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Results Collation Still Ongoing Post Presidential Election in Ghana

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana has said results are still being collated and has advised citizens and parties to desist from declaring unofficial results.

Ghanaians trooped out to vote in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on Monday and almost 24 hours after the conclusion of the elections, results are still being collated round the country.

The commission said it has abolished the usual constituency-by-constituency results and has resorted to declaring results by regions.

There are 275 constituencies and 16 regions in Ghana.

Read: Extended Single Term Rule Not Likely In Ghana

The election which was generally peaceful and smooth saw international observers from the EU and ECOWAS.

Presidential candidates, Nana Akufo-Addo-Addo and opposition, John Mahama have urged their supporters and the generality of Ghanaians to stay vigilant as results are being expected.

The eventual winner of the election is expected to have garnered 50%+1 of total votes, absence of which will see a run-off election being conducted two weeks after the announcement of the results.

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Uganda Election: Bobi Wine Files Arbitrary Detention Complaint

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Police arrest Ugandan pop-star MP Bobi Wine, supporters teargassed

The Presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in the Uganda election, Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine, has filed an arbitrary detention complaint to the United Nations (UN).

The Ugandan military has since Friday surrounded Bobi Wine’s house, a day after Uganda conducted presidential elections, barring him from going out or receiving visitors.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Bobi Wine, said: “Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana has filed this complaint on my behalf to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest.

“We are challenging my continued illegal confinement by the Ugandan police and the military.”

Long-time president Museveni, 76, was re-elected with almost 59 per cent of the vote, followed by 38-year-old Wine, with roughly 35 per cent.

Wine says he will legally contest the result of the presidential election, alleging “widespread fraud” during the Jan. 14 poll, which was seen as Uganda’s first election in which there was a real threat to Museveni’s rule.

Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has retained power for 35 years.

He had changed Uganda’s constitution to enable himself to run for yet another five-year term.

The election had been overshadowed by violence since campaigning began, with almost daily violence being reported.

The internet was shut down across the country shortly before the start of voting.

It has since returned, although social media remains unavailable.

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France Will Not Repent, Apologise for Colonial Past in Algeria – Macron

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Emmanuel Macron, the President of France and ex officio co-prince of Andorra, has said he will not repent nor apologise for France’s colonial past in Algeria.

Macron’s office says he will seek to promote reconciliation through a number of symbolic acts.

There will “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended French rule, Macron’s office said, adding that the French leader would instead take part in “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation.

The comments come before the publication later today of a report he commissioned into how France is facing up to the legacy of that period.

Macron had in the past that France had committed crimes against humanity in Algeria, and spoken of the need for truth and reconciliation.

In July, Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune had expressed hopes Macron would apologise for France’s 132 years of colonial rule in Algeria and the brutal eight-year war that ended it, have left a legacy of often prickly relations between the two countries.

“We have already had half-apologies. The next step is needed… we await it,” Tebboune said in an interview at the time.

“I believe that with President Macron, we can go further in the appeasement process … he is a very honest man, who wants to improve the situation.”

France’s colonial rule of Algeria began in 1830 and lasted to 1962, when it gained independence after an eight- year armed struggle.

Thousands of French and hundreds of thousands of Algerians died.

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Army General who Announced Robert Mugabe’s Removal Dies of Covid-19

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Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo, has died from complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, a government official statement has said.

The statement, issued by the country’s acting chief secretary to the president and cabinet, George Charamba, said Moyo succumbed to the disease on Wednesday.

It added that the deceased minister had tested positive for the virus a day earlier.

Moyo becomes the third government minister to succumb to COVID-19 since the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.

He had a known kidney problem that kept him out of work for long periods as he sought regular dialysis.

The former military man played an important role in overthrowing former president Robert Mugabe by leading communications at the time. Moyo was the one who made a statement to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation following the “house arrest” of Mugabe and denied that a coup had taken place.

He was appointed foreign minister by President Emmerson Mnangagwa shortly after Mugabe was overthrown in November 2017 and retired from the military soon after.

Some have speculated that Moyo was in line to succeed Mnangagwa as president.

Covid-19 deaths in Zimbabwe reached 60 a day on January 18, with a recovery rate of 63.2%, according to the ministry of health and childcare.

Co-ordinator of the Covid-19 national response, Dr Agnes Mahomva, has warned Zimbabweans that complacency will account for more deaths because people are not taking the 30-day lockdown, now in its 15th day, seriously.

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