Daily Archives: November 1, 2020

Algeria Votes on New Constitution Promising New Freedoms

ALGIERS, ALGERIA – Algerians were voting Sunday on whether to approve a revised constitution that imposes term limits, promises new freedoms and aims at answering demands from pro-democracy protesters who pushed out their long-serving, autocratic president last year. However, opponents of the constitution were barred from campaign venues or from expressing their views on public

Tanzania’s Magufuli Wins Landslide Re-election

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzanian President John Magufuli has officially won a second term, with a landslide victory of more than 84% of the vote in this week’s election. His main opponent, Tundu Lissu, earned 13% of the vote, according to the official count. Tanzania’s citizens have accepted the results. Announcing the votes Friday in

Nigerian Still in Line to Lead World Trade Organization, Despite US Opposition

ABUJA – Nigerians have expressed confidence that the country’s former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, will still become the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, despite opposition from the United States. The 66-year-old has secured strong backing to become the WTO’s director general, but the U.S. this week put its support

Algerian Voters Shun Referendum Aimed at Ending Political Crisis

ALGIERS, ALGERIA – Fewer than 1 in 4 Algerian voters took part in Sunday’s constitutional referendum, officials said, despite government efforts to encourage high turnout as part of a strategy to turn the page on last year’s political unrest. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the powerful military had presented the new constitution as a sign that