Republic of Congo
On this episode of 'Daily VICE,' we spend a day with Popole Misenga—one of ten refugees chosen to compete in Rio as part of the team Refugee Olympic Athletes.
Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema will see his nearly 37-year-long tenure in office extended after securing 93.7 percent of the vote.
Eyewitness accounts charge that government forces dropped upwards of 30 bombs in the country's southeast, destroying schools, churches, and medical facilities, according to Amnesty International.
Two weeks after a disputed election, police clashed with unidentified gunmen and youth opposition members set two state buildings on fire in Brazzaville.
Sassou Nguesso's political opposition has accused him of cheating for reelection, insisting that independent counts showed that he did not secure the 60 percent of the vote that the official count awarded him.
It's no coincidence that protests this year in the Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and South Africa came at a time when Africa's youth population is booming.
In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
Following violent protests, a constitutional referendum held in Congo passed by a landslide, lifting restrictions on President Denis Sassou Nguesso standing for another term — after 32 years in charge.
Yet another government trying to cut access to information.