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Zimbabweans experience election without Mugabe since 1980 independence.

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Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, a watershed moment they hope will rid the country of its pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy.



The election pits 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, against 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.

On the eve of the election, Mugabe emerged from eight months of obscurity since the military ousted him in a bloodless coup, to announce he would vote for the opposition, surprising former ally Mnangagwa who accused him of striking a deal with Chamisa.

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Voting started at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and will end at 7 p.m.
Opinion polls give former intelligence chief Mnangagwa, who took over as president after the army ousted Mugabe, only a slim lead over Chamisa.

There will be a runoff on Sept. 8 if no candidate wins more than half the votes.

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Madagascar presidential election credibility in doubt as electoral body face charges.

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Madagascar’s presidential election result is likely to face stiff legal challenges, following accusations of electoral fraud and corruption against the electoral body.

Report says appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court.



Madagascar’s electoral commission announced results on Saturday, confirming an expected presidential election run-off after neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win outrightly.

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According to the Independent electoral commission, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will contest the second round having secured 39.19% and 35.29% respectively.

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The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.

The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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