Gabon in election turmoil

President Ali Bongo's family have ruled the Central African oil state for almost 50 years. Photo©Francois Mori/AP/SIPAA day after Wednesday's contested re-election of Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon is still under a state of high alert.

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The art of midwifing elections in Africa

File photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPAMany countries in Africa conduct general elections regularly. Electoral management bodies have the responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. But what are their score cards so far?

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Ghana gives illegal gun owners amnesty ahead of polls

File photo©Felipe Dana/AP/SIPAGhana has given people with illegal firearms a 32-day ultimatum to hand over the weapons without the prospect of prosecution as the country gears for the December general elections.

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Ghana says on track to halve budget deficit after IMF deal

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana Seth Terkper. Photo©Joshua Roberts/ReutersGhana is on target to halve its fiscal deficit this year after its $918-million aid deal with the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said on Wednesday.

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Zambia's Lungu wins disputed polls

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu led in nearly complete results from an election whose vote-counting process has taken days and prompted opposition allegations of irregularities. Photo©Moses Mwape/AP/SIPAZambian President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected after another close poll amid protests by the opposition that the August 11 vote was rigged.

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Zambia's high stakes elections

Zambia's incumbent President, Edgar Lungu. Photo©Alberto Pizzoli/AP/SIPAA new electoral process, rapidly shifting political allegiances, the intensity of political campaigning, unprecedented levels of political intimidation and a weak economy have all contributed to raising the political temperature in Zambia, as the country goes to the polls on 11 August.

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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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South Africa's ruling party loses control of major metropolitan area

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa centre back, greets opposition Economic Freedom Front party members at the results center in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. With 95 percent of votes counted the ruling ANC appears to have suffered its biggest electoral blow since it won power at the end of the apartheid era 22-years ago. Photo©Herman Verwey/AP/SIPASouth Africa's African National Congress (ANC) has conceded defeat in the major metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay to the main opposition party amid indications the ruling party was rejected by urban voters in this week's local government elections.

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South Africa's ANC suffers major setbacks in local elections

Photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) suffered some setbacks in Wednesday's local government elections, with early trends showing its supporters may have stayed away, with Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma's local ward, shockingly falling to Inkatha Freedom Party.

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Polling the people of South Africa

Ahead of the August local elections, The Africa Report organised a survey to take the temperature of South Africans' attitudes to a range of political and economic issues.

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South Africa's local litmus test

Parties are competing for control of 278 municipalities in this year's local government elections. But above all, it is a litmus test for african National Congress (ANC) rule since it came to power 22 years ago.

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South Africa's city hall cliffhanger

Photo©MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFPAs municipal elections hit the country on 3 August, Nelson Mandela Bay is a litmus test for the ANC. If Mayor Jordaan has shored up some of the party's popularity locally, deep faultlines of poverty and discontent make this a knife-edge contest with national repercussions.

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Zuma sweats as South Africa votes

Photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPATens of millions of South Africans braved the winter chill to post their ballots in the country's local elections, widely seen as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its corruption-tarnished leader Jacob Zuma.

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Now is not the time to slacken our commitment to AMISOM

Francisco Caetano Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia and Head of AMISOMThe recent co-ordinated bombings of the popular Ambassador and Nasa-Hablod Hotels in Mogadishu by al-Shabaab, reminds us of the fragility of our peace achievements in recent times in Somalia.

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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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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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Ugandan opposition leader released on bail

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Photo©Michele Sibiloni/AP/SIPAUgandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was on Tuesday granted stringent bail following his arrest two months ago on treason charges.

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South Africa's treasury says tinkering with fiscal policy won't boost growth

Lungisa Fuzile, South Africa’s Treasury Director-General. Photo©REUTERS/Mike HutchingsSouth Africa's economy is not growing fast enough to create jobs, but tax cuts or increases in public spending are unlikely to stimulate growth, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday.

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South Africa's Job bloodbath will continue- Cosatu

File photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPAMore people lost their jobs in South Africa the first quarter of the year, latest figures have revealed and this is likely to put pressure on the ruling ANC ahead of August's local elections.

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