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Fri,23Feb2018

Politics

Special voting begins in South Africa's local elections

Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAll eyes will be on South Africa this week, as millions head to the polls in what many describe as the most crucial local government election since the end of apartheid.

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Ghana jails journalist, commentators

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAA journalist and two radio panellists in Ghana were on Wednesday sentenced to 120 days each in jail for threatening to kill the country's chief justice and other judges.

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South African police to tighten security as election violence fears rise

Photo©Peter Dejong/AP/SIPAWith less than a week to South Africa's fifth local government election, police say they will deploy close to 60,000 officers, and a further 40,000 moving members, to monitor the country's more than 22,000 voting stations, as fears of politically motivated violence rise.

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The stuck-fast presidents

Chad's President Idriss Déby©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPSome things just never seem to change. That is what voters stuck in the groundhog day of endless presidencies may have felt early this year.

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Ghana's parliament blocks constitutional bill seeking new election date

File photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAGhana's parliament has thrown out a constitutional amendment bill seeking to change the country's date for general elections from 7 December to every first Monday of November, citing limited time.

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Uganda defends decision to abandon Kenya for Tanzania in oil pipeline construction

File Photo©Sue Ogrocki/AP/SIPAThe government of Uganda defended its decision to construct an oil pipe line through Tanzania, breaking its silence on why it had abandoned an earlier plan to build it through Kenya.

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Honouring the spirit of Mandela

Photo©Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPASouth Africans on Monday commemorated Nelson Mandela Day, a day where the country puts aside its differences with people donating their time to work for the less privileged in honour of the country's first post-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela.

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