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A woman sought cover Saturday as Kenyan police officers clashed with supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, the capital. 
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Protests Rage On in Kenya After President Is Re-Elected

KISUMU, Kenya — The sun had barely risen, but protesters were already bracing for another wave of confrontations with the police in the city of Kisumu on Saturday after an election disputed by supporters of Kenya’s opposition party. As the smell of tear gas and smoke from burning debris clung […]

Council of State election… 21 people file to contest in Volta Region
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Council of State election… 21 people file to contest in Volta Region

As many as 21 people have filed nominations in the Volta Region to contest the Council of State election slated for February 9. They include two females, of whom one is a traditional ruler and the other a journalist and social entrepreneur. They are the Queenmother of Ho-Dome, Mama Atrato […]

Incumbent Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, leader of the APRC (The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction) greets his suporters in Bikama on November 24, 2016 during an electoral rally.
As electoral favorite Jammeh seeks his fifth term in power, a two-week campaign period will come to an end next week ahead of the December 1st presidential election with political leaders canvassing in rural areas. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
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Ghana & Gambia: A tale of two elections

For a few days following the elections in Gambia and Ghana at the beginning of December, it seemed that the political landscape in West Africa would change in an unexpected way. On 1st December, Gambia’s strongman, Yahya Jammeh, who took power in a military coup in 1994, surprisingly conceded the […]

The Obama administration was riven for months by an internal debate about how much of its evidence to make public. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking

WASHINGTON — President Obama struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services. The administration also penalized four top officers of one of those services, the […]

Sen. John McCain, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, seen here on Nov. 16, 2016, said the Obama adminstration's sanctions on Russia "are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia." (Michael Reynolds / EPA)

Republican response to Russia sanctions: Some praise for Obama, some praise for the hackers

President Barack Obama‘s administration’s move to name and sanction more Russians it accused of hacking Democratic campaign organizations had been previewed for days in leaks to reporters. But as they issued statements and appeared on news shows Thursday, Republicans offered a wide range of responses, from praise for the administration […]

Part of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Dec. 30, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not expel American diplomats in retaliation after President Barack Obama kicked out dozens of suspected intelligence agents and imposed sanctions in a furious dispute over alleged election interference by Russia. (Alexander Nemenov / AFP/Getty Images

Putin says he won’t expel American diplomats after Obama sanctions Russia over alleged election interference

The United States has unleashed a string of sanctions and ordered expulsion of 35 Russians in retaliation for alleged cyber-meddling against the U.S. election, but President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia won’t oust American diplomats in a retaliation for the move. The diplomatic showdown between Washington and Moscow, which […]

Ghanaian election officials use a lantern and a smartphone torchlight to assist people voting late at a polling station in Tamale this month. Credit Pius Utomi Ekpei/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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The End for Ghana’s ‘Power-Cut’ President

  ACCRA, Ghana — Last December, my family gathered at my grandmother’s house for the one-year anniversary of her death. Her house in Akim Oda, a small town in southern Ghana, was filled with well-wishers. I walked into the kitchen to fetch drinks for the guests, and as I opened […]

People in the town of Nakpayili voted in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana on Dec. 7. Following the vote, people from both major political parties danced arm-in-arm in the streets to celebrate their democracy.
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A lesson for U.S. in how Ghana celebrates its democracy

I was surprised by the outcome of the vote, but not by the response.   A hotly contested, closely watched presidential election is won by a man whom political experts, media and many citizens expected to lose. After his surprise victory, people pour into the streets. The victors are jubilant. […]

Sen. Cory Gardner took pains to cast his proposal as far broader than the Russian hacking of U.S. election officials. | AP Photo
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Pressure grows on McConnell for special Russia hacking probe

Sen. Cory Gardner plans to introduce legislation to create a select committee to investigate an array of cyber security threats. By BURGESS EVERETT John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s bipartisan push to create a special committee to investigate Russia’s election-season hacking and other cybersecurity threats received a potential boost Monday as […]

Nana Akuffo Addo, President elect

Akufo-Addo will not debate a ‘flip-flop’ President – Hamid

The spokesperson of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shot down possibility of a debate between the NPP leader and President John Mahama. Mustapha Hamid says Mr Akufo-Addo meant business and would not debate a President whom he said has been unable to […]