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In Niger, incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou is hoping to win a 2nd term in office as vote counting is under way following Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Members of the country’s opposition parties have been critical of the arrests of their members by authorities leading up to yesterday’s elections and what they are calling the, ‘shoddy arrangements’ found at many polling stations. Final results are expected to be announced on Wednesday but if no candidate secures more than 50% of the votes, a run-off will be held (BBC News).
Former prime minister Faustin-Archange Touadera has been declared the winner in Central African Republic’s presidential run-off. The country’s electoral commission reported results over the weekend in what is being called, ‘a step toward reconciliation’ following years of violent unrest. The head of the AU’s observer mission credited those involved in handling the results for the, “calm, serenity and transparency” of the election (Reuters Africa) while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the people of CAR for successfully holding peaceful elections and called on the country’s leaders to maintain a, “constructive atmosphere” (VOA News).
ICYMI Following the re-election of Yoweri Museveni to another 5-year term, extending his already 30-years in office as president of Uganda, there was frustration, anger, and sadness expressed on social media as #UgandaMourns trended across Twitter. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been placed under arrest again after issuing a call to his supporters to, “have the strength and the courage to finish this struggle” (Africa on the Blog) while the bloggers at the Monkey Cage gave their analyses of how Museveni, ‘got more votes than love’ in this year’s election (Washington Post / Monkey Cage).
It’s Social Media Week Lagos, one of the world’s largest gatherings of social media influencers, technologists, digital media publishers, startups and investors. Monday’s schedule focuses on, ‘the future of media’, with sessions being hosted by, Quartz Africa, TRUE Africa, Freedom Foundation, and others. Follow @SMWLagos and #SMWLagos on Twitter all week for live updates and insights from all the keynotes and panel high lights.
Ahead of this week’s Africa Business Conference hosted at Harvard University’s School of Business, Professor Calestous Juma (@Calestous) has released a new academic paper title, ‘Education, Research, and Innovation in Africa: Forging Strategic Linkages for Economic Transformation’. Professor Juma proposes creating, “innovation universities” combining areas of research, teaching, community service and commercialization (Harvard University).
Energy & Environment
Côte d’Ivoire’s largest private electricity producer is ‘boosting its production capacity by about 70%’, adding to the country’s importance as 1 of West Africa’s leading exporters of electricity. Ciprel completed the last phase of a $382 million project in Abidjan last week, making it the country’s single largest independent electricity producer. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara says the country is now nearing its goal of reaching 2000 megawatts in production capacity in 2016 (VOA News).
Identity & Culture
Kathryn Buford (@kathryn_buford) interviews Minnna Salami (@MsAfropolitan) founder of the MsAfropolitan blog to explore all the various aspects of African feminism (True Africa).
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