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Senegal Opposition Leader Asks Supporters to Defend Their Votes by Any Means

By Diadie Ba | Reuters

A Senegalese opposition leader Wednesday called on supporters to be ready to defend their votes by any means, accusing the ruling party of President Macky Sall of wanting to steal a legislative election the opposition claims to have won.

More from WPR: The ‘Senegalese Exception’ Loses Its Luster

Kenya’s Election Rips Open Scars of Inequality, Corruption

By Cara Anna | Associated Press (free)

Kenya’s Aug. 9 election is ripping open the scars of inequality and corruption as East Africa’s economic hub chooses a successor to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The vastly rich son of the country’s founding leader, Kenyatta has deflected graft allegations by calling for transparency but done little in a decade in power to enable it.

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A Wild-Card Candidate in Kenya Is Sparking an African Debate About Weed

By Rachel Chason & Rael Ombuor | The Washington Post

Pro-pot candidate George Wajackoyah is lighting up Kenya’s presidential campaign.

Burkina Faso Army Admits to Killing Civilians in Air Raid

Reuters (free)

Burkina Faso’s army has said it accidentally killed civilians during a military operation in the country’s southeast earlier this week.

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Congo Expels U.N. Peacekeeping Mission Spokesman After Protests

Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the spokesman of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, to leave the country, blaming him for stoking tensions that led to deadly protests last week.

Somalia Names Former Al-Shabab Deputy a Government Minister

By Omar Faruk | Associated Press (free)

A former deputy leader of the al-Shabab extremist group has been named a government minister by Somalia’s new administration in what some call a chance to persuade fighters to denounce violence.

Senegal’s Ruling Coalition Claims Win but Opposition Rejects

By Babacar Dione | Associated Press (free)

Senegal’s ruling coalition says it has won 30 of 46 departments in Sunday’s legislative election, giving it a majority over the opposition.

More from WPR: The ‘Senegalese Exception’ Loses Its Luster

Congo to Reassess U.N. Withdrawal Plan After Deadly Protests

Reuters

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government will reevaluate the withdrawal plan of the United Nations peacekeeping mission after deadly anti-U.N. protests last week, it said late Monday, suggesting it may ask the force to leave quicker than expected.

Four Dead in South Africa Protests Over High Power Costs

Al Jazeera (free)

At least four people have died during protests over the cost of electricity in a South African township, police officials have said.

Zimbabwe Electoral Appointments Spark Controversy Ahead of 2023

By Chris Muronzi | Al Jazeera (free)

Electoral commission’s appointments of people related to party stalwarts has triggered fears of electoral malpractice.

U.N. Peacekeepers Open Fire in DR Congo, Causing Several Casualties

Al Jazeera (free)

At least two people have been killed and 15 wounded when members of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened fire at a border post in the country’s eastern region, according to the Congolese government.

Senegal Elects Parliament in Test for Ruling Party’s Influence

Al Jazeera (free)

Polls have closed in Senegal’s parliamentary elections pitting President Macky Sall’s ruling party against an opposition coalition energised by food price hikes and fears the incumbent leader could run for a controversial third term in 2024.

More from WPR: The ‘Senegalese Exception’ Loses Its Luster

At Least 32 People Killed After Bandits Set Homes on Fire in Madagascar

Reuters

At least 32 people were killed in Madagascar in an area north of the capital Friday after local bandits known as “dahalo” set homes on fire, according to statements by the defense ministry.

Zambia Debt Relief Pledge Clears Way for $1.4 Billion Program, Says IMF

By Gayatri Suroyo & Rachel Savage | Reuters

Zambia’s creditors pledged to negotiate a restructuring of the country’s debts Saturday, a move IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva welcomed as “clearing the way” for a $1.4 billion Fund program.

Senegal’s Democratic Backsliding Is a Threat to African Democracy

By Danielle Resnick | Foreign Policy

A constitutional coup in a country that has long been a beacon for freedom would encourage authoritarians across the continent.

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