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Published 24th June 2005

Vol 46 No 13

South Africa

A trial for the ANC

After his sacking, Jacob Zuma faces criminal charges; his party faces a lengthy political battle

The elevation of Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to the deputy presidency on 22 June is an astute if provocative move by President Thabo Mbeki. Mlambo-Ngcuka, 49, is widely regarded as one of the most effective ministers, having secured the mining industry's agreement on tough black empowerment provisions and started the liberalisation of South Africa's energy market. She will leave the Energy Ministry as the 'Oilgate' scandal continues to unfold. The allegations involve one of the country's largest parastatals, PetroSA, and African National Congress funding; as the minister responsible for PetroSA, Mlambo-Ngcuka could still face awkward questions.

A province says no

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In Western Cape, the ANC didn't dance to the national leadership's tune

National leaders of the governing African National Congress, including President Thabo Mbeki's ally Zola Skweyiya, the Minister for Social Development, publicly supported Ebrahim R...

Revolution day

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Planned protests against postponing the elections test the regime's will

Militant supporters of veteran oppositionist Étienne Tshisekedi wa Malumba want to turn Independence Day on 30 June into Revolution Day. Their cause: outright opposition to ...

Diverted flight

After more delays and disputes, some of the would-be government heads home

When the new Transitional Federal Government (TFG) made its grand departure from Nairobi, representatives of the international community lined up to wish President Abdullahi Yusuf ...

Under new management

The local government elections bring change and hope for a calmer future

Burundi's politics have been transformed by the local government elections on 3 June. Firstly, they passed off peacefully, except in five communes of Bujumbura Rural Province, wher...

The clans line up

The idea of the Transitional Federal Government was to share senior appointments proportionally: four for the big clans (Darod, Rahenweyn, Dir, Hawiye) and one-half for others, suc...

The brightness is fading

The election campaign turns vicious as prosperity comes under threat

The model Indian Ocean economy is faltering and opposition leader Navin Ramgoolam looks well placed to topple Prime Minister Paul Bérenger at the general elections on 3 July...


A matter of graft

The World Bank has postponed indefinitely a donors' meeting on Sierra Leone, which had initially been scheduled for 6 June, as concern grows about high-level corruption in Presiden...

Post-election massacre

The power struggle has worsened in the ruling party following the surprise success of opposition parties in May's elections (AC Vol 46 No 11). Hardliners in the Ethiopian People's ...

More ships ahoy!

A week after being left off the Group of Eight finance ministers' list of African states eligible for debt relief on 11 June, President Mwai Kibaki's government has unblocked payme...

Yala the spoiler

In the second round of the presidential elections due on 17 or 24 July, Malam Bacai Sanha of the ruling Partido Africano da Independência de Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC)...