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  • 31st May 2018

Zimbabwe's high hopes for a free choice

Blue Lines

The one unsurprising thing about Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections is the date: they are now set for 30 July with a rerun on 8 September if no candidate clears 50% in the first round of the presidential poll. Few want to see a second rou...

  • 22nd May 2018

NIGERIA: Fissures open up in the ruling party as it prepares to choose its presidential candidate

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Nigeria where politicians of all parties are jockeying for position ahead of next year's elections. Ghana's former President John Mahama announces he wants to stand again in 2020 and Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. I...

  • 17th May 2018

Washington's new man in Africa

Blue Lines

Retired Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy has finally emerged as the choice for Assistant Secretary of African Affairs 475 days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as United States President. Nagy, a Trump loyalist, now has to win approval in Congress, where his na...

  • 9th May 2018

ZIMBABWE: On European tour, presidential contender Chamisa calls for mass mobilisation to ensure credible elections

Patrick Smith

We start with the Zimbabwe opposition's roadshow in Europe, which is likely to be followed by as a more discrete visit to London by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to see his doctor. Tunisia's leading Islamist party Ennahda has scored a win in local ...

  • 3rd May 2018

BOLLORE'S TROUBLES AND FRANCAFRIQUE

Blue Lines

Just as France's President Emmanuel Macron was enjoying the hospitality of United States' President Donald Trump – both self-styled mavericks – in Washington, investigators in Paris were preparing to charge business titan Vincent Bolloré with corruption o...

  • 30th April 2018

NIGERIA/UNITED STATES: Islamic State threat and business likely to top agenda of Trump-Buhari summit

Patrick Smith

We start in Washington with a West African theme – on the summit meeting of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and United States President Donald Trump. Security will dominate those talks, as it does relations between Washington and Niger where a new US...

  • 24th April 2018

ZIMBABWE: Mnangagwa government plans to float bond after stops in USA and Europe on the roadshow

Patrick Smith

This week, Southern Africa is making all the running. We start with Zimbabwe where new President Emmerson Mnangagwa's economic ambassadors are stepping up the  charm offensive on investors. Another newish President, João Lourenço of Angola is consolidatin...

  • 19th April 2018

Critics targeted in Maputo

Blue Lines

Mozambican journalist and lawyer Ericino de Salema was kidnapped in broad daylight in the capital Maputo on 27 March, beaten unconscious and abandoned by the roadside with severely fractured limbs. Salema's abduction bore similarities to the kidnapping in...

  • 10th April 2018

NIGERIA: After a mini-national tour and exhortations from his loyalists, President Buhari seeks second term

Patrick Smith

The news agenda this week starts with President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement that he will seek a second term in Nigeria's elections next year but the outlook remains extremely uncertain. Ethiopia's feted new Prime Minister is on the road in the Ogaden ...

  • 5th April 2018

Furore over Ghana's US military deal

Blue Lines

A defence agreement between the New Patriotic Party government and the United States has outraged some nationalists and boosted the opposition National Democratic Congress.The deal gives the US rights to a camp for 200 temporary personnel, free use of rad...

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