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  • 5th December 2016

GHANA: Peace pact signed ahead of polling day as opinion polls send mixed messages

Patrick Smith

This week we hit the election trail: first to Ghana where over 15 million citizens are due to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday (7 December), and then to Gambia for the aftermath of the shock election defeat of President Yahya ...

  • 1st December 2016

Fidel's African legacy

Blue Lines

The funeral of Fidel Castro on 4 December is stirring up fiercely partisan reactions. But in Africa there is almost universal praise for the Cuban leader, especially his support for anti-colonial struggles and his despatch of some 50,000 doctors across th...

  • 28th November 2016

NIGERIA: After a divisive campaign, governing party candidate wins in Ondo State

Patrick Smith

This week we start with Nigeria's governorship elections and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma facing yet another vote of confidence. Elections in Gambia and Somalia are also due conclude this week as the United States signals greater interest in milita...

  • 21st November 2016

NIGERIA: Oil and inflation up and politics wobbling

Patrick Smith

We start in Nigeria where the central bank is holding critical meetings on interest rates and foreign exchange policy. After its budget last week, Zambian officials continue talks with the International Monetary Fund and political tensions rise in neighbo...

  • 17th November 2016

Cash calls

Blue Lines

African treasuries, cash-strapped after the commodity price crash, are trying to recoup their losses by launching law suits against multinational companies. The most sensational is a court ruling in Chad on 5 October that a consortium led by Exxon Mobil s...

  • 15th November 2016

UNITED STATES/AFRICA: Tougher trade deals and isolationism threaten after Trump's win

Patrick Smith

This week we start again in the United States in search of the implications, direct and indirect, of Donald Trump's shock victory in the presidential election. In South Africa the African National Congress starts its run-up this week to picking its presid...

  • 7th November 2016

UNITED STATES ELECTION: What's in it for Africa?

Patrick Smith

We start off with a look at the increasingly bizarre United States elections tomorrow (8 November), quickly followed by a report on President Jacob Zuma's tough week ahead in South Africa. Then there are fresh doubts about the strategy and money for the A...

  • 3rd November 2016

Buhari's Delta plan

Blue Lines

It was hardly a meeting of minds but President Muhammadu Buhari's discussions with Niger Delta state governors and community leaders in Abuja on 1 November marks a clear change of strategy. It was Buhari's first meeting with regional leaders since militan...

  • 31st October 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: Pressure mounts on ANC leaders as Prosecutor wobbles on case against Finance Minister

Patrick Smith

This week we start in the South African courts to watch the latest round of the proxy political battle between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma; the Kenyaneconomy gets a vote of confidence from the World Bank; results in Côte d'Ivo...

  • 25th October 2016

BURUNDI | KENYA | SOUTH AFRICA: African states start exodus from International Court

Patrick Smith

This week, top officials at the International Criminal Court are in urgent talks with the governments of South Africa, Burundi and Kenyaabout plans for a mass withdrawal from the Court. Reeling from targeted assassinations and a weakening economy, Egyptia...

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