Niger holds the second round of its presidential elections today. Longtime opposition leader Mahamdou Issoufou is poised to win.
The Netherlands will cut aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks out against electoral violence:
“I’m very concerned that violence continue to form a part of our pre-election process,” Jonathan told the politicians and officials at a meeting of the electoral agency INEC.
Jonathan, presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said there had been bomb attacks which have claimed lives, threats and and reports of obstruction and intimidation of political opponents in parts of the country.
A blast near the venue of a PDP party election rally Thursday last week killed three people and injured 28 in a town near Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, officials said.
The attack was the latest in a wave of bomb explosions to rock Nigeria in the months running up to the April general elections.
Two bomb attacks in Abuja in October and December last year claimed more than a dozen lives.
Jonathan urged party leaders to impress on their supporters the need for peaceful polls.
Thousands protest alleged police brutality in Burkina Faso.
Meanwhile, protesters and police clash in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
IRIN reports on the influx of refugees from Libya into Niger.
Tensions continue in Abyei, Sudan.
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