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All The Need To Know About Africa This Week

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in China has seen African heads of state gather and engage with Chinese leaders to conclude an action plan for bilateral cooperation around trade and investment. The summit witnessed a robust defense of China’s foreign policy towards Africa by President Xi Jinping in response to criticisms of China’s loans for infrastructure approach.

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In Madagascar, a total of 46 candidates have submitted their candidacy to run in the next presidential elections slated for 7 November 2018, a situation reflective of the country’s fragmented political landscape. Candidates notably include former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, who were both barred from running in 2013. Incumbent President Rajaonarimampianina will also seek to contest Madagascar’s presidential polls, after having survived a full-blown political crisis in April.

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Despite speculation around whether DRC president Joseph Kabila intends to stand in the December elections, the ruling coalition has put forward former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as its candidate. The decision announcement was left to the eleventh hour as a means of assuring unity in the ruling coalition by limiting the time available for disgruntled leaders who were not selected for the post to defect or run on their own platforms given the deadline for submissions.

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