Algeria election: Governing coalition wins parliamentary vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There was little sign of enthusiasm among voters Algeria’s governing coalition has retained its majority in parliamentary elections, official results show. The National Liberation Front (FNL) won 164 seats in the 462-seat lower house with its ally, the National Democratic Rally (RND), on 97. Turnout was just over 38%, the […]

Votes counted in Algeria parliamentary elections

Image copyright EPA Image caption First official results are expected on Friday morning Votes are being counted in parliamentary elections in Algeria. The ruling National Liberation Front (FNL) is expected to retain its majority despite deep economic problems and uncertainty over the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The 80-year-old leader voted from a wheelchair in […]

Somalia attack: Minister Abas Abdullahi Sheikh killed in Mogadishu

Image caption Abas Abdullahi Sheikh grew up in Dadaab refugee camp Somalia’s security forces have shot dead a 31-year-old government minister after mistaking him for a militant Islamist, officials have said. He was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the officials added. The president has cut short his visit […]

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe second-most developed country in Africa

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Robert Mugabe, 93, has governed Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa, President Robert Mugabe has said. He denied that the country was a fragile state. “We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – […]

French election: ‘Unworthy’ debate was still great viewing

Image copyright EPA Image caption Supporters of Mr Macron watch the debate in a Paris bar After the debate was over, some of the French media commentariat was saying it had been a disgrace. Nothing had been elucidated. It was all mud-slinging. It was unworthy of a presidential election. Maybe. But it didn’t half make […]

Somalia attack: Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Abas killed in Mogadishu

Image caption Abdullahi Sheikh Abas was an outsider with no political experience when he took the role Somalia’s Public Works Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Abas has been killed after an attack on his convoy in the capital, Mogadishu. He was shot in his car near the presidential palace, local media said. Mr Abas was a former […]

Kenya election: 62 charged for electoral offences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parties were choosing candidates to represent them in the general elections Sixty-two people have been charged with various electoral offences following highly-contested party primaries in Kenya. A statement from the prosecutor’s office said a serving MP is among those who have been charged. The offences include the bribery of voters […]

FBI head ‘nauseous’ over his possible sway on US election

Media captionComey sets out why he revealed the new investigation – and still thinks it was the right decision. FBI Director James Comey has said it makes him “mildly nauseous” to think that he could have had an impact on the US presidential election. But Mr Comey said he thought concealing the discovery of new […]

Nigeria’s ailing President Buhari misses third cabinet meeting

Image copyright AFP Image caption In a series of tweets Aisha Buhari (left) tried to reassure Nigerians worried about the president’s health Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his third cabinet meeting in a row amid ongoing questions about the state of his health. He has not been seen in public for more than a […]

Losing Kenyan candidates rush to stand as independents

Image copyright AFP Image caption Huge rallies are already taking place for August’s elections Long queues formed at the offices of Kenya’s electoral regulator as hundreds of people, including current MPs and governors, flocked to register as candidates for this August’s elections ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The huge majority of these aspiring candidates are losers […]

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