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India election: Modi, a landslide victory

The ruling Congress Party, which has dominated Indian politics since independence, suffered a crushing defeat after two terms in office, in the Indian general election held from 7 April to 12 May. The party finished with just 44 of the 543 seats and under 20% of the vote in what was its worst ever performance…

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Malawi elections 2014 – A few sun rays

Malawi will be going for elections on 20th May. These elections will be the fifth in the country. Voters will choose the President, the 193 seat Parliament and the local administrators. Malawi registered voters top 7 millions. However many are skeptical about the chance of a real change. Elections will coincide with Malawi’s 50 years…

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Editorial – EU / Elections 2014: decision-time

European citizens will go to the polls on 25 May to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg. These MEPs will represent over 500 million citizens in 28 Member States. It is important to choose those candidates whose main concern is developing a Europe of solidarity and fairness. The Eurobarometer survey carried…

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Guinea Bissau – From the coup d’état to elections

Presidential elections will be held on 13 April. The difficult path from political turmoil to stability. On 12 April 2012, the people of Guinea-Bissau were surprised by another coup d’Ètat, when the country was a few weeks away from the second round of the presidential elections set for 29 April. Some elements of the armed…

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South Africa – Elections: Zuma again

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Next April, The ruling African National Congress (ANC) will face its toughest elections since 1994. New political parties will challenge the ANC. We talked with Else Strivens, editor  of the Trefoil magazine based in Johannesburg. New political parties have been created recently in South Africa, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) and Agang being the most…

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Africa 2014 – Elections & Conflicts

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In North Africa, the main event will be the presidential elections in Algeria next April, with Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ruling National Liberation Front’s candidate running for a fourth mandate. Owing to Bouteflika’s poor health, the main question is whether he will be able to bring it to a conclusion, since challengers such as the novelist…

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Honduras – Elections: in the shadow of a past coup

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  On November 24, almost 5.3 million Hondurans will go to the polls to elect the next president, 128 members of Congress, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament, and 298 representatives of municipal governments, for four year term, starting in January 2014. Nine political organizations have been authorized to take part in the elections.…

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Chile – Election polls and market

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Chileans will go to the polls on November 17 to elect their next president. Former President Bachelet maintains the lead in latest opinion poll.   The question, to many, is not whether the Nueva Mayoria (New Majority) pact’s candidate will win, but whether the centre-left New Majority opposition coalition, which brings together a group of…

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Zimbabwe – the hard road to elections

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  In 2008, Zimbabwe lived through one of the darkest pages of its recent history. Following the first round of general elections – which the ruling ZANU-PF party and the incumbent president Robert Mugabe allegedly lost – a wave of violence spread in the country. Most international human rights advocates described it as “government-sponsored.” According…

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Challenges 2013 – Risky elections

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  On 4 March 2013, Kenya will attract the attention of the whole continent for the presidential, parliamentary and local elections. The hope is to avoid a repetition of the 2007 scenario when post-election violence led to the killing of 1,300 people. The current Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, is the preferred candidate according to opinion polls, while…

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Zimbabwe – Elections and intimidation

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  Key unresolved issues are the need for elections under free(ish) and fair(ish) conditions with an autonomous electoral commission (ZEC) and reform of the degraded voters roll. There is continuing battle over indigenization, and uses of diamond resources, the post-Mugabe agenda, SADC engagement including security sector ‘governance’. Regional leaders receiving churches and NGOs lobbying on…

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Senegal – Good news, for a change

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  Senegal has seen its share of political ups and down. Yet, under founding father Léopold Sédar Senghor and his successor Abdou Diouf, the country moved forward and it was spared major social upheaval, unlike some of its bordering nations. The soft conflict in the southern region of Casamance has been the real sore spot…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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