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Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

Renewing And Redesigning The ANC: What To Expect

One of the big topics of discussion at the ANC’s national policy conference will be organisational renewal and design – major issues the party has said are crucial to preventing further losses when South Africa goes to the polls in 2019. Here are some of the main points on the cards for discussion: Is there […]

Mugabe Said to Temper Wife’s Ambitions Amid Zimbabwe Army Anger

Mugabe Said to Temper Wife’s Ambitions Amid Zimbabwe Army Anger

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has moved to rein in his wife’s ambition to succeed him after the nation’s intelligence chief warned that her campaign may stoke political violence and faces opposition from within the military, three members of the ruling party’s politburo said. Mugabe asked his wife Grace, 51, to tone down her public criticism of veterans […]

The President Who Caused a Recession

The President Who Caused a Recession

The last time South Africa fell into recession, in 2009, it was because of the global financial crisis. This time around, economists and business executives agree, the cause is a person: the president. Jacob Zuma’s erratic political moves are breeding policy uncertainty and reluctance to invest, helping explain why the economy of the continent’s most […]

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon Boosts Security as Opposition Threatens Bongo to Quit

Gabon reinforced security near public buildings after a former presidential candidate gave President Ali Bongo an ultimatum to step down and threatened to blow up government property should the nation’s leader refuse to go within three days. Roland Desire Aba’a Minko asked Bongo to relinquish power and said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in […]

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan Ramps Up Washington Lobbying as Sanctions Deadline Looms

Sudan is on the cusp of ending its long status as a pariah in Washington, and the African nation is bolstering its stable of lobbyists to ensure that it happens soon. The government of President Umar al-Bashir — which is listed by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism — has hired Washington law […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Red Sea Islands Transfer to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament backed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, snubbing court rulings invalidating the move and risking renewed protests against a treaty opponents denounced as an erosion of sovereignty. Parliament on Wednesday passed an agreement redrawing maritime borders between the two countries after heated committee debates this week. […]

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia Suspends 48 Opposition MPs For Snubbing President’s Speech

Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their […]

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s President Vows Revenge On al Shabaab After Deadly Attack

Somalia’s president said late Thursday night the country’s army was in “hot pursuit” of Islamist group al Shabaab fighters after the insurgents’ assault on a military base in the Puntland region that left at least 38 people dead. In the early Thursday attack, the Islamists overran a military base in Af Urur, a town about […]

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s Odinga Evokes Ghost of 2008 Chaos, Calls for Fair Vote

Kenya’s elections may prompt violence that evokes the unrest that killed at least 1,100 people following a disputed vote a decade ago if the electoral authorities fail to ensure this year’s process is credible, opposition leader Raila Odinga said. Any outbreak of clashes would be difficult to control, even though Kenyans “don’t want to go […]

Ethnic Tensions Bubble In Nigeria In Echo Of Biafra Civil War

Ethnic Tensions Bubble In Nigeria In Echo Of Biafra Civil War

A northern Nigerian state’s governor on Wednesday ordered the arrest of activists for demanding the eviction of eastern Igbo people, amid rising tensions between ethnic groups that hark back to the country’s Biafra civil war. Secessionist feeling has simmered in Nigeria’s east since the Biafra separatist rebellion, a mainly Christian Igbo movement, tipped the country […]

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