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Five things to know about Guinea

Conakry - Guinea is among the world's poorest countries, despite significant mineral resources, and has a turbulent political history.

Anger flares in Ivory Coast after election candidates barred

Abidjan - Opposition figures reacted angrily on Tuesday after Ivory Coast's top court rejected 40 candidates for upcoming presidential elections, validating the contested bid of head of state Alassane Ouattara but sidelining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo.

12 candidates vie with Conde for Guinea's presidency

Conakry - A dozen candidates have filed bids to contest upcoming elections in Guinea against President Alpha Conde, who is seeking a controversial third term, the constitutional court said Wednesday.

Opposition and US voice concern over stalled Bolivia vote count

La Paz - The main opposition candidate in Bolivia's presidential election Monday blasted unexplained delays in announcing the results and accused President Evo Morales of trying to avoid a second round run-off.

Tunisia PM Chahed announces run for president

Tunis - Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced Thursday he would stand in presidential elections next month.

Tunisian PM to stand for president: party

Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed will stand in the country's upcoming presidential election, his party announced Wednesday, days after the death of incumbent Beji Caid Essebsi.

Senegal's Macky Sall heading for presidential win: media tally

Dakar - Senegalese President Macky Sall was poised Tuesday to return to office with a first-round election victory, with nearly 90 percent of votes counted.Sall, 56, has so far won 2.2 million of the votes cast Sunday, against 1.

Cameroon president hits campaign trail ahead of vote

Maroua - "It was as if time stood still," said an exuberant announcer as Cameroon's President Paul Biya landed in the country's north to kick-off campaigning ahead of next week's polls.

Thousands turn out in show of support for Mali leader

Bamako - Thousands of supporters of Mali's leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita marched through the capital Sunday, a day after opponents held a protest against his re-election in a disputed presidential run-off.

Mali opposition leader 'categorically rejects' election result

Bamako - The main opposition candidate in Mali's contested election said on Thursday that he "categorically rejects" the results of the presidential run-off that handed a second term to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Mali opposition not united for runoff presidential vote

Bamako - Opposition candidates who fell short in Mali's presidential election have refused to back either of the frontrunners who will contest a runoff vote on Sunday.

Candidates in Mali poll to contest 'irregular' results

Bamako - A majority of the contenders to become Mali's next president said on Wednesday they will not accept election results "marred by irregularities" ahead of an official verdict expected on Friday.

Challenges facing Colombia's new president Duque

Apo - Ivan Duque comfortably beat his leftist rival in Sunday's election but his determination to change a historic peace agreement with the FARC and Colombia's ceaseless drug war signal problems ahead for the inexperienced young president, analysts say.

FARC peace deal at risk as conservative Duque wins Colombia presidency

Apo - Conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidential election Sunday after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.

FARC peace deal in limbo as right closes on Colombia presidency

Apo - Colombians vote for a new president on Sunday in a milestone election, the first since a peace agreement with FARC rebels, which the conservative frontrunner wants to overhaul.

Fragile peace deal on agenda as Colombia prepares for polls

Apo - More than a year after a historic peace agreement, Colombians set to vote in a crucial presidential election this month still fret about corruption, inequality and a surge in drug trafficking-related violence that threatens a fragile treaty with the re...

West African bloc satisfied' with S. Leone vote

Freetown - The West African bloc ECOWAS declared itself "satisfied" with Sierra Leone's run-off presidential vote, as vote counting continued Sunday, while noting intimidating levels of security at some polling stations.

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