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KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

KENYA POLITICS: Roselyn Akombe Flees to US Ahead of Presidential Election

Akombe, a member of the election board’s top panel, cited severe partisan political divisions among its eight members and the secretariat for her decision to leave.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” Roselyn Akombe said in a statement issued from New York.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Election Dispute Risks Rekindling Unrest, New Sanctions

At home, it seems unlikely opposition supporters are willing to return to the streets after four months of gruelling protests this year failed to pressure the government into holding an early presidential election, freeing jailed activists or accepting humanitarian aid.

At least 125 people died, while thousands were injured and arrested in violence that brought parts of Venezuela to a standstill as hooded youths battled security forces.

“Obviously, this was a brutal fraud,” said David Osorio, 21, who lost an eye when hit by a gas cannister during the clashes. “But I don’t know if going back to the streets is best … because the same will happen and many are simply not willing.”

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

LIBERIA POLITICS: Main Parties Calls for Halt to Election Results

The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results on Thursday.

“The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.

“We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of election results. If NEC does not cooperate with our request, we will take the appropriate legal action,” he said.

Liberia, Africa’s oldest modern republic, was founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer dates back to 1943.

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LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

LIBERIA POLITICS: Liberians Take Center Stage in Election Today

“I am just voting for peace. We want peace right now, peaceful country, we want a peaceful situation now and things to go fine,” said James Marthics, a voter in Paynesville, a suburb of the capital Monrovia.

Some had been waiting for hours before dawn to vote and brought small wooden chairs with them, forming orderly queues as vendors sold them soft drinks and palm wine. Early voting in Monrovia largely went smoothly, though with delays in some areas.

“I need a change of this government that is in power,” said Richard Akoi, 32, a former child soldier who fought for Taylor’s rebels. “I‘m a die-hard fan of former president Taylor and if he shows up today in the election I‘m going to vote for him.”

Liberia is Africa’s oldest modern republic founded by freed U.S. slaves in 1847. But its last democratic power transfer, defined as a peaceful handover at the end of a full term, was in 1943.

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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook – a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.

Some of the ads, which cost a total of about US$100,000, touted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Green party candidate Jill Stein during the campaign, people familiar with those ads said.

Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Jews Worldwide Worried By Far-Right AfD Breakthrough in German Election

Ronald Lauder, president of the New York-based World Jewish Congress, called Chancellor Angela Merkel a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and decried the AfD’s gains at a time when anti-Semitism was increasing across the globe.

“It is abhorrent that the AfD party, a disgraceful reactionary movement which recalls the worst of Germany’s past and should be outlawed, now has the ability within the German parliament to promote its vile platform,” Lauder said.

“A party that tolerates right-wing extremist thinking in its ranks and incites hatred against minorities …will now be represented in parliament and nearly all state legislatures,” Central Council of Jews in Germany president Josef Schuster said in a statement.

“I expect our democratic forces to expose the true nature of the AfD and its empty, populist promises,” he added.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: OSUN 2018 Election: We Will SUE OSUN INEC, CP, APC and PDP IF… – HDP

NIGERIA POLITICS: OSUN 2018 Election: We Will SUE OSUN INEC, CP, APC and PDP IF… – HDP

If APC and PDP campaigns are not stopped now, we foresee a situation where other political parties would capitalize on the inability of Osun state branch of INEC, police and other security agencies to stop them to commence campaigns when the time is not ripe.

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KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

KENYA POLITICS: Kenyatta Says Supreme Court Election Ruling Was ‘Coup’

Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but said it subverted the will of the people.

“We have reversed everything in this country by the decision of a few people. I don’t know how history will judge these gentlemen,” he said. “The citizen has been told he does not have a voice … If that is not dictatorship, then I don’t know what to say.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

MEXICO POLITICS: Politicians Fear Flunking Quake Test Before 2018 Election

On Tuesday, when a 7.1 tremor struck, he aborted a trip to the first quake’s disaster zone to return to Mexico City, where 38 buildings collapsed killing scores of people, including more than 20 children at a school. Pena Nieto went to the school as rescuers searched for children and adults trapped inside. The death toll from Tuesday’s quake, which struck the capital and nearby states on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 tremor, has reached 230.

Politicians from all sides called for solidarity and praised how Mexicans, many of whom volunteered to help climb through rubble and search for survivors, had come together.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Aisha Alhassan Endorses Atiku Abubakar for 2019 Presidential Election

Popularly called Mama Taraba, Aisha Alhassan said, “Your excellency, our father and our president by the grace of God come 2019. Before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State.”

Although Mr. Abubakar has not publicly declared his intention to run in 2019, he is believed to be mobilising and getting ready for the election. He came third in the APC presidential primaries in the build up to the 2015 elections, losing to President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

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KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Will Not Lead Us Into Next Election: Senior Tories Say

Former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said it would be “difficult” for Mrs May to stay on until 2022, when the next election is due. Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister, said Mrs May had no long-term future. Privately, two executive members of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers said “a better campaigner” would be required to fight the next election.

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

The MPLA calculated earlier on Thursday that after checking 5 million votes it was on course for the two-thirds majority that is required to govern alone.

“We can affirm that the future president will be comrade João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço,” João Martins, party secretary for political and electoral affairs, told reporters.

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NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Officially Launches Election Campaign

NEW ZEALAND POLITICS: Jacinda Ardern Officially Launches Election Campaign

New Zealand’s opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern said, “I will always maintain that a successful economy is one that serves its people. Not the other way around. And that means judging success differently. For me it’s simple: I want to build a country where every child grows up free from poverty and is filled with hope and opportunity This is my generation’s nuclear-free moment, and I am determined that we will tackle it head on.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

Incidentally, the IPOB’s resolve to massively mobilize the people for full compliance with its declaration to kick start the boycott of elections with the November 8, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state is, to say the least, a right decision in the right direction. As a matter of public knowledge, it is a trite fact that in democracy sovereignty resides with the people, in much the same way the people are known to be the primary source of legitimacy.

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KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

KENYA POLITICS: International Observers Give Kenya Election Thumbs Up

John Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State heading the Carter Center observer mission said: “The process that was put in place is proving its value thus far. Kenya has made a remarkable statement to Africa and the world about its democracy and the character of that democracy. Don’t let anybody besmirch that.”

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Maimane Calls for New Election, Accused of Hallucinating

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Maimane Calls for New Election, Accused of Hallucinating

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said: “The ANC may have won in the no-confidence motion in parliament yesterday, but it has lost the confidence of the country.”

“We believe the voters should now have the chance to express their opinion about the conduct of the ANC in defending Jacob Zuma. In short, we believe that parliament should be dissolved now so that the country can hold an early election.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Chris Msando Murdered! Kenyans Demanding Speedy Probe

KENYA POLITICS: Chris Msando Murdered! Kenyans Demanding Speedy Probe

Chris Msando, the election board’s head of information, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday. He had been tortured before he was killed. “This is not the time to allow a tragedy such as this to divide us, to turn brother against brother.” Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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SENEGAL POLITICS: Benno Bokk Yakaar Claims Election Landslide in Parliamentary Vote

SENEGAL POLITICS: Benno Bokk Yakaar Claims Election Landslide in Parliamentary Vote

Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition swept all except three of the country’s 45 electoral departments, said Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, speaking to the public Senegalese press agency APS ahead of the official release of results.

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