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  • 30th November 2017

Coups against constitutions

Blue Lines

African and Western ambivalence about military interventions in politics were drawn into sharp focus this week by arguments over whether Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe had been ousted by a coup and a revival of claims that France had backed a coup against Thoma...

  • 27th November 2017

ZIMBABWE: President Mnangagwa to appoint new cabinet ahead of key ZANU-PF congress due on 12 December

Patrick Smith

We start in Harare where Zimbabweans wait for news about the people and policies of their new government. Their southern neighbour, South Africa, is being assailed by more bad economic news alongside deepening ructions in the governing party. Kenya's Pres...

  • 22nd November 2017

ZIMBABWE: Robert Mugabe's long goodbye

Patrick Smith

We start in Harare where President Robert Mugabe's exit and the takeover by Emmerson Mnangagwa are dominating the news across the continent. It is particularly important for politics and business in neighbouring South Africa. As political violence intensi...

  • 16th November 2017

A blow against personal rule

Blue Lines

The end of President Robert Mugabe's reign in Zimbabwe – whatever else it presages – sends a clear message to other power families in the region. As Southern Africans were musing over the fin de règne in Zimbabwe, the new President in Angola, João Lourenç...

  • 7th November 2017

LIBERIA: Supreme Court puts election on hold and tells electoral commission to fix registration lists and vote-tallying

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a Kenya-style election-on-hold in Liberia and the sacking of one of President Mugabe's oldest lieutenants for disloyalty in Zimbabwe. In South Africa, Jacob Zuma's spies have reverted to apartheid-regime tactics to ban a critical b...

  • 2nd November 2017

Democrats step up the struggle

Blue Lines

Are democrats getting stronger or weaker in Africa? That depends on where you're sitting. In Tanzania, where President John Magufuli's government arrested Zitto Kabwe, the outspoken oppositionist, on 31 October, political freedoms are under siege. Kabwe's...

  • 31st October 2017

IMF: Ballooning public debt and political risk cloud Africa's economic prospects

Patrick Smith

We start with a set of dour forecasts from the IMF sounding alarms about debt and political turmoil. On cue is the latest round of ructions coming out of Liberia's and Kenya's national elections. Up in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari is stepping up acti...

  • 24th October 2017

KENYA: Kenyatta steams ahead with 26 October vote in face of disarray in electoral commission and boycotts

Patrick Smith

All eyes are on Kenya's political dispute and the re-run of the presidential election which looks to be going ahead on Thursday (26 October). By contrast, the second round of the Liberian election due on 7 November should be a quieter affair. South Africa...

  • 19th October 2017

China's global reach

Blue Lines

In terms of its economic impact and geo-political weight, the Congress of China's Communist Party this week matters more for Africa than a presidential election in the United States. Already regarded as the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping...

  • 10th October 2017

KENYA: Political chasm widens with calls for Kenyatta to be sworn in after Odinga announces boycott of fresh presidential elections

Patrick Smith

This week, the breaking news comes from Kenya with opposition leader Raila Odinga's withdrawal from planned fresh elections. The constitutional mess there contrasts tellingly with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's elegant exit from power in Liberia as com...

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