Africa

Nigeria: PDP to Hold Discussions Ahead of April Election

The spokesman for Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) told VOA top officials of the governing party will soon hold strategic discussions on its next line of action after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced next year’s presidential vote will be held on 9th April. Rufai Ahmed Alkali said his party is determined to work with all stakeholders to ensure the presidential election is credible

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Nigeria:Babangida, Jonathan Campaign on Economy

Nigeria's economy is one of the biggest campaign issues for presidential candidates, especially following last week's strike over wages. President Goodluck Jonathan ended the strike after just one day by promising to raise the minimum wage, which is now about $50 a month. Political science professor Isitoah Ozoemene says the president gets credit for ending the walkout so quickly, but risks greater political losses if he fails to deliver on higher wages before next year's vote

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Uganda: NRM Accussed of Intimidation, Harassment Ahead of Elections

A leading member of Uganda’s opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) said his party and other opposition groups are being prevented from using the state broadcaster as well as other private radio and television stations for their campaigns ahead of the scheduled 18th February 2011 general elections. Jerome Ndiho said supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have also been harassing and intimidating opposition partisans in the run up to the election

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Guinea: Violence spreads, military declares state of emergency

Guinea's military government is imposing a state of emergency as violence continues following the announcement of results from the country's presidential election. Army Chief Nouhou Thiam announced the state of emergency in a nationwide television broadcast. Thiam says troublemakers are deliberating attacking security forces and other civilians. So this state of emergency is meant to counter what he calls those undemocratic elements to preserve peace and national unity

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Alpha Conde Wins Guinea Presidential Election

Guinea's electoral commission said long-time opposition leader Alpha Conde has won the country's first democratic vote. Meanwhile, supporters of the losing candidate clashed Monday with riot police. Electoral commission president Siaka Toumany Sangare said Mr. Conde won more than 52 percent of the vote, while his challenger - former Prime Minister Cellou Diallo - won 47 percent

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Bush: Egypt President Mubarak informed US that Iraq Had Biological Weapons

Former U.S. President George W. Bush says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak informed the U.S. that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He also spoke of other people who had influence on his decision to invade Iraq. The revelation comes in Bush's memoirs, Decision Points, in which he highlighted mistakes made during the Iraq war campaign, and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in the country

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Nigerian Labor Unions Prepare for ‘Warning’ Strike over Increase in Minimum Wage

Nigeria's two main labor unions are calling a three-day warning strike over pay. The Nigerian Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress say it will begin Wednesday and could be extended indefinitely, countrywide. The unions are demanding that the government make good on its agreement to raise the minimum wage to $120 a month. The government says it is making arrangements to do that, but the unions say they have run out of patience

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Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo Confident Ahead of Runoff Vote

In Ivory Coast, a spokesman says President Laurent Gbagbo is confident of victory as he prepares for a runoff election later this month against former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara. The election is the first presidential ballot in the West African nation in 10 years, when Mr. Gbagbo became head of state. Neither President Gbagbo nor former prime minister Ouattara won a majority in Sunday's much-awaited presidential vote

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Ivory Coast: ECOWAS Official Urges Peaceful Run-Off Vote in Ivory Coast

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on the people of Ivory Coast to demonstrate what he described as the same maturity and patriotism in the scheduled 28th November presidential run-off vote seen in Sunday’s election. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the West African regional bloc, said there is consensus among both local and international poll observers that Sunday’s vote was credible

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Liberia: President Sirleaf Dissolves Her Cabinet

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has dismissed her Cabinet to provide herself with a "clean slate" ahead of next year's presidential election. President Sirleraf made the announcement Wednesday on the eve of her departure on an overseas trip, including a stop in the United States

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Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo, Alassane Ouattara lead in vote count

Provisional results from Ivory Coast's electoral commission show the country's current president and its former prime minister are leading returns from Sunday's vote. With more than half of an estimated 4.2 million votes counted, President Laurent Gbagbo and former prime minister Alassane Ouattara each have just over a third of the ballots cast. That appears to indicate that this vote will go to a second-round run off as neither man is likely to win an outright majority from Sunday's poll

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Ivory Coast Election: Winner…

Ivory Coast's electoral commission is releasing provisional results from Sunday's presidential vote. Electoral commission spokesman Bamba Yacouba began with results from the north-central Vallee du Bandama region. Yacouba explained how many voters were registered, how many voted, how many ballots were disqualified, and how many people voted for each of 14 candidates

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Ivory Coast Waits for Election Results

Ivorians in the country's troubled western regions continue to call for peace as the country waits for results in its long-delayed presidential election. After five years of repeated delays, voters in Ivory Coast went to the polls Sunday for a presidential election meant to reunite the country after a 2002-2003 civil war split it between a government-held south and a rebel-held north

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Ivory Coast Election Hailed by ECOWAS

A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated the people of Ivory Coast over what he described as a mature and peaceful presidential vote Sunday. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the West African regional bloc, also urged the losing presidential candidates to use the country’s state institutions, including the courts, to address their concerns about the poll results. “We wish to congratulate them for the way they conducted themselves in the elections on Sunday

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