- Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his ruling South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), are expected to retain the stronghold of government, as Namibias started to cast their votes today.
Mr Pohamba is seeking a second term in office, with political analysts in the country saying the near competition to the main seat could come from the newly formed Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which is being led by the former foreign minister Hidipo Hamutenya.
The presidential and parliamentary elections which opened today are expected to close at mid-night Saturday.
SWAPO has been on the driving seat since independence 1990, and managing to retain at least three quarters of the majority in parliament over the years.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.