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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