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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Rwanda: The most serious threats to Kagame’s leadership come from within his party

Photos© All rights reservedOn 8 October, Rwanda's supreme court ruled that President Paul Kagame could run for a third term in 2017, dismissing the opposition Democratic Green Party's lawsuit challenging any potential amendments to the constitution's two-term limit.

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - The female frontrunner to replace Zuma

Photos© All rights reserved Having served as health minister in Nelson Mandela's cabinet and then as foreign minister in Thabo Mbeki's, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has the credentials and experience needed for the presidency.

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Sao Tomé e Principe Country Profile 2015: A triumph for Trovoada

altAmidst the habitual party fragmentation and vote-buying, Patrice Trovoada's Acção Democrática Independente (ADI) won an unexpected absolute majority in legislative elections on 12 October 2014, increasing the ADI's share from 26 to 33 of the 55 seats.

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Republic of Congo Country Profile 2015:Better late than never

altPresidential and legislative elections are not due until mid- 2016, but the big issues that will almost certainly decide the result are on the table already.

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Gabon Country Profile 2015: Live by oil, die by oil

altCampaigning for Gabon's 2016 presidential elections has already begun. President Ali Bongo Ondimba has launched a series of anti-corruption investigations to improve his governance credentials and is seeking to improve his weak performance in delivering on promises like building 5,000 new housing units per year.

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Equitorial Guinea Country Profile 2015: Obiang's game to play

altEquatorial Guinea will not have another presidential election until 2016, and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 72, is following a common script of attempting to stay in power for as long as he can while making as few compromises as possible.

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Chad Country Profile 2015: All in the family

altElectoral preparations will dominate the political debate in Chad in 2015 and into 2016.

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Nigeria Country Profile 2015: Harnessing optimism against despair

altNotwithstanding the country's extraordinary challenges, a general wave of optimism seems to hold sway among
Nigerians at home and abroad.

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Liberia Country Profile 2015: Virus devastates the economy

altThe government's ability to tackle Ebola will shape 2015 in Liberia.

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Cabo Verde Country Profile 2015: Election debate heats up

altCabo Verde's political parties are preparing for national elections in 2016.

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Benin Country Profile 2015: Bashing Boni Yayi

altPresident Thomas Boni Yayi is entering the terminal stages of his second term in office, facing widespread strikes, endemic corruption and trouble organising elections.

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Morocco Country Profile 2015: Coalition struggles with unpopular reform

altWith local and regional elections coming up in June as well as polls for the Chambre des Conseillers elections in September, 2015 will be a testing year for the government.

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Seven to challenge Museveni in 2016

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni©Photo©ReutersUganda President Yoweri Museveni will face seven challengers in the February 2016 presidential election as the long time ruler seeks another term in office.

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Uganda: Opposition politicians accuse govt of sabotage

Opposition politicians intending to stand in next year's elections have accused the government of hijacking parliament and sabotaging efforts of new entrants.

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Ghana: Observers seek correction of anomalies ahead of presidential polls

Photo©ReutersA coalition of domestic election observers has called for tighter regulations ahead of Ghana's general polls in 2016 to avert polling irregularity following anomalies that marked local assemblies' elections on September 1.

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Uganda: Ex Prime Minister, Mbabazi to run as independent candidate in presidential election

Amama Mbabazi, former Uganda PM. Photo©ReutersUganda's former prime minister Amama Mbabazi said on Friday he would stand as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election, accusing the ruling party of illegally blocking his efforts to stand on its ticket.

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Ghana's ruling party reclaims parliamentary seat in by-election

File photo©ReutersGhana's ruling party reclaimed a parliamentary seat from the main opposition on Tuesday in a closely contested by-election seen by both parties as a referendum on President John Mahama's rule ahead of a national election in 2016.

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How the Nigerian electoral race was won

Photo©Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFPWith less money than its rivals, the APC poached ruling party dissidents and used technology and social media to get its message out and monitor the vote.

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Ethiopians will decide their destiny

Photo@PETTERIK WIGGERS/PANOS Pictures for TARAs older opposition groups fall apart ahead of the May election, Blue Party leader Yilkal Getnet, 37, says his young and dynamic party is on the rise.

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