idriss deby

Chad: An Election Under The Radar

The president of Chad, Idriss Déby, was just re-elected to a fourth term with nearly 90% of the vote.  Here we have yet another strongman in the region who is playing the system to extend his rule and disqualify any potential opponents, and he's doing so with quasi-impunity.

image from Maggie Fick, taken in Kano, Nigeria

Elections and Violence in Nigeria

Young men and boys took to the streets in several Nigerian cities, determined to protest the emerging results of Saturday's vote, which--though not yet made official at that time--indicated the victory of "accidental incumbent" president Goodluck Jonathan.