Democracy in Tanzania has taken a troubling turn, prompting the U.S. to cancel a $472 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation grant, and even more broadly to reassess the East African nation’s reputation as a beacon of hope for African democracy. Among the most important concerns for Washington, regional and international election observers was the cancellation of the October 2015 poll on the semi-autonomous territory of Zanzibar, in which Seif Sharif Hamad of the Civic United Front or CUF appeared to have defeated incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi or CCM. CUF boycotted a re-run election in March 2016, ending a government of National Unity on Zanzibar that was negotiated in 2010. Paul Sisco reports.
"To our surprise, the ruling party, CCM, instructed the chair of the Zanzibar election commission to nullify the elections, which is against the Zanzibar constitution and the election laws of Zanzibar," Seif Sharif Hamad told Shaka in explaining his concerns about the election of 2015.
Shaka Ssali, host of Straight Talk Africa, has been for decades a keen observer of the political realities on the African continent. Here he shares his thoughts and ideas about what is happening now in Africa. VOA Reporter Paul Ndiho asks questions and Shaka gives targeted answers, distilling years of experience and wisdom. It’s Shaka: Extra Time. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3028335.html
Jim Malone reports on President Donald Trump's first month in office, a presidential debut unlike any other in recent history. Trump has already proclaimed his presidency an early success in bringing change to Washington, even as he lashes out at what he describes as a “dishonest press” that he says is “out of control.”
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