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  • 25th August 2016

Zuma emboldened

Blue Lines

Predictions that President Jacob Zuma will redouble efforts to regain control over policy and patronage after the African National Congress's losses in the municipal elections (see Feature, Zuma carries on regardless) are fast proving accurate. On 22 Augu...

  • 24th August 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: In the cities, ANC starts a new life in opposition

Patrick Smith

This week elections dominate our list of things to watch: the recent past, in the case of South Africa, where the ANC comes to terms with its loss of power in the big cities; the present, in Ghana, where the governing National Democratic Congress has just...

  • 17th August 2016

ZAMBIA: Lungu wins by a whisker as opposition cries foul

Patrick Smith

This week we consider the recent elections in Zambia and South Africa and a new opposition alliance in Ethiopia, while President Salva Kiir changes his mind again about the prospect of more foreign troops to keep the peace in South Sudan.ZAMBIA: Lungu win...

  • 10th August 2016

ZAMBIA: Presidential candidates trade claims on violence and vote-rigging as gap narrows in 11 August elections

Patrick Smith

This week we have important election stories – before and after – in Zambia, South Africa and Congo-Kinshasa. And there are new international efforts to get the two sides in South Sudan to implement their peace agreement ,while Nigeria's finance officials...

  • 4th August 2016

Angola: promise or problem?

Blue Lines

A year before next year's general elections, Angola is balanced between a 'promising' and a 'problematic state', according to Abel Chivukuvuku, leader of an opposition coalition which claims to be the country's fastest growing political movement, the Conv...

  • 21st July 2016

Dlamini-Zuma's busy swan song at AU

Blue Lines

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's extended swan song as chairwoman of the African Union Commission has been more productive than the rest her of four-year term. Dlamini-Zuma doesn’t want a second term and will return home to South Africa. There, she’s likely to ma...

  • 19th July 2016

AU delegates search for funds for 100,000 peacekeepers

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Kigali, which is hosting the summit of the African Union, and stay in East Africa to hear that the region's three biggest economies are putting their trade negotiations with the European Union on hold. If the latest opinion polls in ...

  • 14th July 2016

SOUTH SUDAN: Risk of chronic food crisis after Juba shoot-out

Patrick Smith

This week we start with the fighting in South Sudanand then look at the prospects for more anti-government protests in Zimbabwe. In Zambia, tensions are rising ahead of what many expect to be a very close election next month while Ghanais channelling the ...

  • 7th July 2016

Zimbabwe's long hard transition

Blue Lines

A new protest movement known as #ThisFlag is gaining momentum in Zimbabwe after one of the biggest stayaways in cities for a decade on 6 July. At the head of #ThisFlag is Evan Mawarire, a 39-year-old pastor who launched a social media campaign in April to...

  • 30th June 2016

Brexit storm hits markets and trade everywhere

Patrick Smith

A Brexit-dominated blog this week as Africa's economies count the cost of the turmoil in Europe. In Zambia, President Edgar Lungu's government cracks down on the independent media and Mozambique's finance troubles escalate after the secret loan scandal. F...

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