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  • 11th October 2016

UNITED NATIONS: Tackling migration will be top priority for Guterres after he wins Secretary General job

Patrick Smith

This week we start on the international scene with the election of a new Secretary General of the United Nations and a report from the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington DC. In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Hail...

  • 6th October 2016

Doubts on the data

Blue Lines

Over the past month, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and McKinsey Consulting have finally junked their message of an economically rising Africa. The IMF cuts its 2017 forecast for Nigeria and South Africa to 0.6% and 0.8% respectively, the...

  • 4th October 2016

CONGO-KINSHASA/UNITED STATES: Och-Ziff corruption case drags in President Kabila's political and business allies

Patrick Smith

This week, there could be more political fall-out from the Och-Ziff corruption case in the United States and Africa. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's Independence day speech in Abuja will trigger more financial negotiations. France is leading calls f...

  • 22nd September 2016

Kinshasa on the brink

Blue Lines

This week President Joseph Kabila's bid to hang on to power in Congo-Kinshasa has finally triggered the violent clashes that opposition parties had long predicted. At least 44 people are reported by Human Rights Watch to have been killed after police trie...

  • 13th September 2016

MOZAMBIQUE: Nyusi in the USA for tough meetings with IMF and investors

Patrick Smith

This week Mozambique's President arrives in the United States to placate creditors and woo investors while South Africa's opposition parties start to audit the African National Congress's management of local government finance. Public sector workers in Zi...

  • 8th September 2016

Nigeria: what price Fund finance?

Blue Lines

Reports that Nigeria's economy shrank by 2% in the second quarter of the year and is officially in recession – its worst performance for 25 years – has fuelled speculation about negotiations between the government and the International Monetary Fund. Unti...

  • 25th August 2016

Zuma emboldened

Blue Lines

Predictions that President Jacob Zuma will redouble efforts to regain control over policy and patronage after the African National Congress's losses in the municipal elections (see Feature, Zuma carries on regardless) are fast proving accurate. On 22 Augu...

  • 24th August 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: In the cities, ANC starts a new life in opposition

Patrick Smith

This week elections dominate our list of things to watch: the recent past, in the case of South Africa, where the ANC comes to terms with its loss of power in the big cities; the present, in Ghana, where the governing National Democratic Congress has just...

  • 17th August 2016

ZAMBIA: Lungu wins by a whisker as opposition cries foul

Patrick Smith

This week we consider the recent elections in Zambia and South Africa and a new opposition alliance in Ethiopia, while President Salva Kiir changes his mind again about the prospect of more foreign troops to keep the peace in South Sudan. ZAMBIA: Lungu w...

  • 10th August 2016

ZAMBIA: Presidential candidates trade claims on violence and vote-rigging as gap narrows in 11 August elections

Patrick Smith

This week we have important election stories – before and after – in Zambia, South Africa and Congo-Kinshasa. And there are new international efforts to get the two sides in South Sudan to implement their peace agreement ,while Nigeria's finance officials...

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