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Could Burkina Faso protests signal end of president’s 27-year rule?

A week of escalating protests in Burkina Faso exploded into violence Thursday as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets against an attempt by longstanding President Blaise Campaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Demonstrators in the capital Ouagadougou broke through lines of police, who used tear gas, to storm and torch the parliament building. The protesters took to the streets to protest a vote – now cancelled – that would have changed the constitution to allow President Compaore to run for an unprecedented fifth term.

“We have tired of this president. We want a new system,” says Ives Ouedraogo, who is 27-years-old and unemployed, speaking to The Christian Science Monitor by telephone from Ouagadougou. “I know just one president in my life. He needs to let another person.” Read more…

Soldiers attempt to stop anti-government protesters from entering the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. Joe Penny/Reuters

Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory is upheld by Kenya’s supreme court

Kenyan election 2013

A supporter of defeated presidential hopeful and outgoing prime minister Raila Odinga confronts riot police officers before the court verdict. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Kenya‘s supreme court has unanimously upheld the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the country’s presidential elections, rejecting claims by opposition candidate Raila Odinga that the electoral process was tainted by rigging. Odinga accepted defeat at a press conference, bringing to a close weeks of uncertainty following the 4 March elections.  Read more…

Uhuru Kenyatta wins Kenyan election by a narrow margin

Kenyatta supporters celebrate his victory in Nairobi earlier today. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP
Kenyatta supporters celebrate his victory in Nairobi earlier today. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP

International criminal court indictee Uhuru Kenyatta was officially declared the winner of Kenya‘s presidential election afternoon, although his rival, Raila Odinga, will not concede defeat and a legal challenge, alleging widespread fraud, is certain.  Read more…

When Kenya’s richest and poorest men almost met

The Uhuru Kenyatta rally in Uhuru Park, Nairobi. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.
The Uhuru Kenyatta rally in Uhuru Park, Nairobi. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

On Saturday afternoon, Kenya’s presidential hopeful Uhuru Kenyatta held his last campaign rally in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park. Tens of thousands turned out to see him. Men climbed trees to better view the stage, which was flanked with billboard-sized banners of Kenyatta. His supporters all wore shining red t-shirts handed out by rally organisers, emblazoned with Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party slogan: “I Believe”.  Read more…

Where I’ll be for the Kenyan election

Last time there was a big election in November, I was reporting in Kogelo, Kenya, Obama’s father’s hometown, and wrote a gushing Facebook post about how much I missed America. It was goofy hanging out with Kenyans who loved Obama, and I wanted more than anything to be far from there, to be back in the US.

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Legacy of violence looms as Kenyans gear up for vote

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)
In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga speaks to the crowd at an election rally in Iten, Kenya. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin, File)

It’s voting time in Kenya, and campaigns are in full swing in preparation for general elections on Monday. The eight presidential candidates are helicoptering from rally to rally in search of their share of the 14.3 million registered voters, while caravans of music-blasting campaign buses block up city traffic as they energize their bases. Campaign posters dripping with glue blanket any available surface from tree trunks to highway overpasses, and party flags flap from the external mirrors of public buses and motorcycle taxis. Parades of red or orange, depending on the preferred major party, bounce their way through city streets and slum alleys, blowing whistles and shouting slogans.

But uncertainty lurks beneath the zeal.  Read more…