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Benin's President Yayi Boni Faces Impeachment

Benin's President Yayi Boni Faces Impeachment Benin's President Yayi Boni is inching towards a legal battle he could not win over an allegation which links him to a financial scandal that is rocking the tiny West African country. For several weeks now, many of the country's lawmakers have been championing the cause of an estimated 70,000 victims of some financial conmen alleged to be...

Kenya's Odinga Improves Chances for Presidency

Kenya's Odinga Improves Chances for Presidency The overwhelming support for the new constitution has increased the chances of Prime Minister Raila Odinga bagging the presidency in 2012, according to a new opinion poll published on Sunday. The survey conducted by pollsters Infotrak Harris also shows that the winning candidate will have to carefully select his or her running mate in order to...

Principals Clash Over Elections in Zimbabwe

A ROW is brewing within the inclusive government over the timing of the next elections and the level of Sadc's involvement in any such polls as regional leaders increasingly view fresh free and fair polls as the way out of Zimbabwe's decade-long political stalemate. President Robert Mugabe has made it clear that he wants early elections with or...

2011 - At Last, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to Declare in September

After months of rumours and intense speculations, President Goodluck Jonathan will formally declare his interest in the 2011 presidential race early next month, THISDAY has learnt. Although a British news agency, Reuters, reported yesterday that Jonathan was considering not standing for the presidential election, THISDAY learnt that on the...

US President Barack Obama Lauds Tanzania for Successful Zanzibar

US President Barack Obama has commended Tanzania following the successful holding of the referendum that will pave way for the formation of a government of national unity in Zanzibar. However, a State House statement yesterday quoted President Obama as cautioning that much work remains to be done as the October 31 General Election approaches. The...

Former Nigerian Vice-President Declares Presidential Bid

Former Nigerian Vice-President Declares Presidential Bid Abuja and Matthew Onah in Yola — Former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday re-launched his bid to become the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite the position of the party that he is yet to be formally accepted into its fold. Abubakar, who had defected to the Action Congress (AC) to contest the 2007...

Most Happy With Vote Result in Kenya

Nine in every 10 Kenyans are satisfied with the outcome of the referendum, which ushered in a new constitution. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by Synovate, between August 7 and 9, a majority of the 9.1 million people who voted for or against the draft constitution, are of the view that the results were a true reflection of what...

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Sweeps Diaspora Vote

Preliminary election results from the Diaspora released, late Monday, showed that the incumbent, President Paul Kagame, earned a landslide victory of 96.7 percent. Announcing the results, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Chairman, Chrysologue Karangwa, said that, out of the 17,824 registered voters in the Diaspora, 14,242 (78%) were valid...

Commissioner Seeks to Delay South Sudan's Independence Vote

Commissioner Seeks to Delay South Sudan's Independence Vote South Sudan's referendum on independence, scheduled for January, should be delayed to allow more time to prepare for it, a member of the referendum commission warns. "The time that is remaining is not enough to hold a referendum," Tarek Osman al-Taher says. "We at the commission will begin the necessary measures to try to hold the referendum on...

INEC to Issue Notice of Elections Next Week in Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it would issue next week the guidelines for the forthcoming 2011 general elections even as it revealed that about 360,000 personnel would be recruited for the exercise. The chairman of the INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega revealed this when he hosted a team of Zimbabwean soldiers from...

'Yes' Wins With Over 6 Million Votes in Kenya

'Yes' Wins With Over 6 Million Votes in Kenya The 'Yes' camp was leading with slightly more than 6 million votes while the 'No' side had 2.7 million votes on Thursday night. Interim Independent Electoral Commission official Winnie Guchu said the final result was expected to be announced later. Analysis at the time showed that the turnout stood at 72 per cent, with 8.7 million votes cast. A...

Election Violence Could Mean Fewer Women Participants at Zambia

There are growing fears that increasing numbers of women candidates and voters may not participate in the 2011 general elections because of an upsurge in election-related violence. Campaigning in the Chifubu constituency ahead of the Aug. 5 by-election was marred with violence and intimidation by supporters from the participating parties, the...

Kenyans Approve New Constitution By Landslide

Less than 12 hours after the polls closed in Wednesday's referendum in Kenya, provisional results showed supporters of a new constitution headed for a landslide win. According to results from the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), the Yes side had 4,141,521 votes (67 per cent) against the No camp's 2,054,946 (33 per cent). With a...

Kenyan Prime Minister Odinga Back on Referendum Campaign Trail

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's push for an endorsement of a new constitution has received a major boost this weekend. Prime Minister Raila Odinga hit the campaign trail again after a month out because of health problems. Campaigning enters the final stretch this weekend and Odinga ,who is seen as the country's most charismatic campaigner on any...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Gives Up On State House

PRIME Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has given up on moving into Zimbabwe House and has accepted a "lesser" house in Highlands, as President Robert Mugabe continues to hold onto both the property reserved for the head of government and State House, his official residence. Zimbabwe House is ceremonially reserved for the prime minister, while State...