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Wed,04May2016

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Ghana: Voter registration campaign eyes 1.2m new voters

Photo©Gabriela Barnuevo/AP/SIPAGhana's Electoral Commission (EC) last week opened three thousand biometric voter registration centres across the country in a bid to capture 1.2 million newly eligible voters prior to the country's forthcoming November 7 polls.

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Egypt: We can't ignore the impact of the regional situation - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi President, Egypt. Photo©Brendan Smialowski/AP/SIPAWith the strength of political Islam in the region, Egypt's President says democracy and human rights must be balanced against concerns for security.

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Egypt's Sisi versus the civil service

A health worker protests police brutality towards two doctors in a mobilisation on 12 February. Photo©Mohamed el-Raai/Anadolu Agency/AFPPresident Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has faced his first challenge since the new parliament convened, and it comes from his traditional support base.

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Ghana rolls out electoral reforms

Charlotte Osei, head of Ghana's Electoral CommissionGhana has started implementing a wide range of electoral reforms ahead of what may be hotly contested general elections later this year.

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South Africa: Thabo Mbeki defends arms deal

Thabo Mbeki. Photo©Thibault Camus/AP/SIPASouth Africa's former president, Thabo Mbeki has backed a recent government report claiming there was no corruption in an arms deal, but critics and the opposition insist the multi-billion deal was fraught with irregularities.

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South Sudan: A tricky new beginning

Riek Machar had been due to fly into the capital Juba from Ethiopia, on Saturday. Photo©ReutersAfter accusing each other of treachery, waging full-scale war on each other, making attempts on each other's life, and undermining each other at every turn, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar must now work together to build a broken nation.

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Zuma declares arms deal corruption free, opposition disagrees

FIle photo©Ivan Sekretarev/AP/SIPASouth African President Jacob Zuma has declared that the country's controversial arms deal was corruption free, almost five years after he set up a commission to investigate the transactions.

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