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Kenya: 9 journalists wins parliamentary seat

Nine journalists won various seats in last week’s General Election with one of them clinching the coveted county governorship. Two of them will sit in the Senate while six other became woman representatives and Members of the National Assembly. Former Mediamax Network chairman Granton Samboja is the incoming Taita-Taveta governor ...

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Kenya: 23-Year-Old student wins MP seat

A 23-year-old independent candidate has been declared the  next Igembe South MP. Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18, 867 against Jubilee’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15, 411 votes. Other candidates, who were seasoned politicians include Mwenda Mzalendo (7,695), Kubai ...

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Kenya: Sophia Abdi Noor wins Ijara parliamentary seat

Voters in the North Eastern part of Kenya have elected Sophia Abdi Noor of PDR as the first woman Member of Parliament for the area. Mrs Noor won the Ijara constituency seat after edging out her closest rival incumbent Ahmed Ibrahim Abass with nearly 300 votes. She polled 6, 001 while ...

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South Africa’s opposition calls for dissolution of parliament

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday called for South Africa’s parliament to be dissolved and a national election to be held, one day after its no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma was defeated. Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would bring the motion to dissolve ...

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Kenya: Voters to elect first female senators

Nairobi — Susan Kihika and Margaret Kamar are steps away from becoming the first elected female Senators in Kenya. The two are currently commanding unassailable leads with Jubilee Party’s Kihika leading with 618,788 votes ahead of ODM’s Samuel Ogada’s 54,445 votes in Nakuru. In Uasin Gishu, Kamar of the Jubilee ...

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived an eighth vote of no confidence – despite the ballot being held in secret. Opposition parties had hoped the secret vote would mean MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) might side with them against the president. But the motion, called amid ...

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Ghana: Minority indicts Ofori-Atta of cooking figures in Mid-year review budget

The Minority in Parliament has accused the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta of cooking figures on the performance of the economy for the first half of the financial year 2017. According to them the figures by the Minister were doctored to make government’s economic performance look good. The minority at a ...

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PNG Parliament re-elects O’Neill as PM

Peter O’Neill has been re-elected as prime minister of Papua New Guinea after the country’s Parliament convened for the first time since national elections last month. O’Neill, as had been expected, was reinstated as country leader – a post he has held since 2011 – after receiving 60 votes. Voting ...

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South Africa: ANC calls for disciplinary action against MP

The ANC in Parliament has called for disciplinary action against another of its MPs‚ Mondli Gungubele‚ for what whip Jackson Mthembu called “the worst form of ill-discipline” after he indicated that he will vote with the opposition in the motion of no confidence next week. In a statement issued on ...

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Senegal set to vote in parliamentary elections

Voters in Senegal are set to elect a new parliament following a tense campaign between rival coalitions in an election seen as a crucial test of support ahead of a presidential election in 2019. Polling takes place between 8:00am and 6:00pm local time (08:00 to 18:00 GMT) on Sunday, with ...

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