News Brief
Photo by Felipe Trueba - Pool/Getty Images

The President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, speaks during the 'G20 Investment Summit - German Business and the CwA Countries the Compact with Africa (CwA)' in Berlin, Germany, 19 November 2019.

President Alassane Ouattara's Party Wins Majority Parliamentary Vote

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's ruling party has won majority of the contested parliamentary seats over opposition parties.

President Alassane Ouattara's party, Rally for the Republicans (RHDP), has reportedly secured majority of the parliamentary seats. This follows after the Ivory Coast parliament held official elections this past Saturday. The official results were announced by the country's electoral commission a few days later on Tuesday after much conflicting news about the results circulated. Ouattara reportedly attained 137 out of the contested 254 seats in the National Assembly.


Read: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Controversially Wins Third Presidential Term

According to EWN, these were the first peaceful parliamentary elections in a decade that included all the opposition parties. These elections saw an alliance from opposition parties in an attempt to thwart Ouattara's absolute victory, this according to DW. Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI), reportedly announced shortly after the election that they had won 128 seats with its allies, however according to Al Jazeera the opposition parties only attained 91 seats of the vote. Unsurprisingly, the PDCI has alleged voter fraud just like the party did in November when Ouattara controversially won his third presidential run in the national elections with a landslide. The elections were riddled with violence culminating in the deaths of a reported 87 deaths.

The parliamentary elections had more than 1500 candidates contesting for the 255 seats. One seat remains vacant in the 255-seat assembly due to the death of a candidate in a northern constituency and an election is set to take place in a month for a candidate to fill the seat.

News Brief
Photo: Getty

Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Pan-African Streetwear Label Finchitua Goes Intergalactic

Finchitua's newest capsule collection is a dive into future fantasy.