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All eyes on the kingmakers: Liberia’s presidential election

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Next month, Liberians will go to the polls to vote in a new government and leader. The election will mark the end of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 12 years in office. In 2005, Sirleaf became the first elected female African leader, as Liberia transitioned back to democracy from its devastating civil conflict. Sirleaf has played a …   Read more


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ECOWAS accession and other challenges to a highly prospective relationship Morocco was readmitted into the African Union in January 2017, concluding an almost two-decade long diplomatic struggle. With only a simple majority required, their application was all but certain to be accepted. This contrasts with the unanimity required to welcome a new member into the …   Read more

DRC’s brewing political storm creating risks for the mining sector

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With the government of President Joseph Kabila showing no interest in relinquishing power, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) looks set to be entering a period of deepening political crisis. Kabila will exploit the weakness and disunity of the opposition, while the international community will struggle to impose a solution in the absence of compliance …   Read more

Marcus Courage: Boosting Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa ‘’Prospects for UK and African businesses’’

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  Marcus Courage, CEO and founder of africapractice looks into the prospects for UK and Africa business I’ve never seen the trust deficit between Government, business and society as depleted as it is today. We live in a more nationalistic world, with creeping resistance to foreigners. People are losing faith that governments and big business …   Read more

A perspective on Kenya’s Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2017

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Although Kenya has had an anti-money laundering framework in place since 2009, the country has remained vulnerable to money laundering and financial fraud. The inadequacies of the original legal framework to regulate a sector which has undergone significant evolutions both in traditional and non-traditional financial services has created regulatory gaps that can be exploited by …   Read more

The African Year in 2017

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Amid a seismic shift in global politics that is resonating across the world’s economies, Africa will need to stand tall in 2017 if it is to position itself effectively in a fast-changing climate for international trade, investment and development assistance. Over-reliance on commodity prices has already exposed a number of African countries to sharp downturns, …   Read more

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Kenya’s disputed elections: into the unknown

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In an unprecedented ruling, the Kenyan Supreme Court today annulled the outcome of the 8 August presidential election following a petition by the losing opposition National Super Alliance (NASA). The landmark ruling invalidates incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory and will force a re-run of the election within 60 days. The Supreme Court’s decision is both …   Read more

The aftermath: Implications of the 8th Kenya Elections

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The official results of the recently-concluded 2017 Kenyan elections have given the incumbent party a resounding victory. President Uhuru Kenyatta secured 54% compared to 44% for his longstanding rival Raila Odinga. Meanwhile, the Jubilee Party has gained a clear majority in both the Senate and the National assembly, with several of the independent winners and …   Read more

South Africa’s leadership tussle: eight lives down

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Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma on 8 August once again proved he is a determined political survivor, overcoming his eighth no confidence vote to remain at the helm. Even the imposition of a secret ballot to allow MPs greater freedom in their vote cast was not enough to unseat the President who secured his …   Read more

Kenya Election scenarios and timelines

The 2017 Kenyan general elections take place next week but uncertainties remain around the likely scenarios and timelines for the polls. With high scope for a contested outcome prompting both legal petitions and political dialogue, there remain credible conditions under which it will take several weeks for a new government to take office and consolidate …   Read more

Prospects for stability

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With just over a week to go before the general elections, political parties are scrambling to invigorate their electoral campaigns as they seek to drive turnout and support for the vote. Meanwhile, the contested atmosphere and seeming organisational deficiencies of the polls raises significant concerns over the potential conduct of the election, and the reaction …   Read more

‘All politics is local’: The importance of down-ticket races in 2017

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As the 8 August general elections approach, much of the attention is focused on the compelling presidential contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opposition challenger, Raila Odinga. But for lower levels of political office, the competition is likely to be no less fierce with a range of influential posts for MPs and County Governors in particular …   Read more

Odinga’s final stand for the top post

Over the years, he has become skilled at opposition politics, initially gaining prominence as a kingmaker for former President Mwai Kibaki in 2002 under a coalition party. This was followed by his contribution to creating the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which in the 2005 referendum, successfully opposed the implementation of a new constitution. His greatest …   Read more

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