstrations.

DR Congo unveils candidates for troubled vote

Election officials in Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday released an official list of candidates for December's presidential election, formally excluding two heavyweight opposition figures.
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UN chief commends Joseph Kabila for plan to step down as DRC President

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on Dec. 23.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during her visit to Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in New Delhi on June 27, 2018. Haley is on a two-day visit to India. : AFP PHOTO : MONEY SHARMA

US welcomes Joseph Kabila’s decision to quit, calls for credible polls

The United States has reacted to political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after president Kabila finally indicated that he will be leaving office after upcoming polls.
Comoros' President, Azali Assoumani arrives to a poll booth by an election official before casting his ballot during a constitutional referendum on July 30, 2018 at Mitsoudje polling station, outside Moroni capital of the Comoros archipelago off Africa's east coast. Voters in the Comoros went to the polls on July 30 in a politically explosive referendum that could change the constitution and allow President Azali Assoumani to rule beyond 2021, his current term limit. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA

Comoros president wins controversial vote extending his powers

Voters in Comoros overwhelmingly backed controversial constitutional reforms that would allow President Azali Assoumani to run for another term, an electoral official said Monday, following a referendum boycotted by the opposition.
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Joseph Kabila’s half-brother calls for his ousting

A half-brother of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has joined the crusade to remove him from office, accusing him of staying beyond his constitutional mandate.
Joseph Kabila

DR Congo leader maintains suspense over plans

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, kept his country guessing on Thursday over his political plans five months ahead of crucial elections.

Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Burundians are voting on a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in power extended until 2034.

Burundi kicks off campaign for controversial referendum

Burundi on Tuesday launched the official campaign for a referendum on constitutional change that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power for another 16 years.

South Korea distances itself from firm assisting DR Congo vote

South Korea's government has officially distanced itself from a firm providing electronic voting machines to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where tensions are running high ahead of a presidential poll in December.

Bruno Tshibala: DRC’s Joseph Kabila eager to handover after December elections

Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bruno Tshibala, has confirmed that his boss will not be a candidate in elections slated for December this year.

Burundi sets May 17 for referendum on contested reforms

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has set May 17 as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform that could keep him in power until 2034, according to a decree signed Sunday.

DR Congo pushes ahead with electronic voting despite criticism

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday unveiled an electronic voting machine that will be used in key elections this year, despite accusations that the technology could skew the outcome.

Burundi compiles new electoral roll for referendum

The inscription of voters for a constitutional referendum that could allow Burundi's president to prolong his rule began Thursday in Burundi, the independent national electoral commission (CENI) announced.

Guinea electoral commission releases partial vote result

The electoral commission in Guinea on Friday released partial results of local elections which have been marred by accusations of vote rigging and violence.

Congo electoral commission registers 46m voters – chair

Corneille Nangaa, Chairman of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Electoral commission (CENI), on Thursday said 46 million voters have so far been registered by the umpire.

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