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Oil fuels Luanda panic

The crash in the price of crude oil may not have worked through the economy yet but it has already trashed all spending plans

'Angola has seen nothing yet,' is a common comment in Luanda business circles about the impact of the oil price crash on the country. The government is seeking to plug financial gaps. 'They are out scrambling, trying to find dollars,' said a financial source in the capital. 'International banks are offering Angolan debt deals to raise dollar financing for the government.' Angola has secured US$250 million from the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and the same amount again from Gemcorp Capital LLP, according to agency reports, while China Development Bank has loaned $2 billion loan to the state-owned oil company, Sonangol. Negotiations are also under way with the World Bank for more aid.

KENYA | INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

ICC murder mystery

Much confusion surrounds the abduction and apparent murder of a witness in the ICC trial of William Ruto and Joshua Sang

The hurried burial at sunset on 22 January of a corpse said to be that of Yusuf Hussein, a 25-year-old matatu (minibus) conductor, has deepened the mystery surrounding the apparent...

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Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Jacob Silberberg / Panos

NIGERIA

Elections face new risks

With three weeks to go until voting day, almost half the electorate still lack voters’ cards and could be disenfranchised

New doubts about the timing of the presidential and governorship elections, currently due on 14 and 28 February respectively, will complicate national security. Because some 30 mil...

CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Ouattara looks at second term

The President faces greater danger from his allies than from a demoralised opposition that is stubbornly loyal to his predecessor

The main opposition Front populaire ivoirien appears unable to accept that it must replace its leader, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, to contest the elections in October. The Interna...

SOMALIA

The federation tango

The President’s new cabinet will face the same intractable issues as the last. Lack of international patience is another problem

Last month, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survived a political crisis and finally sacked Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, enabling him to appoint a new cabinet (a re...

SUDAN

More presidential powers

As the regime clamps down further, a united opposition looks to the future

This year the National Congress Party (NCP) government faces a more united and effective opposition and a free-falling oil price which will more than halve export earnings. On top ...

AFRICA | ENERGY

Planning puts power first

By 2040, nearly one billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa could have access to electricity, compared to 290 million today, a report says

Inreasing access to energy will 'turbo-charge' growth on the continent, the International Energy Agency says in its latest, long-range report, Africa Energy Outlook. It anticipates...

MADAGASCAR

Hery hangs on

The new President is a prisoner of the past. His predecessors are still immensely influential and want to shape the present

An alliance between former President Marc Ravalomanana and the current President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, is gathering momentum as church leaders nudge Madagascar's political lea...

UGANDA

Sejusa’s mystery return

The former security boss made a deal to come home but things haven’t gone smoothly

The maverick former intelligence chief, General David Sejusa (aka Tinyefuza), found himself at the centre of a siege by armed police this month, despite having returned from exile ...

SIERRA LEONE

The politics of Ebola

The government’s handling of the epidemic is increasingly compared unfavourably with Guinea and Liberia

In its last report on Ebola, the United Nations World Health Organisation offered Sierra Leone some good news. The incidence of infection appeared to be decreasing, the WHO said, w...

SOUTH SUDAN

Long tunnel, glimmer of light

A step has been taken to end the fighting and towards a lasting political agreement. Weak oil prices put more pressure on the government

A tentative step forward has been made with a political reunification deal signed in Arusha on 21 January between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his sacked Deputy Riek Machar Te...

ANGOLA

New crisis, new banker

José de Lima Massano has unexpectedly resigned as Governor of the Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA, the central bank). The appointment of José Pedro de Morais, who was F...

MALAWI

Plugging the gaps

With the resumption of international support for the national budget still a distant prospect, President Peter Mutharika's government is having to be inventive in seeking ways of p...

MOZAMBIQUE

New cabinet brooms

President Filipe Nyusi's new government, announced on 17 January, marks the expected break with former President Armando Guebuza's legacy and the arrival of a warmer political clim...

MOROCCO | WESTERN SAHARA | BRITAIN

You say Morocco

The British personal injury and negligence law firm Leigh Day is preparing judicial review proceedings against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over claims that Morocco is ...

ZAMBIA

PF set for victory

Edgar Lungu's surprise alliance with ex-President Banda – which may involve major policy compromises – should carry the day at the polls

EGYPT

El Sisi consolidates

The President will try to firm up his power through the election of a compliant Parliament and a probable economic upturn

SOUTH AFRICA

Turbulence trending

Zuma faces a serious challenge from Ramaphosa and ANC internal battles could weaken efforts to tackle urgent economic problems

TANZANIA

CCM faces apathy

Elections dominate the calendar, as will the groundwork for the LNG project, whose economics are now less certain

ZIMBABWE

The year of leaving dangerously

Mugabe may be relinquishing full control of the state – but not the party

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A student's map of Africa at a school near Bamako, Mali. Sven Torfinn / Panos

AFRICA

Special preview edition: Africa in 2015

Tougher politics and tighter money are in prospect as governments will depend more on national resources – we look at the year ahead

MALI

IBK on the back foot

Peace talks with Tuareg rebels and the President’s dented reputation both need their credibility restored

MOZAMBIQUE

New faces, old issues

Good will and hopefulness greet Nyusi. But a still-disgruntled Renamo clouds the picture, as do corruption fears

ALGERIA

The long goodbye

There is unease in Algiers where the focus on the President’s health is obscuring long-term political and economic reform

KENYA

Economy up, security down

With strains appearing in the Jubilee Coalition, the opposition will exploit the government’s political and security problems

CONGO-KINSHASA

Hell no, he won’t go

Kabila’s determination to stay in power regardless of the legalities poses major risks – but the economy is looking up

ETHIOPIA

Not a popularity contest

The EPRDF won’t allow the recovering opposition to test its electoral support and will tightly manage the coming elections

BURKINA FASO

Watching the dust settle

Filling the vacuum left by Compaoré’s long presidency will dominate the year ahead: the mass movement that ousted him will be on high alert

Nigeria Conference – 25 March 2015

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