November 13, 2005 |
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, all but assured of becoming Africa's first elected female head of state in Liberia's presidential vote, on Saturday rebuffed her opponent's suggestions of fraud and laid out her priorities for governing the country. With 97% of the vote counted, economist Johnson-Sirleaf had 59.4%, compared with 40.6% for her opponent, millionaire former soccer star George Weah, according to the National Electoral Commission.
March 11, 2000 |
As many here see it, President Sam Nujoma should be former President Sam Nujoma. In November, the founding father of this young African democracy finished his second five-year term, the limit under the constitution. But Nujoma didn't budge; the constitution did. Nujoma's ruling South-West Africa People's Organization voted to exempt him from the restriction. Nujoma was reelected to a third term in December.
February 21, 1999 |
Nigerians voted Saturday in landmark parliamentary elections, marking the latest step in their country's transition to civilian rule and greater democracy. An estimated 40 million voters in this West African nation were given their first chance in 15 years to select civilians for a two-chamber National Assembly. However, there was little fanfare here in Nigeria's commercial capital and second city.
February 20, 1999 |
Voters are electing a new parliament today that should be responsible for setting policies to put Nigeria on the path to democracy and economic stability. Yet human rights activists worry that the continent's most populous country may be heading for domination by yet another African "big man."
June 6, 1997 |
Showing more a sense of desperation than faith that their country's agony would be eased, more than half of Algeria's eligible voters braved threats from Islamic militants to cast ballots Thursday for the country's first multi-party parliament. But the election was marred by a few incidents of violence and accusations of intimidation against parties critical of the government. Even before the counting began, some opposition leaders warned of widespread vote fraud.
June 5, 1997 |
After 60,000 deaths and five years of terror that followed the cancellation of the last general election, the exhausted people of Algeria are trying again today to choose the country's first multi-party parliament. Expectations for a problem-free vote are not high in this capital, where the thud of a midday bomb no longer elicits a serious pause in the luncheon conversation and visiting journalists are routinely furnished with a trio of gunmen to take to interviews as "protection."