US says Burundi elections not credible

The United States said Burundi’s elections Tuesday lacked credibility and by pressing ahead, the government “risks its legitimacy.”

The voting “will further discredit the government,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, after polling went ahead despite opposition protests that President … Read the rest

Nigeria elects Muslim president

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria’s presidential poll by 2.57 million votes, the country’s electoral commission announced on Wednesday, ending Jonathan’s rule of Africa’s most populous nation.

Three decades after seizing power in a military … Read the rest

‘Marine Le Pen could win presidential elections in 2017’

Ludovic de Danne, European Affairs Adviser for the leader of the French right-wing party Front National Marine Le Pen, said that Marine Le Pen could become number one in the presidential elections, if the National Front party gains 7 million … Read the rest

With votes in, dangerous part of Nigerian elections begins

After waiting in long lines around the country over the past two days to vote, Nigerians are engaged in another long wait—to find out who will lead their country for the next four years. Both incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and … Read the rest

Good luck to Nigeria’s president at the polls

Less than two weeks from national polls, Nigeria’s ruling party is facing unprecedented shifts in the politics of religion that could spell trouble for the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

While he may still be the favourite on February 14, experts … Read the rest

Washington’s blinding hypocricy: Two elections in Ukraine

The US government loves to “promote democracy” overseas, often at the barrel of a gun. Strangely enough, however, it often “deplores” actual elections being held in such places. Take Ukraine, for example. An election held last week by a group … Read the rest

‘World’s most powerful woman’ on track for third German term

The hands of Chancellor Angela Merkel
The hands of Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an unflappable pastor’s daughter, is closing in on a third term in Sunday’s general election, cementing her title as the world’s most powerful woman.

So strong is Merkel’s position that … Read the rest

Mugabe does not care about Western criticism over elections

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

by Susan Njanji

International unease mounted Sunday over the re-election of Africa’s oldest leader Robert Mugabe in polls denounced by Zimbabwe’s opposition as “stolen”.

Mugabe, 89, in power since 1980, trounced his long-standing rival Morgan Tsvangirai in Wednesday’s … Read the rest

African Union observers find Zim election ‘credible and fair’

Emblem of the African Union
Emblem of the African Union

Zimbabwe’s election was credible and fair, the chief of the African Union observer mission said Friday, but the bloc’s report noted some problems with the voter roll and of people being turned away from polling … Read the rest

Morgan Tsvangirai finds Zim election ‘not credible’

monkeytrapThe “outcome of this election is illegitimate,” Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Thursday, and “does not reflect the will of the people of Zimbabwe.”

“The shoddy manner in which it has been conducted and the consequent illegitimacy of the result … Read the rest

Land of the dead voters

Not old enough
Not old enough

Even before this week’s vote in Zimbabwe, it seems clear that President Robert Mugabe will remain in power. Voter lists have been manipulated, critics are being intimidated and the opposition is divided.

Even after a week’s search, … Read the rest

Counting underway in knife-edge Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe ballot paper
Zimbabwe ballot paper

Vote counting was underway in Zimbabwe’s tightly fought election Wednesday, amid high turnout and accusations of rigging by President Robert Mugabe’s allies who wish to extend his 33-year rule.

The 89-year-old Mugabe is Africa’s oldest leader and … Read the rest