The final result of the Sierra Leone presidential run-off election will not be known until Wednesday, according to Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the UN envoy in West Africa. Chambas told the BBC correspondent that the result will be announced “within the next 48 hours”. The stalemate between the two political parties as...
Nigeria’s government will investigate allegations of improper involvement by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in the country’s 2007 and 2015 elections, a presidency spokesman said on Monday. The UK-based political consultancy is facing allegations that it improperly accessed data from social media website Facebook to target voters prior to the U.S....
Israel announced Monday it had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries. The deal means thousands more of the primarily Sudanese and Eritrean migrants will...
Sitting president takes more than 97% of vote, having silenced opponents The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has swept to a landslide victory after an election in which his only challenger was a supporter of his rule. Results announced on Monday afternoon gave Sisi 97.08% of valid votes on a 41.5% turnout,...
South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of Nelson Mandela became mired in controversy Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa but also one of its most controversial figures, has died aged 81. The ex-wife of the former South African president Nelson Mandela, she died at a hospital...
In Summary New president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, used his inauguration speech on Sunday to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa’s most stable countries. Masisi took over automatically, and he is likely to secure a further five-year term in elections in October 2019 when the ruling BDP is...
Egyptian government threatens foreign journalists over coverage of election  'Any foreign article written in a non-professional manner will receive a direct and clear response' The Egyptian government has threatened to "summon" foreign journalists over their coverage of the election ahead of the official result on Monday. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is...
Cameroon’s former water and energy minister Basile Atangana Kouna and other top government officials held over an anti-corruption crackdown have been shown in a video commemorating Easter in prison. Journalists tweeted screen grabs of Basile and others – Nguini Effa, Mendo Ze and Jena Willian Solo – all in suit...
In Summary Local sources said a massive blast was heard in the Bulomarer district and fighting broke out after dozens of heavily armed Shabaab militants stormed the base. Ugandan army spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire wrote on Twitter that 30 Shabaab militants had been killed, while the Islamists claimed in...
A small but remarkable new migration is taking place in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as well-heeled Congolese up sticks to live in Rwandan towns lying just across the border. Gisenyi and Kamembe, on the northern and southern tips of Lake Kivu respectively, are seen as more stable, more secure...