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Equatorial Guinea: Longest serving African President set for re-election after 43 years in power

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who has been in power in the last 43 years, is set for re-election as the country vote in the presidential election on Sunday.

Obiang is seeking a sixth term in office with the assurance of being re-elected after he forced the parliament to amend the constitution to enable him go for another term.

The election coincides with legislative, senatorial and municipal elections and Obiang Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) is expected to sweep the polls by a wide margin as usual.

During his fifth tenure bid in 2016, the 80-year-old Obiang who has entrenched himself as one of the world longest presidents ranking with the likes of Paul Biya of Cameroon, won with a whopping 93.7%, and political analysts believe Sunday’s election will play out in the same pattern.

Obiang became Equitorial Guinea’s head of state in 1979 when he overthrew the first president, Francisco Macias Nguema, who was his uncle and bloodthirsty dictator, whom he had shot two months later.

He has been in charge of the tiny oil-rich central African country since then, meaning that the country has had only two leaders since gaining independence from Spain in 1968.

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Libyan politician, Aguila Saleh, wants UN envoy to meet electoral committee

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One of Libya’s influential figures, Aguila Saleh, wants the United Nations’ special envoy to meet with the joint electoral committee made up of rival Libyan factions.

The politician who is the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives since 5 August 2014 while speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who believes that the meeting will begin to start constitutional arrangements for elections.

According to Saleh, the joint committee could send their recommendations to the High National Election Commission, which would then be responsible for holding elections.

The new UN special envoy for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily had warned that the first anniversary of Libya’s postponed elections is quickly approaching and that further delaying a vote could lead the troubled north African nation to even greater instability, putting it “at risk of partition.”

“The Libyan executive body’s term is over,” said Saleh, calling for a peaceful transfer of power and a return to previous electoral procedures.

 

 

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Zambian president, Hichilema, vows Executive support for Judiciary, calls for responsive courts system

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Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema has called for a responsive and accountable judiciary for an effective justice system.

The president made the call while speaking during the official opening of the judicial conference Livingstone.

He maintained that the Executive arm of Government remains committed to continuing support for the decentralisation process in the Judiciary and making it easily accessible to our citizens in rural communities.

“We appreciated the open and candid exchange of ideas aimed at strengthening the delivery of justice to our citizens, in a timely manner and within the enhanced rule of law coupled with transparency and accountability.

“There is a need for a collaborative approach with all concerned parties, in identifying the impediments to the speedy delivery of justice, by isolating oppressive and archaic laws in our statutes that need repealing, in order that they are in concert and relevant to modern times, so that ambiguities in the delivery of judgments are avoided at all costs.

“To us, the three arms of Government are triplets that should work in close liason, in improving the welfare of our citizens. The Judiciary should equally take a keen interest in economic matters and also ensure that public resources are used prudently, so as to improve their working conditions at all levels,” he said.

The Zambian judicial system comprises approximately 460 courts, arrayed, basically, in a hierarchy with four primary levels. At the base, stand 415 local courts, presided over by 8 senior presiding justices, and 407 presiding justices, assisted by 428 ordinary justices.

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