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  • 6th January 2017

A year of transitions

Blue Lines

Good, bad, ugly or interminable political transitions will loom large in 2017. The theme of transition will dominate the first two editions of Africa Confidential, which carry a set of economic and political forecasts for countries facing major changes th...

  • 4th January 2017

The year ahead

Patrick Smith

People across the world, bar journalists, seem to want to live in less interesting times after the political conflagrations and shifting geopolitics of last year. There is no sign that this wish will be granted, even in Africa. The preoccupations of the ...

  • 19th December 2016

GUINEA: Israeli police put Beny Steinmetz under house arrest

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Israel with the news that police have put mining magnate Beny Steinmetz under house arrest in connection with a probe into contracts for Guinea's gargantuan Simandou iron ore deposit. In Kinshasa tensions rise with the deadline for P...

  • 15th December 2016

See you in court

Blue Lines

After a year of credible elections in Ghana and South Africa but rigged ones in Uganda, Gabon and Zambia, together with a raft of political and corporate corruption scandals, there will be a new focus on judicial systems. It was the independence of court ...

  • 12th December 2016

GHANA: Jobs for youth are top priority says victorious Akufo-Addo

Patrick Smith

We start in Ghana where last week's well-run elections brought Nana Akufo-Addo the presidency and an orderly transition is under way. Much less orderly is Gambia where Yahya Jammeh has changed his mind about accepting electoral defeat and has triggered a ...

  • 5th December 2016

GHANA: Peace pact signed ahead of polling day as opinion polls send mixed messages

Patrick Smith

This week we hit the election trail: first to Ghana where over 15 million citizens are due to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday (7 December), and then to Gambia for the aftermath of the shock election defeat of President Yahya ...

  • 1st December 2016

Fidel's African legacy

Blue Lines

The funeral of Fidel Castro on 4 December is stirring up fiercely partisan reactions. But in Africa there is almost universal praise for the Cuban leader, especially his support for anti-colonial struggles and his despatch of some 50,000 doctors across th...

  • 28th November 2016

NIGERIA: After a divisive campaign, governing party candidate wins in Ondo State

Patrick Smith

This week we start with Nigeria's governorship elections and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma facing yet another vote of confidence. Elections in Gambia and Somalia are also due conclude this week as the United States signals greater interest in milita...

  • 21st November 2016

NIGERIA: Oil and inflation up and politics wobbling

Patrick Smith

We start in Nigeria where the central bank is holding critical meetings on interest rates and foreign exchange policy. After its budget last week, Zambian officials continue talks with the International Monetary Fund and political tensions rise in neighbo...

  • 17th November 2016

Cash calls

Blue Lines

African treasuries, cash-strapped after the commodity price crash, are trying to recoup their losses by launching law suits against multinational companies. The most sensational is a court ruling in Chad on 5 October that a consortium led by Exxon Mobil s...

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