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After 100 days in office, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi strikes a somewhat beleaguered figure, lacking control of the levers of the state. There is little doubt that Joseph Kabila is continuing to call many of the shots on appointments and Tshisekedi has been reluctant to advance with naming a Prime Minister and cabinet for this very reason. 

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  • South Africans yesterday headed to the polls to vote for their national and provincial leadership. As our recent InDepth revealed, the mood has been fairly sombre given the country’s current political and economic travails. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made moderate progress in tackling the rot that set in over the course of former president Jacob Zuma’s rule and launching reforms to address chronic under-performance and spiralling costs in key state institutions. But big questions remain as to whether the President can pull the ANC back into line and restore confidence in South Africa’s economy. Securing a strong mandate would be one step but it will still take strong leadership to stand up to powerful factions and stakeholders in the ANC, not to mention pulling the unions into line on public sector reform. It seems more likely Cyril will get a ‘continuity mandate’ of around 59-61% that will see him continue to face notable infighting and to make only patchy progress on reforms amid stiff resistance in some parts. This avoids a worst case scenario of the ANC being forced into bed with a coalition partner (quite possibly the EFF), but it does little to assure investors that change will be deep or fast. In the meantime, Moody’s Damocles sword will continue to dangle precariously over the economy.  
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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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