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  • 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...

  • 28th June 2018

Deadly politics in the Middle Belt

Blue Lines

As the ruling All Progressives' Congress held an exuberant convention in Abuja's Eagle Square on 23-24 June plotting victory in next year's elections, a few hundred miles to the north-east some 200 people were being slaughtered in clashes between farmers ...

  • 26th June 2018

SIERRA LEONE: Incoming government uncovers massive fraud under Koroma's rule

Patrick Smith

This week, we wanted to let you know about another exclusive Africa Confidential report – this time on a devastating report on corruption and fraud in Sierra Leone over the past eight years. We also want to flag up upcoming coverage of the two assassinati...

  • 19th June 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Questions are asked about the goals of President Ramaphosa's purge of security agencies

Patrick Smith

We start in South Africa where President Ramaphosa's motives in reforming the security sector are being questioned, and then to Uganda where a big budget increase laying the ground for oil infrastructure includes a controversial proposal to tax social med...

  • 14th June 2018

Kabila silent on Congo's choices

Blue Lines

How seriously to take the 12 June statement by Bruno Tshibala, Congo-Kinshasa's Prime Minister, that President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third term in elections due in December? Such announcements might deflect foreign pressure on Kabila to leave powe...

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