Author: New African | Date: 27 May 2019
The 'African elections 2019' stories just keep on giving. Lazarus Chakwera - presidential candidate of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), was Saturday granted a High Court injunction,blocking the electoral commission from announcing results of Tuesday’s fiercely-contested presidential election, until a “transparent recounting of the ballot papers” in 10 districts is done. And incumbent President Peter Mutharika's supporters (pictured above) are furious. Earlier results indicated Chakwera was trailing behind Mutharika, who is seeking a second term.
In South Africa – the ruling ANC’s Cyril Ramaphosa used his inauguration speech to drum up his mantra Thuma Mina (Send Me), as he declared that he was ready to put a lid on the country’s entrenched corruption in positions of power. He is South Africa's sixth black President since apartheid ended 25 years ago. His inauguration follows the 8 May general election, which saw the ANC suffer its biggest loss since the start of democratic vote.
Up north in Mauritania, six candidates are vying to replace President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz who is stepping down. His successor is due to be elected on 22 June. In Algeria, the Constitutional Council announced late on Sunday that two candidates had finally registered for the country’s July presidential election. The news came after several reports said the deadline for registration had passed without anyone successfully registering. The identity of the two presidential entrants was not immediately revealed. The elections are tentatively slated for next July, following the ousting of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The situation in the country remains tense, weeks after the octogenarian President was forced out by angry protesters.
In other news, the mercury is rising in the Uganda, Rwanda tensions, according to this report.
From the UK's Financial Times, the respected daily reports that Nigeria and Royal Dutch Shell have began contract negotiations, whose outcome could result in revenues falling by billions from lucrative offshore blocks.
And in the meantime, we are trying to keep up with the anticipated Africa Free Continental Trade Area. Come July 2019, the AfCTA is likely to become a reality. At the moment, 52, African states have committed to the creation of what could become of the world’s largest free-trade areas of 1.2 billion people.
On a sad note, Kenya and Africa’s literary world mourned the death of Binyavanga Wainaina.This tribute captures the life of the late Caine Prize for African Writing winner and human rights activist.