Former Nigerian Vice President Abubakar Joins Opposition PDP

Former Nigerian Vice President Abubakar Joins Opposition PDP

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria’s former vice president Atiku Abubakar, a potential candidate for 2019 presidential elections, announced that he has re-joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party that he helped found. Abubakar said in a video posted to his Facebook account that the ruling All Progressives Congress Party, or APC, which he quit last month, had failed to improve lives and create the 3 million jobs a year it had targeted. “I left the PDP four…

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Kenya President Vows Unity as He Begins Disputed Second Term

Kenya President Vows Unity as He Begins Disputed Second Term

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to unite his country as he was sworn in for a second term amid opposition protests, capping months of electoral uncertainty that unnerved investors in East Africa’s biggest economy. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has vowed not to recognize Kenyatta’s victory in an October election rerun, boycotted Tuesday’s ceremony in the capital, Nairobi and said he’ll be sworn-in as Kenya’s leader by supporters next month. Police fired…

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Mugabe Era Draws to a Close in Zimbabwe as Impeachment Looms

Mugabe Era Draws to a Close in Zimbabwe as Impeachment Looms

HARARE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is facing the last days of his 37 years in power as lawmakers prepare started proceedings to impeach him. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front says it will work with the opposition to ensure it has the votes in parliament to oust Mugabe, 93, after he missed Monday’s ruling-party deadline to resign. Lawmakers are expected to approve an impeachment motion on Tuesday and then appoint a…

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Congo’s Electoral Body Says Vote Schedule Depends on Funding

Congo’s Electoral Body Says Vote Schedule Depends on Funding

KINSHASA (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s international partners must provide urgent financial support for the country’s electoral process so that delayed polls can take place next December, the head of the electoral authority said. “What I will advise our partners is either they want to finance it and we kick this off, or they don’t want to finance it,” Independent Electoral Commission President Corneille Nangaa said in an interview Tuesday…

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Kenya’s Western Allies Urge Talks to Break Elections Impasse

Kenya’s Western Allies Urge Talks to Break Elections Impasse

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kenya’s key western trading partners and political allies urged talks to resolve a deadlock over the country’s presidential elections, as the nation’s top court began considering petitions challenging the outcome of last month’s vote rerun. The Oct. 26 rerun of an annulled vote two months earlier has polarized the East African nation and exposed “deep tribal and ethnic rifts” that have characterized Kenyan politics in the past, the Atlanta-based…

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Togo Agrees to Talks With Opposition After Two-Month Protest

Togo Agrees to Talks With Opposition After Two-Month Protest

LOME (Capital Markets in Africa) – Togo is preparing to hold talks with opposition parties in the West African nation after two months of protests that left several people dead, government spokesman Ihou Yao Atigbe said in a statement he read on state-owned Television TVT. The government also announced the release of 42 opposition supporters arrested during the protests in September and October. “The government therefore hopes that all this will lead the political parties…

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Congo Plans to Hold Presidential Elections in December 2018

Congo Plans to Hold Presidential Elections in December 2018

KINSHSA (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo will hold delayed presidential elections on December 23, 2018, the electoral commission said, a year later than opponents of President Joseph Kabila have demanded. National and provincial parliamentary polls will take place on the same date, Independent Electoral Commission Rapporteur Jean-Pierre Kalamba told reporters Sunday in the capital, Kinshasa. A series of other votes including senatorial, gubernatorial and mayoral ballots will be held from March 2019 to…

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