Today Egyptians are wrapping up the first of several rounds of voting for the first Egyptian parliament since the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. Two-thirds of the parliamentary seats will be chosen via a proportional list system, and the other third will be chosen as individual candidates. Every voter will choose two candidates from their governorate and one local list of candidates, often including candidates from multiple parties. The more votes a list gets, the more candidates on its list will be in parliament. Below are the options facing Egyptians as they go to the polls.
South Africa is hoping to avoid further isolating Zimbabwe and repeating the refugee crisis that followed the country's 2008 election.
The African National Congress has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid. But riddled by corruption charges and internal feuding, it looks increasingly vulnerable.
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, was once a post-apartheid hero. Now it is the latest caricature of African bad governance, and it no longer resonates with the people. At its upcoming meeting, the party must embrace internal debate and reject economic nationalism.
Police shooting of 34 protesting mine workers has shocked South Africans, but the growing economic frustration that the miners' strike underscores does not equal growing support for the ruling ANC's rivals.