Somalia blast toll tops 300

Mogadishu. – The police said at least 300 people were killed and close to 400 others injured in the deadly blast that rocked Mogadishu on Saturday. Police Captain Mohamed Hussein said that as hospitals and families continue to count the dead, nearly 70 people were missing, based on accounts from relatives. Many bodies, he said, were burnt…
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Weah takes early lead in Liberia poll

MONROVIA. — Former international soccer star George Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia’s election as the West African nation begins releasing provisional results of the vote to succeed Africa’s first female president. National Election Commission data shared late Thursday show Weah ahead in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties. Fewer than 30 percent of the votes…
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Kenya vote in balance as crisis deepens

NAIROBI. – Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis yesterday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta’s path to a second term as president, a day after his rival quit an election they were to contest. Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election on October…
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Contenders hold talks on Kenya’s election rerun

NAIROBI. — Kenya’s electoral contenders held talks with the electoral body on Tuesday to firm up preparations for the October 26 repeat presidential elections with the main opposition showing signs of softening its tough stance on major reforms before the repeat vote. The Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of nullifying the results of the…
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ANC must act on corruption — Mkhize

JOHANNESBURG. — A senior official in South Africa’s ruling ANC said on Wednesday the party must act against those involved in corruption, and that the issue was damaging its image. Zweli Mkhize, seen as a potential candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma as African National Congress head at a party conference in December, made the…
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Court rules against DA’s bid on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG. – The South African High Court in Pretoria yesterday ruled against the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the state capture case to have President Jacob Zuma implement remedial action recommended by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The DA approached the court, asking it to rule that President Zuma has breached the constitution and order…
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East Africa bloc appeals for peace in Kenya

NAIROBI. – East Africa’s regional bloc on Sunday called on Kenyans to remain peaceful and avoid acts of violence that may plunge the country into a constitutional crisis ahead of the fresh presidential polls in late October. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said it was concerned by political developments in Kenya that might jeopardise…
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Kenyatta supporters stage protests

NAIROBI. – Hundreds of Jubilee supporters held demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in the capital Nairobi, accusing the country’s top court of “stealing their victory”. The supporters also held demonstrations in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret towns. Waving placards, the demonstrators, mostly youths, accused the judges of rendering an illegal judg- ment. They said the court…
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Kenya poll rerun doubtful as acrimony deepens

NAIROBI. — Doubts are growing over Kenya’s ability to hold a rerun of its presidential election in just one month as key players remain unable to agree on how to conduct a credible vote, analysts say. Bickering on all sides and confusion over the process have only increased as the clock ticks down to the…
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