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What we’re reading, 9 November 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.

Tanzania opposition leaders arrested on eve of election protests

The East African (Kenya) reported that Tanzanian President John Magufuli has won a second term in Tanzania’s presidential election, securing 84 per cent of the vote. It noted that opposition parties Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo have rejected the results and urged supporters to demonstrate and demand a repeat of the polls. Police have since arrested Chadema Chairman, Freeman Mbowe.

Côte d'Ivoire: complete list of members of the "Transitional Government"

The Electoral Commission of Côte d’Ivoire has announced that incumbent Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has won the country’s presidential elections, securing 94 per cent of the vote. The government has since accused the opposition of plotting against the State, after it vowed to set up a rival government, reported Benin Web TV (Benin).

Constitutional referendum in Algeria, people’s strong message of regime rejection

The North Africa Post (Morocco) reported that Algerians voted to change the country’s constitution in a referendum on Sunday, with only 23 percent of citizens casting their ballot, Algeria’s lowest recorded voter turnout for a major poll. This comes after the Hirak mass protest movement called for a boycott of the vote.

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