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Xi clinches third term as China’s president amid host of challenge

Xi clinches third term as China’s president amid host of challenge

YEW LUN TIAN XI Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third term as president of China on Friday during a parliamentary session in which he tightened his control of the world's second-largest economy as it emerges from a COVID slump and diplomatic challenges mount. Nearly 3,000 members of China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People for the 69-year-old Xi in an election in which there was no other candidate. Xi has taken China on a more authoritarian path since assuming control a decade ago, and he extends his tenure for another five-year term amid…
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Guinea President Conde vows to tackle corruption during third term

Guinea President Conde vows to tackle corruption during third term

SALIOU SAMB GUINEA President Alpha Conde promised on Tuesday to tackle corruption among senior officials during his third term, with policies aimed at helping the poor in the minerals-rich nation whom he described as victims of bureaucratic neglect. At a swearing-in ceremony in Conakry after his victory in the bitterly-contested Oct. 18 presidential election, the 82-year-old Conde said he planned to govern the West African nation of nearly 13 million people in a different way. "During the last two mandates, I noticed that the poor anonymous people in villages were abandoned by ministers and senior civil servants," Conde said in…
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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara wins third term, final results show

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara wins third term, final results show

IVORY Coast President Alassane Ouattara won a third term with 94.27% of the vote, after an election that opposition parties largely boycotted and dismissed as illegal, final results have shown. Main opposition figures are facing criminal charges after denouncing the October 31 vote and creating a rival government in protest. Opposition groups say Ouattara violated the constitution, which limits presidents to two terms. Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allows him to restart his mandate. Clashes in the run-up to the vote and on election day killed around 35 people, officials said, raising concerns about the…
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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara takes early lead in election

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara takes early lead in election

AARON ROSS and ANGE ABOA IVORY Coast President Alassane Ouattara has taken a strong early lead as he seeks a third term in an election that has been marked by deadly violence, winning all 20 of the voting districts that were announced by the electoral commission. Ouattara, 78, won at least 99% of the vote in eight of the districts announced from Saturday's vote, most of which are ruling party strongholds. There are 108 districts in total, more of which are expected to be announced soon. The president has been expected to win re-election after his opponents called for a…
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Guinea votes on third term for Conde amid voter-card concerns

Guinea votes on third term for Conde amid voter-card concerns

SALIOU SAMB POLLS have closed and counting has begun in Guinea following a largely peaceful day in which voters decided whether to give 82-year-old President Alpha Conde a third mandate, made possible by a constitutional change in March. At least 50 people have been killed over the past year during demonstrations against the new constitution, according to Amnesty International, and violence erupted repeatedly during campaigning. A spokesman for the national election commission said the vote was "calm, serene and done with enthusiasm", but a number of people including one of the candidates said they had been turned away at polling…
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Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid

Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid

IVORY Coast's Constitutional Council ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the October 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country's democracy. Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen people have died in clashes between protesters and police since August. The constitution says the president can only stay in power for two terms, but Ouattara has argued that the publication of a new constitution in 2016 reset his presidency. The unrest has political observers worried that…
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Ivory Coast ruling party says it has asked president to run again

Ivory Coast ruling party says it has asked president to run again

IVORY Coast's ruling party said on Monday it had asked President Alassane Ouattara to stand for a third term after the death of his chosen successor. Ouattara, 78, had said he would step down and named his close ally, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, as the RHDP party's candidate for the October 31 ballot. But Gon Coulibaly died on July 8, leaving the party without a candidate in the run-up to an election that is expected to test political stability in the world's top cocoa-producing nation. The vote is expected to be the most hotly contested since 2010, when Ouattara's…
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