We start in Addis Ababa this week with the opening of a
critical summit of the African Union. Then to Monrovia for the
carnival-like inauguration of President George Weah. After that we go to the
European courtrooms for the latest episode in Nigeria's
In politics as in economics, 2018 will be the year of the
variable-speed Africa, as our special survey of the year ahead makes
clear. Sometimes, the sharp differences are between regions:
high-growth economies in Ethiopia,
Tanzania and Kenya in the east
The New Year begins with a wave of change in Southern Africa. The new leaders in South Africa and Zimbabwe are under pressure to turn around their countries' weakening economies, but they have also inherited a morass of political and legal problems. At le...
This week we concentrate on two important changes of leadership in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as their implications for the region. We would also like to take this opportunity to send you our best wishes for 2018 and to let you know that our corre...
After this year’s cliff-hangers in Kenya,
South Africa and Zimbabwe, some may have expected a
brief respite from political drama in 2018. No chance. At least eight
countries are due to hold national elections next year.
The most strongly contested electi...
This week we start with the frenzied preparations for
leadership elections which could change the shape of South
Africa's politics – whoever wins. We have further reports from Kenya, Congo-Kinshasa and Zimbabwe.
SOUTH AFRICA: Race tightens in the ANC's '...
We start in Harare where the new cabinet and its policies are coming under scrutiny. To the south, the contest for the leadership of the African National Congress is heating up with Cyril Ramaphosa in the lead, for now. And in Nigeria, veteran politician ...
African and Western ambivalence about military interventions in
politics were drawn into sharp focus this week by arguments over
whether Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe had been ousted by a
coup and a revival of claims that France had backed a coup against Thoma...
We start in Harare where Zimbabweans wait for news about the people and policies of their new government. Their southern neighbour, South Africa, is being assailed by more bad economic news alongside deepening ructions in the governing party. Kenya's Pres...
We start in Harare where President Robert Mugabe's exit and the takeover by Emmerson Mnangagwa are dominating the news across the continent. It is particularly important for politics and business in neighbouring South Africa. As political violence intensi...