Madagascar: Four Former Presidents Compete for Madagascar Presidency

[VOA] The island nation of Madagascar votes Wednesday, with four former heads of state vying for the top job in a pool of 36 candidates. Analysts predict this contest will go to a second round, and the nation’s persistent problems, poverty, health challenges, poor infrastructure, and human rights abuses, will continue no matter who wins.

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Nigeria:Averting Violence Around Nigeria’s 2019 Elections

[ICG] As election preparations get underway in Nigeria, conflict and insecurity in many parts of the country risk exacerbating intercommunal tensions and preventing a peaceful transfer of power. In this excerpt from our Watch List 2018 annual early-warning update for European policy makers, Crisis Group urges the EU and its members states to remain fully engaged during the election in order to curb violence and strengthen the country’s democratic institutions.

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Africa’s oldest president, campaigns for another term in Cameroon

After 36 years of Biya, all we have is nuts ON THE campaign trail Paul Biya’s motto is “La Force de l’Expérience”. It is a slogan that few would dispute. Since Robert Mugabe was tossed off Zimbabwe’s throne last year, the 85-year-old Mr Biya, Cameroon’s president since 1982, has been Africa’s oldest head of state

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Ethiopia:Over 800,000 Displaced People Face Cold and Heavy Rains

[Africa Renewal] Dilla -Over 800,000 internally displaced persons are living without adequate shelter and safe sanitation in Ethiopia, resulting in a worsening humanitarian situation further exacerbated by cold, wet weather brought on by the rainy season.

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