Burundi: No guns at the table

Pre-election protests in 2015; today the opposition is militarised. Photo©Berthier Mugiraneza/AP/SIPANew peace talks in Arusha have again excluded Burundi's armed opposition groups.

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The art of midwifing elections in Africa

File photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPAMany countries in Africa conduct general elections regularly. Electoral management bodies have the responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. But what are their score cards so far?

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DRC's rebel stalemate

With the surrender of M23 in 2013, the vacuum has been filled by dozens of other armed groups. Photo©James Akena/ReutersAn estimated 70 militia groups are active in eastern DRC, with a spate of clashes in recent months. As the tally of displaced people rises, UN and government forces seem unable to shift the balance of power.

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African Union's Dlamini-Zuma on security and her political future in South Africa

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission. Photo©Vincent Fournier for JANkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission talks to The Africa Report about security hotspots, the need for more African funding for the continental body and her political future.

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Burundi: Inflation accelerates as political woes continue

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersCrisis-torn Burundi's year-on-year inflation accelerated to 7.1 percent in December from 5.8 percent in November following rising costs of some food on markets. The country has been embroiled in a political crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to extend his term in office.

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Burundi: Troop deployment to take centre stage at AU meeting

File photo©ReutersThere is an expectation Burundi's Pierre Nkurinziza will have no choice but accept the deployment of African Union troops to his country when the powerful African Peace and Security Council meets at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa next week.

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Burundi Country Profile 2015: Moving the goalposts

altThe debate around President Pierre Nkurunziza's eligibility to run again in the general elections planned for 2015 will not slow him down, and he and the ruling party will maintain a monopoly on Burundi's political sphere.

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Democracy: Vote and vote again but forget the term limits

altBack in January, 2015 was being hyped as the year of African elections – not because of any great democratic dispensation but because of the neatness of the five in 2015 coinciding with the end of one term of office or another.

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A record year for African banks

Photos© Siphiwe Sibeko/ReutersFinancial institutions in our rankings reported assets of more than $1.5trn for the first time. But economic headwinds from China and the US signal troubles ahead

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Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza's friends can't disagree with him

Photo©MARCO LONGARI/AFPBurundi's leader has thrust the country to the forefront of the debate about presidential term limits. With few friends in the region but a divided opposition, will he be able to stave off the threat of instability?

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Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union. Phtoto©REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNSTUS President Barack Obama advised African leaders to respect their constitutions and condemned those who refuse to step down when their terms end, in an historic address to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

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Australian volunteer surgeons treat over 1,200 East Africans

Before and After photograph of a young boy who benefited from Rafiki's reconstructive surgery. Photo©Asanterafiki.comAustralian volunteer surgeons, Rafiki Surgical Missions, have given more than 1,200 East Africans a reason to smile, literally, after operating on mainly children with congenital facial deformities or burns.

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Burundi's high-risk campaigns

Photo©Jerome Delay/AP/SIPAPresident Pierre Nkurunziza and his allies' determination to press ahead with parliamentary and presidential elections on 29 June and 15 July, respectively, is fuelling Burundi's deepening crisis.

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Exports: Burundi tea revenues rose in April, before unrest

File photo©ReutersBurundi saw its export revenues for tea rising 14 percent in April this year from the same period a year before, helped by a fall in production of the commodity in Kenya, a tea board official said on Wednesday.

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EAC postpones Burundi elections

Until Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid, significant gains had been made since 2000 following the signing of the Arusha Peace Accord, which ended a 12-year conflict. Photo©ReutersThe East African Community (EAC) has announced that Burundi's presidential elections have been moved by just over two weeks from July 15 to 30, as the regional bloc set up a mediation team to solve a political crisis in that country.

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Burundi opposing factions reject UN mediators

President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersBurundi may hold peace talks between the ruling party and the opposition without United Nations mediators, as the international community tries to find a peace agreement and return to civility and rule of law in the East African nation.

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Burundi elections: International community will not recognise results

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersThe African Union has written off Burundi's parliamentary and presidential elections after it refused to send observers for the disputed Monday polls.

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Rwanda ruling party approves Paul Kagame third term bid

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Photo©ReutersRwanda President Paul Kagame's bid to run for a third term has been endorsed by senior members of the country's ruling party, paving the way for a constitutional amendment.

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Burundi: Unrest affects tax revenues

Demonstrations flared on 26 April, a day after President Pierre Nkurunziza said he run again. Photo©ReutersBurundi's tax revenues fell in May compared to a year ago, the latest sign that the economy is seizing up after more than a month of unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, official data showed on Friday.

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EAC urges delay in Burundi election

President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersEast African Community (EAC) heads of state have called for the postponement of Burundi's pending elections.

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