Benin, Niger, Cape Verde, Congo, 2 others vote today

Benin, Niger, Cape Verde, Congo, 2 others vote today

Sunday, March 20, 2016 10:58 am

Africa is holding a Super Sunday of polls today, with six countries streaming to polling stations.

Five African countries are voting in presidential elections, while Senegal is holding a referendum on reducing presidential terms.

A presidential run-off is going ahead in Niger even though the opposition candidate is in a French hospital.

In Tanzania’s semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar, the presidential election is being re-run after it was cancelled due to irregularities last October.

Elections are also being held in Benin, Cape Verde and Congo-Brazzaville. Benin is having a run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon

The opposition in Niger has called for a boycott alleging fraud.

President Muhamadou Issoufou is expected to win a second term in the vote against former prime minister and parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou.

Mr Amadou was jailed in November on baby-trafficking charges, which he denies. He was flown to Paris last week for medical treatment.


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