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All You Need To Know About Africa This Week

Senegalese President Macky Sall has surprised many observers by announcing a constitutional reform initiative which could see the removal of the Prime Minister’s post, bringing the cabinet directly under executive oversight. The proposed reform did not form part of Sall’s recent re-election campaign but is designed to streamline government and help with the efficient advancement of the government’s reform agenda.

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All You Need To Know About Africa This Week

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation is unlikely to quell the broader popular pressures for deeper reform of Algeria’s political system, which represent a modified version of the Arab Spring uprisings witnessed elsewhere in North Africa in 2011. The ageing Bouteflika’s attempt to hold onto power at elections initially scheduled for this month unleashed a wave of popular protest that has forced a back-down and his ultimate resignation.

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Cyclone Idai in Mozambique has devastated swathes of the country’s centre, notably destroying much of the port city of Beira. Beyond the immediate humanitarian need to access cut off communities, prevent cholera or other outbreaks and ensure food security, there will be a pressing need to launch major investments in reconstruction of damaged infrastructure. 

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