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Sisi in the city

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's appearance in New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly proved a rare diplomatic tour de force for Egypt's government. A...


Wrath rules

Bouts of 'royal anger' are claiming ministerial heads as the king tries to enforce governmental competence and stem social discontent

Another senior minister – one of the most respected members of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Saad Eddine el Othmani's Islamist Parti de la justice et du d&ea...


Putting it to the vote again

All the main opposition groups are set to participate in the legislative, municipal and regional polls set for 1 and 15 September, ending what for many was a lengthy boycott of wha...


Dead in the water

How long can an ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika preside over an Algerian polity cankered by corruption?

Only in Algeria could a surge in calls for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stand for a fifth term in the 2019 presidential election trigger speculation that the 81-year-old raïs'...


The lone general

President Sisi opens his second term by reshuffling the high command again as signs emerge he is planning a new ruling party

When President Abdel Fattah el Sisi was sworn in for a second term on 2 June, a 21-gun salute rang out in front of parliament to mark the occasion. A few days later, in the Supreme...


Trading blocs hit the blocks

Does Morocco really want to join Ecowas? Its application is going nowhere and clashes with other commitments and interests

After scoring a significant coup by rejoining the African Union in January 2017, Rabat's next step in its 'turn to Africa' was to consolidate regional links by joining the Economic...


The Sahara conflict is back

Rabat’s new engagement with sub-Saharan Africa is raising the temperature of its dispute with Polisario

One of Africa's most prominent militant groups gathered thousands of supporters and threatened to storm the Moroccan wall on 10 May. It was not a confrontation between Polisario fo...


Who wants to see a billionaire?

Viewed from the Casablanca commercial courtroom where the bankruptcy and mothballing of his Société Anonyme Marocaine de l'Industrie du Raffinage (Samir) refinery company has been...


Mixed messages

Egypt's main indicators are improving steadily, but this has not translated into better living standards or less repression

In the week after Abdel Fattah el Sisi secured a second term as President in an election without any credible rival candidates, a team from the Ministry of Finance made a series of...


Doubts about unity deal

Elections are planned to fill the power vacuum, but they will have to overcome the poisonous faction-fighting

General Khalifa Haftar's forces control the east, but have not marched on Tripoli and show little sign of doing so. Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister and Presidenc...


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