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After Sall's U-turn, elections likely within two weeks

Pic @Macky_Sall
Pic @Macky_Sall

The top court's rejection of plans to postpone the vote steers the country back to constitutionalism

It took President Macky Sall less than a day to accept the ruling by the Conseil constitutionnel on 15 February that the postponement of the presidential election and the extension of his tenure was illegal.


Fury as Sall's vote delay unleashes mayhem

Pic: @Macky_Sall
Pic: @Macky_Sall

The President's mismanagement of his succession crashes the country's reputation for stability and its growth prospects

President Macky Sall's announcement on 3 February postponing this month's elections has wrecked what was left of his legacy and is undermining Senegal's governance amid multiple cl...

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The region on the rack

Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Macky Sall, February 2024. Pic: @PR_Senegal
Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Macky Sall, February 2024. Pic: @PR_Senegal

Double standards on governance rules are straining the credibility of the Ecowas bloc

Facing multiple challenges to their authority, West African leaders are trying to dampen down what seem to be mutually reinforcing crises for their regional organisation. On 28 Jan...


How the poor help the rich

Pic: @Sadiya_farouq
Pic: @Sadiya_farouq

Top officials are accused of raiding a state-funded programme meant to offer desperately needed relief for struggling communities

The detention of former Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq on 2 January on charges related to alleged fraud over US$38 million of public funds has led to a trail of d...


Biya's belt-tightening has risks

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Pic: @PR_Paul_BIYA

With pressure from the IMF mounting, the government has embarked on austerity measures which could impact political stability

Cameroon has had a worrying start to the year with President Paul Biya's four-decade-long dictatorship facing economic challenges that could turn political at a moment's notice. Th...


Generals persist with banned arms deal

Pic: Vitus-Gregory Gondwe FB
Pic: Vitus-Gregory Gondwe FB

The army went ahead with a major arms purchase even after the government cancelled it and said all deals with Zuneth Sattar were over

The government is in turmoil after its claims that all deals with the businessman Zuneth Sattar, who is accused of bribing dozens of top Malawian officials and politicians, had bee...


Ruto gambles on Eurobonds

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Nairobi's Treasury joins borrowers paying over 10% interest to meet escalating debt service demands

At the heart of the government's plan to issue US$1.5 billion of debt at 10.375% for a buy-back deal is President William Ruto's determination to avoid protracted debt restructurin...


Finding a perfect pitch

AfCON winning team, 11 February 2024, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Pic: Kim Price/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA/Alamy
AfCON winning team, 11 February 2024, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Pic: Kim Price/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA/Alamy

Fuller stadiums and more goals made a successful African Cup of Nations – but its stars need more financial and political backing

By the time the final whistle blew at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium to signal the end of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON), there was unanimous agreement that Côte d'Ivo...


UN breaks with scandal-hit pollution agency

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Pic: hyprep.gov.ng

Theft of oil spill clean-up funds in Ogoniland is set to continue as the UN Environment Programme cuts ties with HYPREP

Activists and environmentalists looking for a policy change on the troubled US$1 billion clean-up project in the Niger Delta by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government have been d...


Kanu's lobbyists for Biafra step up campaign

Supporters of Nnamdi Kanu stage a protest, September 2016, Whitehall, UK. Pic: Matthew Chattle / Alamy
Supporters of Nnamdi Kanu stage a protest, September 2016, Whitehall, UK. Pic: Matthew Chattle / Alamy

The separatist leader refused to appear in court in Abuja on 8 February but has more wealthy supporters in Washington DC

The campaign for a 'Jewish Autonomous Region in Biafra' is trying to boost its profile after hiring new lobbyists in the United States. Its backers hope to rekindle the political a...


All eyes on KwaZulu-Natal

Moses Mabhida Stadium. Pic: Kevin Sawyer / mmstadium.com
Moses Mabhida Stadium. Pic: Kevin Sawyer / mmstadium.com

The multi-sided battle for votes in the province may decide the national election – and whether the ANC loses its parliamentary majority

More than 300 registered political parties are vying for votes believing this election will mark a turning point in the country's history and pave the way for coalition politics. P...


Demeke's exit points to deepening rifts

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Pic: @DemekeHasen

Whether the foreign minister jumped or was pushed, the lesson is clear – zero tolerance for debate in government

The fall-out that triggered the exits of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his long-serving Deputy and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen is another sign of the widening gap between Abi...


Ghazouani is EU's new ally

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Pic: @vonderleyen

The European Union's new €210 million 'cash for migrant control' deal with Mauritania marks an attempt to start rebuilding its status in the Sahel.


In search of visa-free travel

Pic: @WilliamsRuto
Pic: @WilliamsRuto

Last October, President William Ruto vowed that by the end of 2023, travellers would no longer have to 'carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya'.


China's base desires

Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema with Li Jinjin, China's Ambassador to Gabon. Pic: @oliguinguema
Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema with Li Jinjin, China's Ambassador to Gabon. Pic: @oliguinguema

Washington sees the possibility of China building a military base on the coast of Gabon, as well as other port investments by China on the African Atlantic coast, as a strategic th...


Why Tagadum could be a turning point

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A civilian initiative to bring the warring factions to the negotiating table may be the last defence against a war that would shatter the country

Two opportunities to broker a ceasefire in Sudan's ruinous civil war have been arbitrarily waived aside in the new year by the warring generals' cohorts, raising concerns of a stil...


Juntas in shock split from Ecowas

Ecowas territory on world map. Pic: michal812 / stock.adobe.com
Ecowas territory on world map. Pic: michal812 / stock.adobe.com

Moscow is intent on filling the vacuum as three Sahelian military regimes worry Paris and Washington by cutting regional ties

Announcing their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) 'without delay', the juntas ruling Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali have sent a shockwave throug...

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Global south wins at The Hague

International Court of Justice, The Hague. Pic: dbrnjhrj / stock.adobe.com
International Court of Justice, The Hague. Pic: dbrnjhrj / stock.adobe.com

South Africa has boosted its own and the developing world's prestige by bringing its genocide case against Israel to The Hague


Shell leads oil majors' exit from the Niger Delta

Boiling hot oil is poured into open dikes leading to open air storage pools at the site of an illegal refinery, causing massive pollution, River State, Nigeria. Pic: Rey T. Byhre / Alamy
Boiling hot oil is poured into open dikes leading to open air storage pools at the site of an illegal refinery, causing massive pollution, River State, Nigeria. Pic: Rey T. Byhre / Alamy

Companies accused of under-investment – arrangements on financing and liability for pollution may be contested


Cash flows in but debt talks drag on

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Copyright © Africa Confidential 2024

The treasury has received $600 million in vital IMF funds but doubts persist on a deal with creditors before election campaigning starts


No bail-out on offer from Beijing

Wang Yi and Nabil Ammar, Tunis, 15 January 2024. Pic: gr.china-embassy.gov.cn
Wang Yi and Nabil Ammar, Tunis, 15 January 2024. Pic: gr.china-embassy.gov.cn

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been wooing North Africa but his help doesn't extend to financial rescue packages


The return of the hard men

Pic: mhpaulmakonda FB
Pic: mhpaulmakonda FB

President Samia won praise for mitigating her predecessor's authoritarianism, but his loyalists are on the march again and she is accommodating them