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A peace deal, against all odds

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The much delayed signing of a new accord between north and south offers a chance to defeat the jihadists and sideline the secessionists

Three days after presiding on 20 June over the signing in Bamako of a peace agreement between northern rebels and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Mongi Hamdi was in New York trying to drum up support at the United Nations Security Council to prolong the peacekeepers' presence. The UNSC has to decide before 30 June whether to renew the mandate for the 7,000-strong Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (Minusma), which is headed by Tunisia's Hamdi, the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Mali.


Risks of a hasty exit

France wants to leave as quickly as possible and is risking long-term instability to make sure its short-term goals are met

France is exercising its immense political and economic influence in Central African Republic, insisting on strict adherence to what many are calling an unrealistically rapid elect...

Let my people stay

Eritrean refugees are at the heart of Europe’s migration crisis but a divided European Union is at odds about how to deal with them

Once, European countries were happy to gently chide the Asmara government for the oppression of its impoverished people, but the flotillas of its people sailing across the Mediterr...

The discord lingers on

The constitutional crisis over the vice-presidency drags on while an unwelcome spotlight falls on the President’s affairs

A full explanation of why Vice-President Samuel Sam-Sumana was summarily removed from office in March has just emerged. President Ernest Bai Koroma feared he was building support f...

'Lack of focus' on Ebola

New cases of Ebola are still turning up in Port Loko and Kambia districts, over a month after the World Health Organisation declared neighbouring Liberia Ebola-free. A lack of gove...

Nkurunziza ploughs on

The President's insistence on persisting with the elections annoys the AU. The EU is considering sanctions

Local and parliamentary elections are still set to take place on 29 June but the presidential poll will only be held on 15 July after President Pierre Nkurunziza conceded a delay a...

Do as I say, not as I do

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the Burundian crisis as viewed from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, is the unwelcome spotlight on third – and unconstitutional – terms of office. ...

Petrol projects trouble

PetroSA is the latest state-owned giant to suffer labour and financial problems, with managers first in the firing line

The Board of the state-owned Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa has suspended two senior executives three weeks after the government demanded they go on gardening l...

An accidental arrest

Britain's arrest of Rwandan spy chief General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake on charges of crimes against humanity was either an unavoidable European treaty obligation, a massive bureaucr...

A nation in waiting

Post-election euphoria is turning to impatience as Nigeria waits for its new President to form a government and announce its policies. In fact, President Muhammadu Buhari has spent...

Save the children

New visa regulations for children travelling to South Africa have been criticised as 'economic sabotage' by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tourism contributes ...

Facing sanctions

Momentum is building in Europe for sanctions over human rights abuses in Swaziland. European Union member states voted on 21 May for a resolution urging their leaders to reconsider...

Drawing the battle lines

Museveni is making sure of electoral victory in 2016, but more and more rivals and defectors are chipping away at his support

Speaking on YouTube on 15 June, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi declared his intention to secure the governing National Resistance Movement's presidential nomination, in place of Presid...

Desert war, Bamako rumbles

Shaky peace negotiations in the north and growing Wahabii influence in the south suggest the government is increasingly out its depth

Prosecuting the prosecutor

Some corruption cases could be dropped if the government succeeds in sacking its chief prosecutor Mutembo Nchito

Money worries

Deepening financial problems in the African National Congress could hamper its campaigning for next year’s local elections

Impeaching number one

Accident prone President Rajaonarimampianina’s problems may see ex-President Ravolamanana return to centre-stage

Hair shirts of the Atlantic

After 40 years of Independence and political change, the government is continuing the revolutionary tradition of low pay for its leaders

How far to push Guebuza

Probes into the outgoing government's spending target Guebuza's allies and raise questions about the IMF’s standards of scrutiny