Eye on Africa

Djiboutians cast their votes in presidential elections

In this edition: voters in Djibouti cast their ballots; confusion in Madagascar amid political tensions; and Kenya's female rugby team looks to make history.


Early results are not in yet, but the outcome of Djibouti's election seems written in advance. Part of the opposition boycotted the polls as Ismail Omar Guelleh is expected to win a fourth term. Just 187,000 people, a fifth of the population, are eligible to vote in this tiny nation on the Horn of Africa, where some 60% of the population is unemployed.

Meanwhile, conflicting reports are coming out of Madagascar. According to the president's office, the cabinet and Prime Minister tended letters of resignation. Local media had been reporting tensions between Prime Minister Jean Ravelonarivo, and the president. Ravelonarivo is the country's second Prime Minister in two years. Madagascar's political establishment is still shaky following a 2009 coup d'état.

And Kenya's women’s rugby team will be competing at the Olympics in Rio this summer. It's the first time the sport will be featured as an event for women, and Kenya's lionesses are counting their lucky stars - and hope to make it to the podium.

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