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Paris clashes with Moscow

The country is fast becoming a locus for confrontation between Russia and France as the UN mission’s mandate expires

Because of Russian disagreement, the mandate of the UN's Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic was not renewed in November. Russia had o...


Militias flex their muscles

Violence is escalating in the east, as UN leaders come under fire for not engaging with neighbouring countries responsible for it

With elections right around the corner, armed groups in the east are ramping up their attacks on government forces and United Nations peacekeepers. Meanwhile, a split in the opposi...


Moscow abhors a vacuum

France's failures in CAR opened the door to Russia. Now, Paris wants to win back a central role, but the government is hostile and the Kremlin has plans

The visit of the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to Bangui at the beginning of November was supposed to signal Paris's decisive re-engagement with its former territory...


Biya’s hollow victory

The country is not safer, more stable or any clearer about the succession despite an apparently decisive election victory

Few were surprised when President Paul Biya, 85, defeated his two main challengers – Maurice Kamto from the Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) and Cabral Libii N...


Limbo after ghost elections

As the ruling party prepares to claim a landslide victory, the country’s regional and linguistic divides are getting out of control

The national elections on 7 October could be the worst yet in Cameroon and will further weaken President Paul Biya's claim to legitimacy. But Biya's Rassemblement démocratiq...


Hanging on a click factor

Opposition parties question the reliability of the new voting machines as leading presidential candidates are barred

With barely 10 weeks until presidential, legislative and provincial polls, Congo-Kinshasa's political class and electoral commission (the Commission électorale nationale ind...


Biya's no-change election

In the midst of jihadist violence and a separatist insurgency, Africa’s oldest leader stands for a seventh term

The country's 6.5 million registered voters have a chance to end 36 years of President Paul Biya's rule at the presidential polls on 7 October but the odds are against any of the o...


One province’s perilous poll

Kasaï Central is scarred by famine, militia, cult and government violence, none of which is likely to ease before elections take place

Until the Kamuina Nsapu revolt erupted two years ago, the province of Kasaï Central had been peaceful. All that changed when the Kamuina Nsapu militia, led by a would-be tradi...


Kabila names his dauphin

The President finally named a successor at the eleventh hour and ended the third-term controversy. Storms still lie ahead

The drama over who will be allowed to run in the presidential elections due in December has dragged the political system to the brink as growing armed conflict increase instability...


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