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Conflict over conflict minerals

Arguments grow over whether measures to ensure mineral exports are conflict-free need strengthening or are damaging local society

An open letter from a group of 70 academics and specialists in Congo and the Great Lakes region has claimed that legislation and other measures to control conflict minerals are not...


Kabila for ever

The President wants the constitution changed to allow him to stay in power after 2016 but opposition is mounting

Faced with fierce opposition to amending the constitution so that he can run for a third term, President Joseph Kabila is pushing for a new one. He has assigned the task of draftin...


Reshaping the army

President Kabila is restructuring the army and putting his loyalists in command. It is a sign he means to stay on, come what may

A sweeping restructuring of the army command is the strongest sign yet that President Joseph Kabila Kabange plans to ignore the constitution and seek re-election for a third term i...


Poor prospects ahead

The IMF predicts 6% growth but poverty still rises. Sassou has high hopes for Special Economic Zones as the end of oil looms

Between the lines, the International Monetary Fund's latest analysis of Congo-Brazzaville's economy reveals a meagre record of economic achievements for the decades of rule by Pres...


Bickering over Boko Haram

The political class falls out over the Islamists while the military claims a 'stinging setback' against them

On 4 September, President Paul Biya returned from his customary holiday at Geneva's Intercontinental Hotel to find ruling party politicians accusing each other of being in league w...


Electioneering begins

Tension between the government and opposition is already mounting before the presidential election in 2016

The 2016 presidential election campaign has already begun in Libreville. President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba is trying to explain away his government's glacial progress in fighting cor...


Disagreements over dialogue

President Obiang says he wants to open up politics to the opposition but most parties are setting conditions for taking part

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo announced on 29 August his plans to hold a dialogue with members of the opposition but they are highly sceptical that it will lead to any pr...


Ransom claims dog Biya

More reports say Yaoundé is negotiating with Boko Haram, as a prominent MP reports on the condition of the hostages

The government sent a ruling party MP, Abba Boukar Malla, to negotiate with the jihadist militia Boko Haram for ransoms for the hostages they seized in a raid on Kolofata village o...


Allies lose faith

Friends abroad worry increasingly about the probity and effectiveness of the interim government but wonder what to do

Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza's surprise choice of Mahamat Kamoun as the new Prime Minister, along with a cabinet of 31, has dismayed Central African Republic's internati...


Biya's answer to Boko Haram

The military's reorganisation to cope with the jihadist threat leaves unanswered the charge that the country is a soft touch for kidnappers

As further details emerge about Boko Haram's 27 July attempt to capture Amadou Ali, one of President Paul Biya's top ministers and confidants, questions remain about the adequacy o...


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