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Africa's 'Super Sunday': Elections in five countries

In this edition of Eye on Africa: The continent is gearing up for "Super Sunday", with elections being held in the Congo, Niger, Benin, Senegal and Tanzania.


It's something of a "Super Sunday" in terms of elections in Africa this weekend - with several votes taking place.

Opposition candidates in Congo-Brazzaville say they're expecting widespread fraud as long-term president Denis Sassou-Nguesso seeks re-election again. He's been in power for 32 of the past 37 years.

Niger is gearing up to hold its first ever run-off vote for president. Tensions are running high ahead of the polls. The opposition has already said it won't recognise the results; they're boycotting this second round.

Plus, Benin is holding the second round of its presidential election, and Senegal will be holding a referendum on whether to reduce presidential terms from seven years to five. On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, meanwhile, security forces have been deployed ahead of a re-run of October's presidential vote - which was cancelled after the election commission said voting laws were violated.

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