Guinea Bissau started counting votes in presidential and legislative elections to restore democracy two years after a coup thwarted a previous poll and triggered an economic slide in the former Portuguese colony.
The European Union imposed a second round of sanctions targeting 12 Russian political and military officials involved in Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine. As a previous step, the EU imposed sanctions on 21 Ukrainian and Russian individuals.
Cyril Ramaphosa will take over management of the economy and implement a 20-year government plan after being appointed South Africa’s deputy president following May 7 elections, according to two people familiar with the plans of the ruling party.
Opposition parties in Guinea, which is due to hold a parliamentary vote in December, may hold “peaceful protests” if the country’s electoral commission isn’t dismissed, said Mamadou Mouctar Diallo, the head of one of the groups.
Mozambique’s ruling party said it picked Defense Minister Filipe Nyussi as its presidential nominee for October elections, choosing the favorite of a faction supported by outgoing President Armando Guebuza.
Burkina Faso’s government will dismiss the country’s electoral commission following the June 8 resignation from the panel by representatives from opposition parties, said Jerome Bougouma, minister of territorial administration and security.