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  • 14th August 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Fillip for anti-corruption drive as Ramaphosa chooses new chief public prosecutor after court sacks Zuma's ally

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Johannesburg with the Constitutional Court order to dismiss the top prosecutor and then to Harare where Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is considering the opposition's petition against last month's presidential election. Then, to Mal...

  • 9th August 2018

Opposition challenges Mnangagwa's victory lap

Blue Lines

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sending out invitations to his inauguration on 12 August. That shows how much confidence he has that the judges of the Constitutional Court will throw out a challenge to the results which gave him 50.8% of the votes, avoiding a run-o...

  • 7th August 2018

NIGERIA: Vice-President Osinbajo sacks spy chief after security officers blockade parliament and the ruling party's crisis deepens

Patrick Smith

This week, the action starts in Abuja where the ruling party is splitting at the seams, and then to Harare where its counterpart is celebrating an election victory no one else believes in. In Accra, President Akufo-Addo has just sacked his energy minister...

  • 31st July 2018

ZIMBABWE: Both sides claim victory in elections after Mugabe attacks Mnangagwa and endorses oppositionist Chamisa

Patrick Smith

This week, it's votes galore – national elections in Zimbabwe and Mali, and a constitutional referendum in the Comoros. All of them are high-stakes votes whose effects will reverberate beyond national boundaries. And as the debt crisis deepens in Zambia, ...

  • 26th July 2018

Anglophone revolt threatens Biya's seventh presidential bid

Blue Lines

It is the conflict that gets conveniently buried, by the African Union, by its neighbour Nigeria and by the UN. Yet the deepening rebellion in western Cameroon against President Paul Biya's regime could explode his bid, announced last week, for a seventh ...

  • 24th July 2018

ZIMBABWE: Fresh row over voting rules as opinion polls point to tightening race

Patrick Smith

This week, Zimbabwe's elections due on 30 July top the political agenda, while business groups consider the commercial implications of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reforms in Ethiopia. There was high drama in the Nigerian capital this morning (24 July) whi...

  • 16th July 2018

ERITREA/ETHIOPIA: President Issayas's historic visit to Addis Ababa leaves some tough questions about the pace of rapprochement

Patrick Smith

More dramatic developments in Ethiopia this week, with the arrival of Eritrea's President Issayas in Addis Ababa. Kayode Fayemi's victory in the Ekiti State governorship election boosts the Buhari government and is a blow to opposition plans. Despite the ...

  • 12th July 2018

Two views of free trade

Blue Lines

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's call on Nigeria to speed up consultations on joining the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) reminded officials of the complexity of economic integration, at a time when the United States has launched a tr...

  • 11th July 2018

CONGO-KINSHASA: President Kabila snubs US envoy Nikki Haley and UN chief over elections as churches plan protests for next month

Patrick Smith

We start in Kinshasa with the cancellation two high-level meetings and what this tells us about President Joseph Kabila's political plans. Then to Asmara for a breakthrough meeting between Eritrean President Issayas Aferwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister...

  • 3rd July 2018

AFRICAN UNION: Security and corruption top agenda of sparsely-attended summit in Nouakchott

Patrick Smith

We start this week in the Mauritanian capital, which has been hosting an African Union summit tasked with a tough agenda on regional security. The meeting crafted a compromise on Morocco and Western Sahara. Meanwhile, in Beijing, the Ministry of Defence h...

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