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Addis's relations with its neighbours may be changing as radically as those on the domestic front. A new deal with Somalia could be in the offing

As soon as he was appointed Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed was as eager to embrace peace and normalisation with neighbouring states as to reform the regime at home. Somalia, bristling at its neighbour's military presence, could be one of the biggest beneficiaries.


The great observer gamble

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After an eight-month charm offensive wooing bankers and diplomats, the government is failing the legitimacy test

Politicians and activists share scepticism about international election observers, suspected of naïveté and bias but lacking political knowledge. For once, international observers ...

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Kabila names his dauphin

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The President finally named a successor at the eleventh hour and ended the third-term controversy. Storms still lie ahead

The drama over who will be allowed to run in the presidential elections due in December has dragged the political system to the brink as growing armed conflict increase instability...


Backers and attackers

While Kabila steps down, his successor will have to cope with neighbours with agendas, and the myriad militias they support

Congo-Kinshasa's most important neighbours lie to the east: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, all of whom have played key roles in the country's ructions over the past three de...


A flood of rumours

The death of the great dam’s chief engineer sees an outpouring of grief as regional reactions to Abiy’s radical initiatives gather speed

For many Ethiopians, dam engineer Simegnew Bekele was the embodiment of their aspirations for a better future, which explains the widespread shock when he was discovered shot dead ...


Raila rebounds

The veteran opposition leader is gaining enough from his historic compromise with Uhuru to worry Vice-President Ruto

Five months after the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga and its promise to build bridges between Kenya's hostile ethnic groups, Odinga s...


Barbarians at the gate

A wave of defections to the main opposition party have President Buhari looking anxiously over his shoulder as elections approach

The All Progressives' Congress, whose leader President Muhammadu Buhari is taking a holiday in London, has been under political siege for weeks while its senior members contemplate...


Politics of patronage

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Long-delayed legislation promises to free the oil industry from state control – but will the government want to surrender this trump card?

Nigeria's governments come and go but its oil and gas governance legislation keeps rolling on. The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) was conceived during Olusegun Obasanjo's first elec...


Deal or no deal?

'Very much a starting point' was the verdict of United Nations Special Representative David Shearer on the latest agreement by the main political actors of South Sudan on 5 August ...


Court in the act

Despite a calamitous first five years in office, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK) sailed through the first round of the presidential election with 42% of the vote amid a flur...


Gas contract claims minister

The sacking of Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko on 6 August for supposedly mishandling renegotiations with the Dubai-based Ameri group on a power supply contract has triggered a cris...


A deluge of injustice

A new investigation says those responsible for the Solai dam disaster could escape prosecution


ISIS’s nemesis

Al Shabaab offers its Da’ish competitors a simple choice: recant or face execution


Electoral déja-vu

The top two contenders in the 2013 elections slug it out again with incumbent IBK tipped to win


The probity contest

To convince voters of his hard line on corruption, President Buhari’s prosecutors will have to win some cases at last


Sanctions and splits

Mediators are talking up a five-party power-sharing deal but the leaders shirk responsibility for mass killings