Political Unrest
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South African president survives no-confidence vote

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/17, 01:13 pm

South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday voted by secret ballot against a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. This is the eighth time Zuma has survived an attempt to unseat him. Forty-six percent of lawmakers voted in favor of the no-confidence motion with 177 votes, while 51 percent voted against the motion—a vote of 177-198, with nine abstentions. The motion needed at least 201 votes to succeed. Zuma’s ruling African National Congress party currently holds a majority in parliament, with 249 seats.

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Venezuelan troops hunt rebels after military base attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/07/17, 08:26 am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said anti-government fighters who staged an attack Sunday on an army base would receive the maximum penalty, once officials find them. About 20 anti-Maduro fighters on Sunday morning entered the Paramacay base in the central city of Valencia, waging a three-hour battle before the military regained control. In a video, Capt.

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Voting machine maker says Venezuela’s election tainted

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/02/17, 11:05 am

The CEO of a company that made voting machines for Venezuela’s National Assembly election said Wednesday someone tampered with the results to inflate voter turnout numbers. Antonio Mugica of the company Smartmatic told reporters in London there was a discrepancy of 1 million votes between the turnout figures announced by the government and those recorded by his systems.

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