Five African countries vote in crucial elections

    Five African countries vote in crucial elections

    March 20, Dakar: Elections are being held in five African countries, while Senegal is holding a referendum on reducing presidential terms, media reports said.

    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, BBC reported.

    Elections are also being held in Benin, Cape Verde and Congo-Brazzaville. 

    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.

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

    The Oslo Times


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