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  • 19th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: President Ramaphosa mulls new cabinet and a new budget

Patrick Smith

We start in South Africa as the country comes to terms with last week's upheavals and looks forward to a new cabinet and a budget on Wednesday (21 February). Its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, has been in mourning after the death of opposition leader Morga...

  • 13th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma chooses the messiest exit after marathon executive committee meeting

Patrick Smith

This week we start, inevitably, in South Africa with the latest scenes from the seemingly unending drama of President Jacob Zuma's departure. Then to Nigeria where the government is belatedly acknowledging calls for sweeping constitutional changes. In Tan...

  • 8th February 2018

Kenya's authoritarian drift

Blue Lines

It took Chief Justice David Maraga to give a constitutional perspective to the political ructions in Kenya over the last week. The government has ignored court orders to lift its closure of four television stations that broadcast Raila Odinga's theatrical...

  • 29th January 2018

AFRICAN UNION: Summiteers in Addis try to manage a military scramble in the Horn and the Sahel amid fresh reform efforts

Patrick Smith

We start this week in Addis Ababa where the African Union is faced with a slew of tough decisions on security and restructuring its management. And then to Nigeria where former President Olusegun Obasanjo's open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari has sh...

  • 25th January 2018

Obasanjo's counsel

Blue Lines

For the past four decades there has been a recurring motif in Nigerian politics. A new government takes power on the crest of popular approval but soon falls short of expectations. The sequence started with Shehu Shagari's National Party of Nigeria gover...

  • 22nd January 2018

AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT: Trade, war, elections, and financing make for an agenda full to bursting point

Patrick Smith

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 pur...

  • 11th January 2018

Multi-speed Africa in 2018

Blue Lines

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 c...

  • 2nd January 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: New ANC leader Ramaphosa treads carefully as pressure mounts for him to take over the national presidency

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 19th December 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa tries to unify and reform the ANC after beating Dlamini-Zuma in race for the party leadership

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 14th December 2017

Stand by for election fever

Blue Lines

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...

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