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Don't read the fine print

Morocco's re-admission to the African Union leaves unresolved a major contradiction between the Kingdom's constitution and that of the AU, to which Morocco is now a signatory since...


Front lines in flux

The UN-backed unity government is disintegrating while rival armed blocs in the east and west gear up for a battle for Tripoli

Many now predict the disintegration of the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and with it, the fragile balance that has kept open war from breaking out. The ...


Out with the Ould

The promise of the President's retirement will dominate politics as the opposition seeks to create a broad alliance

Politics in Mauritania could be radically reshaped in the months ahead if talks between the opposition Forum national pour la démocratie et l'unité (FNDU) and the grassroots anti-s...


Benkirane's 'bras de fer'

The clash between the Palace and the Islamist PJD will shape politics as much as the kingdom's efforts to rejoin the AU

The struggle over who will join Morocco's next coalition government has continued into the new year and could continue for some time yet. The coalition is again to be led by the 'm...


A coalition of hope

Donors line up more support to help confront deeply uncertain prospects for security and an economy damaged by terrorism

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's 'unity' government seems to have plenty going for it, with a good balance of political factions and technocrats, and strong international backing. U...


Elusive legitimacy

Currency devaluation will shape economic prospects this year but the President faces conflicts within and outside his country's borders 

Coping with the effects of the 50% devaluation of the Egyptian pound at the end of 2016 will be the main preoccupation of the government and the public in the coming year. The most...


Taking a pounding

The government's attempt to use the IMF to raise funds for a bail-out is unravelling

As the International Monetary Fund delays approval of a jumbo loan and Cairo quarrels with Saudi Arabia, a key source of cheap cash, the government's economic strategy is in tatter...


How to win friends

Reports of fresh clashes in Western Sahara suggest an urgency in Rabat's bid to rejoin the African Union

On a swing through Rwanda and Tanzania late last month, King Mohammed VI used the trip to promote his main causes: getting back into the African Union and outflanking the Western S...


Premier Benkirane is back

The Islamist PJD won the most votes in this month's elections but it faces some hard bargaining to form another coalition

It should have been a dramatic general election on 7 October, pitting the Islamist-led government's record of social conservatism and economic stagnation against a Westernised libe...


The scramble for the spoils

Western policy looks confused and contradictory, while the UN stands accused of giving in to blackmail 

The political process set up by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has buckled under the weight of the country's multiple divisions, leaving Western governments c...


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