Three ‘Elections,’ Three Incumbent ‘Victories’

Djibouti’s president, Ismael Omar Guelleh, casts his vote in, Djibouti city, April 9, 2021 (AP photo).
Djibouti’s president, Ismael Omar Guelleh, casts his vote in, Djibouti city, April 9, 2021 (AP photo).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Africa Watch by email every week. Benin, Chad and Djibouti held presidential elections over the weekend, although opposition leaders in all three countries, as well as outside observers, said the outcomes were predetermined. Not surprisingly, early returns have the incumbents easily winning all three contests. In Benin, the run-up to Sunday’s vote was marred by violent protests and accusations that President Patrice Talon was undermining what has been one of West Africa’s most stable […]

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