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What we’re reading, 26 October 2020

Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

Côte d'Ivoire: Election tensions erupt in fatal ethnic clashes

Africanews (pan-African) reported that mounting political tension ahead of the upcoming Ivorian presidential elections erupted in deadly ethnic clashes. This came after Ivorian Popular Front President Pascal Affi N’Guessan and former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo called on their supporters to oppose Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy, perceived as unconstitutional.

African Union condemns violence in Nigeria

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat issued a statement condemning deadly violence in Nigeria, following a crackdown on demonstrations spurred by police brutality and deep-rooted social grievances, reported Eyewitness News (South Africa).

Guinea opposition candidate claims victory, violence erupts

At least three people have been killed and several others wounded in Guinea after opposition Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea party leader Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of Sunday's presidential elections, reported The Daily Maverick (South Africa). The Guinean Independent National Electoral Commission, which is still counting votes, described the declaration as “null and void”.

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