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  • 30th May 2019

Stand-off in Sudan

Blue Lines

Although the first two days of the general strike in Sudan designed to pressure the ruling generals to hand power to civilians have had mixed results, there is no prospect of the protesters giving up. The mass sit-in around the Defence Headquarters in Kha...

  • 27th May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: A double reshuffle for Ramaphosa this week - in the cabinet and the state power company

Patrick Smith

This week the focus is on Pretoria on the next moves for the newly-inaugurated President Cyril Ramaphosa and then to Malawi where the courts have given President Mutharikaelection victory. Moscow has been hosting Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the veteran leader o...

  • 21st May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: The politics of graft is centre-stage with ex-President Zuma back in court as chief of new anti-corruption force is appointed

Patrick Smith

We start in Pretoria where newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to announce his cabinet but to the north, the forex crisis in Zimbabweis getting worse. Incumbent President Peter Mutharika is facing the fight of his life in Malawi's elections and...

  • 16th May 2019

Nigeria's chief financial juggler rides again

Blue Lines

On what criteria is Godwin Emefiele, the mild-mannered governor of Nigeria's central bank, about to be given a second term in the job? Although Emefiele is in President Muhammadu Buhari's government, which is meant to be fighting corruption, he has little...

  • 14th May 2019

The week ahead in Africa: South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Togo, Zambia

Patrick Smith

We start with the aftermath of last week's elections in South Africa and then to neighbouring Angola where the relatively new head of the state oil company has been sacked. In Nigeria there are ambiguous signs about the government's willingness to crack d...

  • 7th May 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: Voters to judge Ramaphosa's credibility on jobs, anti-graft and curbing inequality

Patrick Smith

This week, South Africa prepares for landmark elections on 8 May and Sudan edges towards a power-sharing transitional government. There is another alert in Tanzania after a critic of the President goes missing and another delay in the plans for a national...

  • 2nd May 2019

El Sisi's authoritarian vanguard

Blue Lines

Protestors on the streets of Khartoum have taken up a new slogan: 'Victory or Egypt'. For them it's personal. Sudanese activists resented the collaboration between the two countries' elites. Both the current head of the junta, Lieutenant General Abdel Fat...

  • 29th April 2019

SUDAN: Oppositionists and junta discuss civilian seats in new government

Patrick Smith

This week the negotiations between the ruling generals and their opponents in the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change continue in Khartoum while in South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa steps up campaigning a week before the national electio...

  • 23rd April 2019

SUDAN: The Freedom and Change movement doubles down on protests for civilian-led transitional government

Patrick Smith

This week, we start in Sudan where the opposition is escalating its protests and then to Uganda where the age limit for presidents has been removed to allow President Museveni to fight yet another election. In West Africa, President Keïta is under growing...

  • 18th April 2019

Sudan: Beshir in Kobar gaol

Blue Lines

It was the final act in the tortuous decline of Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir's regime: his transfer from a secure suite in the presidential palace to solitary confinement in Kobar prison. The message from his military successors is clear. They cannot hold ...

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