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  • 27th August 2020

Adesina heads for second term at AfDB

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Nigeria was taking no chances in its campaign to ensure that its former agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina gets another term as President of the African Development Bank. Adesina is the sole candidate in the AfDB's elections on 27 August; the rules sti...

  • 6th August 2020

New battles at the International Criminal Court

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The future of the International Criminal Court is in question again as it tries to choose a successor to the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The United States, although it has never joined the ICC, stepped up its attacks on the court this year, barring its off...

  • 23rd July 2020

Mass protest on 31 July will test Mnangagwa

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The prospects of the mass protests against grand corruption and economic mismanagement planned for 31 July triggering a popular uprising against Emmerson Mnangagwa's government are slim but not beyond the bounds of possibility. That is why on 20 July poli...

  • 9th July 2020

Mozambique's militants target mega gas project

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In a bid to grab attention amid the global pandemic, the Islamist insurgents in the Cabo Delgado province of northern Mozambique are edging towards the site of the country's planned giant gas export plant, Africa's biggest investment project. The latest a...

  • 25th June 2020

UN to probe racism in US

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After the African caucus at the UN Human Rights council called for a rare urgent debate on human rights in the United States and circulated a draft resolution calling for a high-powered investigation into racism and police violence there, diplomats in Gen...

  • 11th June 2020

Mnangagwa's foreign foes

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An extraordinary letter from James E Risch, chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to World Bank President David Malpass called for the strictest accountability on a $7 million grant to Zimbabwe managed by the UN and the Catholi...

  • 28th May 2020

A vote for the People's Vaccine

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The overwhelming vote, backed by African and European delegations, at the World Health Organisation assembly on 18-20 May for coronavirus vaccines to be classed as global public goods – universally available under pooled patents – boosts organisations suc...

  • 14th May 2020

Credibility-distanced voting

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More than 20 African countries were due to hold elections in 2020. But electioneering is difficult and organising polls fraught with problems against a backdrop of lockdown measures to control the coronavirus pandemic. Ending the lockdown is the only way...

  • 30th April 2020

A coronavirus rights crisis

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Concerns are deepening that authoritarian regimes in Africa are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to crack down on oppositionists and bolster surveillance of dissidents.  Activists are under attack in Uganda, where one of opposition leader Bobi Wine's p...

  • 16th April 2020

Cautious concession from the G-20

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So far, Africa has not seen the death tolls that have become daily reality in Europe and North America, but the scale of the damage to its economies from the coronavirus pandemic is becoming clearer. On 15 April, the International Monetary Fund forecast ...

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