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The Anglophone spring

Discrimination against English-speakers is rooted in a risky regime complacency about their grievances

Headed by an Anglophone former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, which President Paul Biya order...


Kabila thriving on chaos

The President is manipulating opposition politicians while giving the impression of proceeding towards elections

True to his recent form, President Joseph Kabila has chosen to appoint a long-time former oppositionist as Prime Minister. It is part of his continuing efforts to stay in power and...


Militias change gear as violence surges

Peacekeepers, aid workers and refugees are all at greater threat as the ethnic dimension increases in importance

Aid workers in the north of Central African Republic were in the process of withdrawing their personnel from increasing danger when anti-Balaka guerrillas struck far to the south a...


What Bongo owes

The International Monetary Fund has confirmed the dire state of the Gabonese economy in its Regional Economic Outlook report for sub-Saharan Africa, released on 9 May. Far worse th...


Bongo's fund embrace

Oil can no longer cover up the cracks in the economy. The IMF is being urged to demand an end to the elite's profligacy

Extravagant spending, collapsing oil revenue and a ruling elite that views state funds as its own property have pushed President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba's government into the arms of...


Concealing disappointment

Progress towards peace has slowed sharply in the past year. Donors are being optimistic in the hope their fears won't be realised

Since September 2016, the number of internally displaced persons has increased by more than 100,000, while more than 2.2 million people need food aid for daily survival. Security h...


Peace moves stumble

Séléka feels short-changed and distrust may be reaching the point where armed conflict could start again

The African Union has launched its initiative to mediate between armed groups and the government, and to convince the militia to implement disarmament, demobilisation and reintegra...


An awkward tango for Gertler and Glencore

The trading company and the billionaire shuffle their assets as international investigators scrutinise the winnings

Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and South African commodity trader Ivan Glasenberg, who have done far better than their corporate rivals out of Joseph Kabila's reign in Congo-Kinsh...


Leader's demise imperils deal

Tshisekedi's death has given Kabila new opportunities to stall political agreement while violence worsens in the east

The death in Brussels on 1 February of the historic, charismatic opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 84 is a stark blow to the C...


Professional fouls

Ali Ben Bongo tried to make a festival of the Cup of Nations. But many were still angry about last August's disputed election

Opponents of President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba hesitated over whether to use the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON), the continent's football jamboree held every two years, to kick off fr...


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