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Data leak exposes plot to steal presidential vote

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Whistleblowers in the government point to fraud behind a deal between outgoing President Kabila and claimed poll-winner Félix Tshisekedi

A cache of data leaked from the state's electoral commission points to an overwhelming victory by opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu, reinforcing earlier calls by regional organisations for a recount. The leaked data starkly contradicts the official results announced on 10 January which purport to show that another opposition candidate, Félix Tshisekedi, who is thought to have agreed a political fix with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, had beaten Fayulu by about 650,000 votes.

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Fighting fear with freedom

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Abiy Ahmed calculates that a new era of democracy and respect for civil rights could counter any backlash to his reforms


John Howe, 1938-2018

John Howe. Pic: Larry Sider

A long-standing friend of Africa Confidential, John William Alan Raymond Howe was a remarkable reporter, columnist, translator, poet and short story writer. Best known for his reporting on Chad, Algeria and the Western Sahara in the British and French press, John's first trip to Africa was to Nigeria where he was hosted by Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Afrobeat music star, in 1973. That gives a measure of the man.

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Mnangagwa wants his pipeline

A new oil supply route from Beira could relieve the country from dependence on Trafigura and ease shortages, the President believes


A poll without passion

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The party-political system is failing the country amid preparations for national elections in February and state elections in March


The people's spring against Beshir

Long-standing opposition groups and former regime allies are demanding the President's exit in the biggest protests since he seized power 30 years ago


Kofi Annan (1938-2018)

Kofi Annan, 4 June 2008, Rome, Italy. Pic: Di Loreti/Emblema/Ropi/Zuma Press/PA Images

In an era when narrow nationalism and populism are taking on the international system, the career of Kofi Annan showed where the battle lines were drawn. Described by colleagues as a 'diplomat's diplomat', Annan spent his professional life in the United Nations, becoming one of its most powerful advocates, reshaping the organisation, pushing it to do more to fight poverty, injustice and oppression.

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The forgotten army

The G5 force is mired in problems. It is all supposed to go right in the new year but there are still doubts


Goodbye to all that

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President Lourenço’s long honeymoon will come to an end as public focus shifts to the economy


JH Mensah, 1928-2018

JH Mensah

His formidable intellect and tough independence of spirit made Joseph Henry Mensah an improbable candidate for the hurly-burly of partisan politics. Yet it was those qualities, along with his personal integrity and sense of humour, that marked his contribution to public service and government in Ghana and several other African countries over six decades.

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Election bored game

Two familiar veteran candidates are failing to strike a chord with the voters ahead of a critical presidential race next February


Taking the heaviest of tolls

The leak by a concerned government insider has exposed another costly procurement deal which never went to tender