Sudan’s first multi-party elections in 24 years have ended with a resounding victory for incumbent Omar al-Bashir’s National Congress Party. The poll has been heavily criticised by the international community, with election monitors at the Carter Center calling the process: “Highly chaotic, non-transparent, and vulnerable to electoral manipulation.” The Centre’s report also highlighted violence and intimidation around the country in the run up to the vote. EU election monitors in the restive Darfur region were withdrawn over safety concerns.

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Continued speculation about the political ambitions of Nigeria’s acting president is provoking questions about the future of the country’s polarised political system

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Attendees of this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam were treated to an unprecedented show of unity from Zimbabwe’s three leading political figures. President Robert Mugabe, prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai and deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara shared a stage at the forum to attempt to rekindle investor interest in the country, at one time one of the continent’s leading economic powers.

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