Angola’s Ruling Party, MPLA, Retains Power in Tightest Election Yet

The Pop­u­lar Move­ment for the Lib­er­a­tion of Ango­la won in the gen­er­al elec­tion with the low­est mar­gin since com­ing to pow­er in 1975. LUANDA, Ango­la — Angola’s rul­ing par­ty on Mon­day was declared the win­ner of the gen­er­al elec­tion, but it was its weak­est show­ing in the five elec­tions that have tak­en place since the country…

Angola Braces for Tight General Election

Nairo­bi, Kenya —  Ango­la holds pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions Wednes­day in what is expect­ed to be the biggest chal­lenge to the country’s long­stand­ing one-par­­ty rule. The rul­ing MPLA par­ty, in pow­er for near­ly half a cen­tu­ry, has been los­ing young sup­port­ers to the lead­ing oppo­si­tion par­ty, UNITA. The pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have focused main­ly on eco­nom­ic issues, but observers are…

In the Kenyan Election, a Fierce Battle to Lead an African Powerhouse

Kenyans vote for a new pres­i­dent on Tues­day, end­ing a heat­ed race that shows why, in a trou­bled region, the East African nation mat­ters more than ever. KANGARI, Kenya — The heli­copter swooped over the lush tea and cof­fee fields flank­ing Mount Kenya, Africa’s sec­ond high­est peak, and touched down out­side a small high­land town where…

How is money being spent in Kenyan elections? BBC Africa

Kenyan politi­cians are using mil­lions of dol­lars to fight for polit­i­cal seats in the 2022 gen­er­al elec­tion. Attempts by the elec­toral body to cap cam­paign financ­ing and con­tri­bu­tions were thwart­ed by the nation­al assem­bly in 2021. How are politi­cians spend­ing the mon­ey? What are impli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s democ­ra­cy? BBC Africa’s Ash­ley Ogon­da explains. Pro­duced by…

Kenya election: TikTok and disinformation — BBC Africa

Tik­Tok is one of the most pop­u­lar social media plat­forms among young vot­ers but its role in Kenya’s heat­ed pres­i­den­tial race is going rel­a­tive­ly unscru­ti­nised. BBC Monitoring’s Bev­er­ly Ochieng takes a look at how it works in the polit­i­cal back-and-forth between the lead­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. Cam­era: Antho­ny Irun­gu Edit­ing: Suni­ti Singh Video pro­duced by BBC Monitoring…

Libyan rivals resume U.N.-brokered talks on elections | AP News

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan offi­cials on Sun­day resumed talks in the Egypt­ian cap­i­tal, the lat­est U.N.-led efforts to agree on con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ments for elec­tions as the North African nation again finds itself at a polit­i­cal impasse.Twelve law­mak­ers from Libya’s east-based par­lia­ment and 11 from the High Coun­cil of State, an advi­so­ry body from west­ern Libya, were attend­ing the Cairo-host­ed talks, said Abdul­lah Bli­heg, the parliament’s spokesman.The U.N. spe­cial advis­er on Libya, Stephanie Williams, said the talks aim at address­ing core chal­lenges — includ­ing the polit­i­cal sys­tem, eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria, and a time­line for elec­tions. She advised the atten­dees that they have until May 28 to come with an agreement.“This ses­sion con­sti­tutes your last chance to pro­vide a cred­i­ble response to the expec­ta­tions of the Libyan peo­ple and make con­crete progress on these issues,” she said.The first round of the talks