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    Angolan Elections: MPLA announced as the winner. Opposition parties and activists call foul play

    Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

    The CNE (Electoral Commission) in Angola announced that the ruling MPLA party took 61.1% of the vote and the main opposition party UNITA secured 26.7% in the election which took place on 23 August. The MPLA was initially reported to have secured 64.4% to UNITA’s 24.04% of the vote share but this was revised in [...]

    Angolan Elections: Angola will change the question is how much?

    Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

    Angolans are voting today, 23rd August in national elections. Whoever wins one thing is certain Angola will have a new president for the first time in 38 years. José Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down as President of the country but remaining the leader of his party, the MPLA. The person most expected to be [...]

    Marikana: five years on

    Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

    Marikana: five years on 44 people were killed around the Marikana platinum mine, near Rustenburg, about 2 hours north-west of Johannesburg between 11-16 August 2012. 34 miners who had gone on strike were killed by the South African police on the 16 August. 10 people were killed in the days before 16 August, two were [...]

    South Africa: President Zuma survives eighth no-confidence vote

    Thursday, August 10th, 2017

    On 8 August a motion of no-confidence in President Zuma was defeated in the national assembly (parliament) by 198 votes to 177 with nine abstentions. To have been carried the no-confidence motion needed 201 votes (50% +1 of the Assembly). This was the eighth motion of no-confidence in President Zuma all of which have been [...]

    Angola Election: Observer missions invited but possibly no EU team

    Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has invited a number of organisational and individual observers to witness the forthcoming election. Amongst them are the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as former Presidents from Ghana, East Timor and Mozambique amongst others. Opposition party, the União [...]