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Zanzibar votes in re-run election ZANZIBAR: Voting began in Zanzibar on Sunday with security tight and an opposition boycott in place for the re-run of October's election in Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands, cancelled due to fraud allegations.The Zanzibar Election Commission (ZEC) cancelled the results of the first poll but diplomats said they saw no evidence of the "massive fraud" alleged.Most polling stations opened on time at 7:00 am (0400 GMT), with voters lining up peacefully but turnout was expected to be low in opposition strongholds after the Civic United Front (CUF) urged its supporters not to participate."I am happy to vote again. We will record a landslide victory," said Amina Hassan, a supporter of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party which backs the re-run.But opposition member Yussuf Juma dismissed the election as a sham. "It is a waste of time and resources to vote again. We listened to our leaders not to vote and we ...

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Niger begins voting in presidential run-off despite boycott NIAMEY: Voters in Niger cast ballots in the country's first-ever presidential run-off Sunday, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou on track for a second term as the opposition observed a boycott. The election pits 64-year-old Issoufou, a former mining engineer nicknamed "the Lion", against jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou, 66, known as "the Phoenix" for his ability to make political comebacks.Polling stations opened at 8:00am (0700 GMT) and were to close at 7:00pm (1800 GMT), with 7.5 ...

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Congo orders telecom shutdown during presidential vote BRAZZAVILLE: Congo Republic's government has ordered the country's two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government source said on Saturday."The Minister of the Interior indeed signed and sent a letter to ... MTN Congo and Airtel Congo to tell them that the state wants them to cut off communication on March 20 and 21 for reasons of security and public tranquillity," the source ...

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Heavy gunfire in Libya capital as rivals clash TRIPOLI: Heavy gunfire broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday after two rival armed groups clashed in the city, witnesses said.It was not immediately clear what triggered the fighting between the Zawiyat Addahmani area and Bab Azizziya or which groups were involved. Several quasi-official groups operate as law enforcement and armed forces in Tripoli controlling different districts and clashes sometimes occur over territory or personal disputes.Tripoli has been under control of an armed ...

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Egypt's Sisi says Libya intervention risky, supports eastern commander ROME: Military intervention in Libya is risky and foreign powers would be better off supporting a military commander based in the east, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of neighbouring Egypt was quoted as saying on Thursday.A power struggle between two rival administrations in Libya has allowed Islamic State militants to gain ground there, and hardliners have held up efforts to set up a unity government.Interviewed in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Sisi recommended supporting Khalifa Haftar's ...

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Zimbabwe expects first IMF loan in nearly two decades this year HARARE: Zimbabwe expects a loan from the International Monetary Fund(IMF) in the third quarter of this year, the first since 1999, after paying off foreign lenders by the end of June, the central bank governor said on Wednesday.President Robert Mugabe's government last week agreed to major reforms including compensation for evicted white farmers and a big reduction in public sector wages as the government tries to woo back international lenders. Central bank governor John Mangudya ...

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South Africa's finance minister accuses police unit of threatening him JOHANNESBURG: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday hit out at a police unit investigating his role over setting up a surveillance unit at the revenue agency, saying its latest statement regarding the matter was threatening.The elite Hawks police unit said earlier it would exercise its "constitutional powers" after Gordhan missed a second deadline to answer questions about a suspected spy unit established while he was head of the South African Revenue Service. Gordhan ...