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Wed,22Nov2017

Politics

Ghana: Social media blackout on election day debate deepens

Photo©Sean Kilpatrick/AP/SIPAA decision by Ghana's security agencies to shut down social media platforms on election day to safeguard national security and stability has triggered ferocious public debate following concerns that early warning signs of conflict merited total blackout.

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Zambians vote in fourth elections in ten years

Zambians queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Lusaka, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in a tight election race for president and parliament that has been marred by violence between rival factions. Photo©Moses Mwape/AP/SIPAMillions of Zambians have headed to the polls to decide who will lead the southern African nation and Africa's second-biggest copper producer for the next five years.

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Egypt's el-Sisi marches on

Posters against the interior minister at the Journalists’ Syndicate©Amr Nabil/AP/SIPAPresident Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's regime's ample use of brute force is keeping a lid on a dispirited opposition in the north African country.

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All eyes on SA's public protector selection

Thuli Madonsela made her mark on the South Africa's political landscape after she said Zuma should pay back some of the money used in upgrades at his Nkandla home. Photo©Stuart Graham/AP/SIPASouth Africa will this week begin a process of replacing outgoing public watchdog, Thuli Madonsela, whose term is coming to end and this has generated public interest, as she famously took on President Jacob Zuma accusing him of benefitting unduly from taxpayers' money.

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Zimbabwe moves in to clamp online dissent

File photo©STR/AP/SIPAZimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has been accused of working with "cyber terrorists" to issue "subversive and inflammatory messages on social media".

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ANC breakaway party emerges kingmaker after close polls

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, centre, smiles during a news conference at the election results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPAA breakaway party of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has emerged a kingmaker following last week's hotly contested local government elections.

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Amnesty International seeks release of jailed Ghanaian journalists, commentators

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAAmnesty International has urged Ghana President John Dramani Mahama to pardon a journalist and two commentators that were recently jailed over threats to kill some of the country's judges including the chief justice.

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