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ALGIERS, Algeria | Algerian ex-prime minister Benflis to run for presidency

ALGIERS, Algeria—Jan 20, 2019—Algerian ex-Prime Minister Ali Benflis has announced he will run for president in next year’s election. The 74-year-old Benflis was President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s campaign director in 1999 and was named prime minister in 2000. He quit as prime minister in 2003 and unsuccessfully challenged Bouteflika in 2004 and again in 2014. Benflis … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | Algerian ex-prime minister Benflis to run for presidency

KINSHASA, Congo | Party of declared Congo vote winner rejects AU intervention

KINSHASA, Congo—Jan 19, 2019—The party behind the declared winner of Congo’s presidential election is rejecting the African Union‘s surprise request to delay announcing the final results amid “serious doubts” about the vote. The secretary-general of Felix Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress party accuses mining lobbyists of seeking to destabilize Congo and loot the … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Party of declared Congo vote winner rejects AU intervention

JOHANNESBURG | US says Congo’s 20 days without internet ’20 days too many’

JOHANNESBURG —Jan 19, 2019— The United States ambassador to Congo says 20 days without internet in the country are “20 days too many” and that access cut off just after the disputed presidential election “needs to be restored now.” Ambassador Mike Hammer isn’t the only diplomat in Congo expressing frustration. British Ambassador John Murton has … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US says Congo’s 20 days without internet ’20 days too many’

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

KINSHASA, Congo —Jan 18, 2019— Congo’s constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final results, citing “serious doubts” about the vote. Declared runner-up Martin … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

KINSHASA, Congo | African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results

KINSHASA, Congo—Jan 17, 2019— The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing “serious doubts.” Congo’s constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge filed by the election’s declared runner-up. Martin … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 15, 2019— Congo’s Constitutional Court has begun hearing an appeal against the presidential election results lodged by opposition candidate Martin Fayulu. Lawyers represented both Fayulu and the declared winner Felix Tshisekedi at the court Tuesday. Election commission representatives also attended. The court must rule on the appeal by Saturday. Fayulu filed … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo Constitutional Court begins election appeal hearing

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu arrives at constitutional court to challenge election results, alleging fraud

KINSHASA, Congo— Jan 12, 2019—Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu arrives at constitutional court to challenge election results, alleging fraud. By Associated Press

MOSCOW | Russia’s highest court upheld land swap deal in Caucasus

MOSCOW — Russia’s highest court has upheld a land swap deal in the North Caucasus which caused large-scale protests. Thousands of people rallied for days earlier this year after the leaders of the provinces of Ingushetia and Chechnya signed the agreement to exchange unpopulated plots of agricultural land. The deal and the secretive manner in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia’s highest court upheld land swap deal in Caucasus

BUCHAREST, Romania | Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff

BUCHAREST, Romania— Moldova’s Constitutional Court has temporarily stripped the country’s pro-Moscow president of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff. Monday’s ruling to suspend President Igor Dodon’s powers came after he said he wouldn’t approve candidates for the health and agriculture portfolios because they lacked the necessary skills. Dodon’s spokesman, … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe leader to launch inquiry into violence

HARARE, Zimbabwe— The Latest on Zimbabwe’s presidential election (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Zimbabwe’s president after taking the oath of office says he will soon appoint a commission of inquiry to look into the “isolated and unfortunate” post-election violence in which six people were killed when the military dispersed opposition protesters in the capital. President … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe leader to launch inquiry into violence

HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe set for Mnangagwa’s inauguration, again

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe on Sunday prepared to inaugurate a president for the second time in nine months as a country recently jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election. The military-backed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, now facing another swearing-in, … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe set for Mnangagwa’s inauguration, again

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s constitutional court on Friday unanimously upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s narrow victory in last month’s historic election after the opposition alleged vote-rigging, saying “sufficient and credible evidence” had not been produced. That means the inauguration will be held within 48 hours as Zimbabwe moves into a new era after Robert Mugabe’s 37-year … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition’s vote challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court said it will rule on Friday after hearing the main opposition party’s challenge to the results of last month’s presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Police barricaded streets in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday amid high tensions over the case which will decide … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition’s vote challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to hear opposition party’s election challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe — There is tight security in Zimbabwe’s capital Wednesday as the Constitutional Court is set to hear the main opposition party’s challenge to the results of last month’s historic presidential election. Police have barricaded the roads around the court in central Harare as tensions have risen ahead of the crucial court case which … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to hear opposition party’s election challenge

BAMAKO, Mali | Mali constitutional court upholds election results

BAMAKO, Mali  — Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term. The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent. There was a 34 percent voter turnout, the constitutional court … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Mali constitutional court upholds election results

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s president has called on the troubled country to unite and “put the election period behind us and embrace the future” in his first public address since winning disputed elections. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking on the Heroes’ Day holiday which commemorates the lives of those who died in this southern African … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa urges nation to move beyond elections

Romania court nixes law allowing officials to own business

BUCHAREST, Romania /March 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A top Romanian court has struck down legislation that would have allowed lawmakers and other public officials to own businesses. The Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the legislation approved by Parliament in December wasn’t constitutional. The development came after President Klaus Iohannis wrote to the court in January, … Continue reading Romania court nixes law allowing officials to own business

Czech leader loses case on collaborating with secret police

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia/February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by the acting Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, against claims that he collaborated with Czechoslovakia’s communist-era secret police, officials said Tuesday. The Slovak-born Babis was suing Slovakia’s Institute of the Nation’s Memory, which holds parts of his secret-police files because Czechoslovakia divided into … Continue reading Czech leader loses case on collaborating with secret police

Spain seeks to challenge Puigdemont candidacy to form govt

MADRID/January 25, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Spanish government says it is seeking legal advice on challenging the proposed candidacy of fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to lead a new Catalan regional government. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Thursday that the government has asked the consultative State Council for its opinion on whether such … Continue reading Spain seeks to challenge Puigdemont candidacy to form govt