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The defenestration of Mujuru

The campaign against the Vice-President comes from the top but it leaves the succession issue no clearer than before

Although Joice Mujuru is still nominally the country's only Vice-President as well as Second Secretary of the governing Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, she is under unremitting pressure to resign both positions before the party's National Congress which begins on 1 December. However, a defeat for the Mujuru faction does not of itself guarantee victory for her rival, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. Sensing President Robert Mugabe's predilection for and ability to spring surprises, other hopefuls have begun to pop up.

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President Goodluck Jonathan during his declaration speech In Abuja.

NIGERIA

After the bombing, Jonathan declares

Despite security and economic crises, Jonathan wins his party’s support for a second term while the opposition faces a leadership contest

The candidate's declaration speech is, by tradition, a key moment in the theatre of Nigerian politics. President Goodluck Jonathan's rally in Abuja on 11 November to announce that ...

NIGERIA

Policies, what policies?

The received wisdom on Nigeria's elections is that they are all about money and mobilisation. Despite sheaves of glossy manifestos rolling off the presses, acres of newsprint devot...

NAMIBIA

Geingob for a shoo-in

Everything is going SWAPO’s way for a decisive victory in the elections on 28 November

Other countries may be tiring of one-party states founded by leaders of anti-colonial armed movements but not, it seems, Namibia. The SWAPO Party – formerly the South West Af...

MOZAMBIQUE

Kingpin kidnap chaos

The abduction of an alleged drugs baron in Maputo embarrasses the new President and highlights the strength of organised crime in the country

President Filipe Nyusi surely hoped that such a problem would not come up so early in his new job. On 18 November, one of the most notorious and wealthiest donors to the governing ...

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Diamonds fund rebels

A UN report that illicit diamonds are financing rebels has dashed the government’s hopes that the ban on exports will be lifted

Diamonds are a vital export for Central African Republic but the main beneficiaries recently are rebels linked either to Anti-Balaka groups or to the Séléka coalition...

EUROPEAN UNION | AFRICA

Rules of commercial engagement

After twelve years of wrangling, the EU finally concludes bilateral trade treaties with 44 Sub-Saharan countries

The European Union – the continent's biggest trading partner – has now signed up most sub-Saharan African countries to bilateral or regional Economic Partnership Agreem...

EUROPEAN UNION | AFRICA

Peasants against the pacts

West African small farmers' organisations oppose the European Union's Economic Partnership Agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). The Ouagadougou-ba...

SOUTH AFRICA

Gloom settles on economy

The aims of public spending cuts and structural change to improve growth sit ill with the pressure in the cabinet for radical policies

Six months into President Jacob Zuma's last term of office, the economic forecasts are worsening. The governing African National Congress is suffering from strategic splits in its ...

UGANDA | CHINA

Loans for oil

Multibillion dollar Chinese loans less than two years before the elections raise commercial and political questions

China has for some time been a leading lender to Uganda but loans have accelerated this year since the government promised to pay for Chinese-built infrastructure from future oil r...

SOUTH AFRICA

Hard times for the revenue service

Once a model of fiscal probity, SARS is proving as troubled as many other state institutions by factionalism, intrigue and political interference

The South African Revenue Service was one of the most effective state agencies of the post-apartheid era. Often held up as a model tax organisation for developing countries under t...

GHANA

Oil price down, debts up

Movement on a deal between the government and the IMF is slowing as concern grows over ballooning debts

Hopes that the government would agree a three-year programme worth US$1 billion with the International Monetary Fund this month have been thwarted by worries over debt, deficits an...

EGYPT

Shoukry gets stuck in

While President Abdel Fatah el Sisi and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces handle substantial foreign affairs matters, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is usually left with litt...

ZAMBIA

Queen-maker Scott

All previous calculations have been upset by the late President Michael Sata's widow, Christine Kaseba-Sata, announcing on 19 November that she will seek the Patriotic Front's nomi...

TUNISIA

Slim pickings

Slim Riahi, a 42-year-old Bizerta-born businessman with British and Tunisian citizenship, is pitting himself against political heavyweight Béji Caïd Essebsi of Nidaa To...

KENYA | BRITAIN

Bribery trial

Three staff and one agent of a British company which printed ballot papers for several African elections are on trial in London accused of corruptly obtaining contracts in Kenya, G...

ZAMBIA

Foreign boost for opposition

Dignitaries and South African businessmen are trying to unite the opposition against the Patriotic Front

A group of influential outsiders is struggling to galvanise the fractious opposition to beat the late Michael Sata's party in the presidential by-election due in January, Africa Co...

El Sadig el Sideeg el Mahdi. Photo: Gill Lusk

SUDAN

Security leaks and party splits

As more security documents are smuggled out, oppositionists see sharpening rivalries within the ruling party

Jubilant opposition groups say the emergence of more leaked security documents points to the deepening factionalism at the heart of the National Congress Party regime. Documents la...

ZIMBABWE

MDC can't exploit ZANU-PF splits

Although ZANU-PF’s internal strife is playing out under the spotlight, the main opposition cannot seem to profit

BURKINA FASO

Pressure mounts on Zida

The public is unhappy with Compaoré’s replacement by one of his Praetorians and many fear for the fate of their revolution

ZIMBABWE

Party strife draws in white businesses

Everyone – without exception – has to pick a side

BURKINA FASO

The warning from Ouagadougou

The overthrow of Blaise Compaoré sends a powerful message from the street to other leaders planning to extend their rule

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OUAGADOUGOU: Stall selling stickers of politicians Blaise Compaoré, JJ Rawlings and Thomas Sankara, and the band Black So Man. Crispin Hughes / Panos

WEST AFRICA

Firefighters against an inferno

Popular anger at unemployment, political corruption and crony capitalism is now targeting governments across the region

ZAMBIA

Fights before the funeral

The infighting began as soon as Michael Sata died and Guy Scott is trying to hold the ring between the different factions

MOZAMBIQUE

Nyusi's rocky road

The new President faces a stronger opposition and resentment over Frelimo’s electoral fraud that could well persist

BOTSWANA

BDP squeaks back in

Despite a hint of dirty tricks the ruling party won the election fairly, yet with a reduced majority

WEST AFRICA

Stepping up the fight against Ebola

The overall picture is improving in rural areas but the epidemic could be worsening in the cities

KENYA

An executive not executing

Alarm grows over the government’s failure to deliver and to get organised amidst ever more visible signs of cronyism

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