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Election dramas exhaust Kenya, where democracy is challenged

Distraught Kenyan schoolgirls huddled against an alleyway wall, trapped between stone-throwing protesters and police wielding clubs and firing tear gas in an outbreak of violence following Kenya’s disputed election that left national divisions more entrenched. The girls scrambled to safety in a scene that captured the anguish of a flawed …

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Togo lifts ban on weekday protests, opposition regroups for ‘massive showdown’

The Togolese government has lifted the ban on weekday protests which was imposed last month and unsuccessfully executed after anti-government protesters defied the order. This was part of measures adopted by the government including the invitation of “neutral observers” from the civil society to observe protests and give vivid accounts; …

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Ghanaian judges ordered to wear wigs whiles at post.

The directive from her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo said effective Wednesday November 1, 2017, all judges had to wear their wigs without fail. Debate around the wigs has been ongoing in Ghana with most people describing it as outdated and a colonial hand-down that did not have to be enforced. …

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Liberia’s Supreme Court halts presidential run-off over fraud allegations

Liberia’s Supreme Court has stayed the Nov. 7 presidential run-off election until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who has alleged fraud. Third-place finisher Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party challenged the results of the October vote, which set up a Nov. 7 run-off between former …

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DRC: 5 dead, 9 arrested in more anti-Kabila protests

Police in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni said they had arrested nine demonstrators during a march Tuesday against President Joseph Kabila, a day after clashes in the region that left five dead. The nine were “from Lucha,” said Lisangi Nkumu, Beni’s deputy police chief, referring to …

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Kenya braces for poll results in controversial election

Kenya’s election board said it would announce on Monday the winner of a highly contentious election, sparking fears of further violence in flashpoint opposition strongholds. President Uhuru Kenyatta is headed for a landslide victory in the country’s repeat election which was boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose supporters violently …

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