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  • 14th November 2018

CONGO-KINSHASA: Martin Fayulu enjoys a brief triumph as presidential candidate on a unity ticket before the opposition coalition splinters

Patrick Smith

We start in Geneva but the real story is in Congo-Kinshasa as the opposition parties argue over who should represent them as presidential candidate in elections next month. It's an action-packed week in South Africa, with one minister resigning and two ot...

  • 8th November 2018

The Shia question in Nigeria

Blue Lines

Apart from the disputed casualty figures – the Nigerian army says six people were killed and Amnesty says more than 45 – the best measure of the seriousness of a security crisis is the deafening silence of mainstream politicians. Few seeking votes ahead o...

  • 5th November 2018

The week ahead: Zimbabwe, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria

Patrick Smith

This week our correspondents have filed from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Nigeria, and you will find their more detailed stories in the main newsletter on the website on Thursday 8 November.ZIMBABWE: As cash crisis deepens and budget cuts loom, government ...

  • 25th October 2018

The Brexit-South African connection

Blue Lines

Few of the estimated 700,000 people who marched through central London last Saturday urging a 'People's Vote' – another referendum – on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union can have been aware of the potential impact on their cause o...

  • 11th October 2018

Game on - Nigeria's elections

Blue Lines

Atiku Abubakar's emergence as Presidential candidate for the biggest party challenging President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria's elections in February guarantees a lively contest for voters but little else. For Atiku, 71, and Buhari, 75, it is a final roll ...

  • 5th October 2018

IMF/WORLD BANK: 'The road ahead is bumpy' - warnings on growth, debt and productivity in Africa

Patrick Smith

Finance ministers and central bank governors are heading to Bali, Indonesia for the annual meetings of the Bretton Woods institutions, where they will consumed by the threats of the expanding trade war, rising public debt and ructions in the international...

  • 27th September 2018

Will Angola probe go right to the top?

Blue Lines

First came the shocking but not wholly surprising news on 24 September that José Filomeno dos Santos, better known as Zenú, son of the former President, José Eduardo dos Santos, was being held in preventive detention in connection with a US$1.5 billion co...

  • 19th September 2018

ZIMBABWE: Mnangagwa announces $500 million in new loans as Britain backs bid for IMF programme and debt deal

Patrick Smith

Debt and finance are the big stories this week in Southern Africa this week as shown by the growing international interest in our reporting on the economic crisis in Zambia (AC Vol 59 No 18, Graft worsens cash squeeze & Bonds, bills and ever bigger debts)...

  • 13th September 2018

Nigeria's Graft Domestic Product

Blue Lines

In time for the start of the election campaign season, Matthew Page of Chatham House has produced a compelling analysis of the 'Taxonomy for Corruption in Nigeria' for the Carnegie Foundation. Page offers a detailed guide to the types and mechanics of cor...

  • 4th September 2018

CHINA/AFRICA: President Xi Jinping wins battle of the suitors with his second pledge of US$60 billion funding package this year

Patrick Smith

We start at the Africa mega-summit in Beijing before moving swiftly onto the contest for Nigeria's presidency next year. In Uganda, opposition to President Yoweri Museveni is growing after two opposition MPs claim they were tortured by state security. And...

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