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We will continue to march until a transitional (authority) led by clean politicians is set up – Demonstrator

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 18, 2014, then Algerian Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz announces the results of the presidential election during a press conference in Algiers. - Belaiz, the head of Algeria's constitutional council stepped down today after weeks facing the ire of protesters, state television reported. (Photo by Farouk Batiche / AFP)

The head of Algeria’s constitutional council resigned Tuesday after weeks facing the ire of protesters, state television reported.

Tayeb Belaiz informed the council, which will play a key role in upcoming presidential elections, that “he presented his resignation…to the head of state”.

Algerians have called for Belaiz and other top figures to quit in mass demonstrations which prompted the departure of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika earlier this month.

Protesters have targeted the “3B” – Belaiz, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, and Abdelkader Bensalah who served as upper house speaker until being appointed interim president after Bouteflika’s resignation.

Bensalah has defended his appointment under constitutional rules and has pledged a transparent vote, to be held on July 4.

The constitutional council is tasked with vetting election candidates, as well as ensuring the regularity of the polls.

Belaiz has served as a minister almost without interruption for 16 years and was appointed head of the constitutional council for the second time on February 10.

Later that month Algerians took to the streets to rally against Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in polls initially schedule for April.

Students back on the streets despite police deployment

Meanwhile, thousands of Algerian students chanting “peaceful” rallied Tuesday in the capital as they defiantly faced police officers who barred them from reaching the focal point of weeks of protests.

During the demonstration, Mira Laifa, a medical student said:

“We will continue to march until a transitional (authority) led by clean politicians is set up,”

“We will continue what we have started,” added fellow university student Linda.

Police were massively deployed around Algiers’ iconic post office building, preventing the protesters from reaching what has become the emblematic point of rallies since anti-government demonstrations first erupted in February.

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Foreign banks accused of enabling corruption in South Africa

Some of these corporations are based in New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai

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Former British minister Peter Hain on Monday accused international corporations and banks of abetting graft in South Africa.

Testifying at a commission probing state corruption under former President Jacob Zuma, Hain – a former anti-apartheid activist who served in past Labour governments – charged international banks, corporations and governments with facilitating the looting of state funds.

“It should be a source of shame for the international community and these banks and professional enablers that they have facilitated this,” said Hain, now a member of the House of Lords.

“Some of these corporations are based in New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai,” he added, referring to HSBC, Standard Chartered and the Bank of Boroda by name. 

The Indian-born Gupta brothers – Ajay, Atul and Rajesh – are at the centre of a South African investigation into rampant corruption under Zuma’s nine-year administration. 

The US Treasury blacklisted the Guptas and froze their assets last month, calling them a “significant corruption network” that dispersed bribes and misappropriated millions in state funds. 

The South African-born Hain, who also penned a book on Nelson Mandela, said the banks were still allowing the Guptas to open bank accounts, possibly for illicit money transfers. 

He blasted banks for not applying the same “stringent measures” they put on ordinary citizens and criminals and called on them to help return funds to the country.

“(The) Indian authorities should be trying to repatriate Gupta assets to South Africa,” Hain said.

Numerous government officials and businessmen have voluntarily appeared before the commission, which was launched in August 2018 and is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Their testimonies have gripped TV audiences across the country.

Zuma was forced to set up the enquiry in January 2018, shortly before he left office, after failing in a legal battle to overturn the ombudsman’s instructions.

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Nigeria’s electoral body declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi Guber polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Governor Yahaya Bello winner of 2019 Guber election in Kogi State

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Governor Yahaya Bello winner of 2019 Guber election in Kogi State. Read now.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Yahaya Bello winner of the keenly contested 2019 Guber election in Kogi State. This is happening a few hours after the resumption of the announcement of Guber results.

Recall that INEC, through its Returning Officer for the Kogi Guber polls Prof.Ibrahim Umar had announced the results inconclusive on Sunday following the delay in the arrival of the results from Lokoja and Ibaji local governments.

The Returning Officer of INEC for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Ibrahim Umar who announced the results said APC’s candidate Yahaya Bello won with a total of 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party who amassed 189,704 votes.

This victory came as a surprise to many who had predicted that the incumbent governor would lose his re-election bid due to the controversy surrounding the non-payment of civil servants in the North-Central state.

READ: Nigeria’s electoral body declares David Lyon winner of 2019 Bayelsa Guber polls

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the re-elected governor. In a statement delivered through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, President Buhari described the election and the victory of Yahaya Bello as “a race well run and a victory well won”.

He further praised the supporters of the ruling All Progressive Party for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of incidents of violence. 

President Buhari also sympathized with the families of those who lost their lives in the violence that erupted during the election. He beckoned on stakeholders to make a conscious effort to stop electoral violence for a sustained democracy.

In his words, “all political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process is vital to our quest for enduring democracy”.

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Nigeria’s electoral body declares David Lyon winner of 2019 Bayelsa Guber polls

Chief David Lyon polled a total of 352,552 to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Duoye Diri

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Nigeria's electoral body declares David Lyon winner of 2019 Bayelsa Guber polls
David Lyon, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate and governor-elect of Bayelsa. (File photo)

The candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Bayelsa State has on Monday been declared the winner of the 2019 Gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State. 

The results were announced on Monday morning by the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the Bayelsa Gubernatorial election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Faraday Orunmuwese, who subsequently returned Chief David Lyon as the winner of the election. 

Chief David Lyon polled a total of 352,552 to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Duoye Diri who polled 143,172 votes.

The All Progressive Congress’ candidate and governor-elect of Bayelsa State, secured his landslide victory by winning in 6 local governments out of a total of 8 local governments in the small oil-rich state. The local governments are, Southern Ijaw; 124,803 votes, Ekeremor L.G.A; 21,489 votes, Nembe; 83,041 votes, Brass; 23,831, Yenagoa; 24,607 and Ogbia; 58,016 votes.

Ogbia local government, where the PDP lost massively is the home council of the former president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. It is widely believed that the outgoing governor, Mr Seriake Dickson disregarded the former President Jonathan in choosing Sen. Diri as his favoured candidate and that cost him the shocking loss in Ogbia local government.

Read: Nigeria’s ruling party wins an election in a key oil state

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Sen. Diri only won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama local governments with 15,360 and 60,339 votes respectively.

President Mohammadu Buhari has on Monday, congratulated the governor-elect, Chief David Lyon for his victory, amidst protests in the oil-rich state against the election that many believed was marred by violence. 

In another development, the announcement of the Kogi State Gubernatorial results was postponed till 9:00 am on Monday. The postponement was necessitated by the delay in the arrival of results from Lokoja and Ibaji Local Governments.

The Returning Officer of INEC for the Kogi State Guber election, Prof. Ibrahim Umar who announced the postponement said that the postponement would allow the staff to sort things out and give other stakeholders to rest.

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