Tag Archive for elections

Africa Notes: Angola’s Election






Reuters reported today the somewhat unsurprising challenge by Angola’s opposition party, UNITA, to the national election results of August 31st (Reuters). The ruling MPLA party, led by President dos Santos, won with 74 percent of the vote (Reuters). This was a legislative election, but the constitution–changed in 2010 under MPLA and Dos Santos direction–stipulates that…

Africa Notes: Senegal has a new President






Former PM Mack Sall apparently has won the run-off election. The fact that Wade has conceded is fantastic news for West African democracy. It doesn’t quite balance out the recent Mali coup, but it is great news, nonetheless. BBC News – Senegal’s Wade admits presidential election loss.

Museveni wins






Not a surprise.  The question is… what will happen next. Some have been worried about the prospects for violence. BBC News – Uganda election: Yoweri Museveni wins fresh term. More info at The Independent. Look for a podcast from Andrew Mwenda on this soon. “The Africanist”, Richard Vokes, maintains a nice Uganda blog as well.…

Obama, Midterm Elections, and Foreign Policy






I am far from being an expert on American politics and elections. But I do tend to pay attention when they intersect my interests in international relations and I’ve gleaned a few tidbits from my Americanist colleagues: foreign policy preferences can impact voter attitudes (Aldrich et al. 2006); there may be “two presidencies” (domestic and…

Democracy in West Africa






A couple stories to watch: In Nigeria, elections in the southeastern Anambra state, were marred by allegations of fraud and claims of disenfranchisement.  The concern is what this might signal for next year’s Presidential election. Fortunately, the election itself was largely peaceful… this time. Meanwhile, in Cote d’Ivoire, many are claiming they are being disenfranchised…