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South Africa: the ANC’s elective conference 2017

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With just under three weeks to go until the African National Congress’s (ANC) elective conference, the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma is entering its most critical phase. The conference occurs against a backdrop of prolonged controversy around the country’s leadership, prompted by scandals in government and widening divisions within the heart of the ruling …   Read more

Ethiopia: Africa’s great enigma

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For many businesses scanning Africa for the next opportunity, Ethiopia is the continent’s great enigma. It is a country that has experienced near double-digit growth for the best part of a decade, is rich in land and resources, and has a growing population of over 100 million people; second only to Nigeria on the continent. …   Read more

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

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Zimbabwe: the crocodile bites back

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Yesterday’s military intervention in Zimbabwe looks set to bring a climatic end to President Robert Mugabe’s three decades of iron-fisted rule. While the army is insisting this is not a coup d’état, it certainly bears all the trappings of one. Regional and international governments have called for a restoration of elected rule but have been …   Read more

Oil & Gas in Senegal: highly prospective, highly contentious

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Two months after ruling coalition Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) retained power through a landslide victory at the parliamentary elections in July 2017, President Macky Sall conducted a cabinet reshuffle that unveiled a new Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Having formerly served as Director General of the national oil company Petrosen, Sall is determined to position …   Read more

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

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