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Mauritania: Mohamed Ould Ghadda - Corruption-busting former senator

 The recently imprisoned politician  has emerged as the key figure in the senators’ resistance to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s August 2017 constitutional change abolishing the senate. Just before his arrest he  launched an official probe into contracts awarded by the government without going through competitive tenders. He could be a serious opposition challenger to Abdel Aziz if, as expected, he changes the rules and stands for a third term in 2019.  Because he is Arab (Beidane), Ould Ghadda could attract votes of the Arab electorate, which  has so far supported the government and would not vote for the anti-slavery campaigner and presidential contender Biram Dah Abeid.

Tunisia: Bochra Belhaj Hmida - Champion of women

Brilliant lawyer Bochra Belhaj Hmida, 62, has devoted her career to Tunisia’s women. In August 2017, President  Béji Caid Essebsi appointed her to head  La Commission des Libertés Individuelles et de l’Egalité, a new human rights commission, to study and make proposals on topics such as inheritance rights. She is fiercely independent and entered into politics after the downfall of president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali  in 2011. She initially joined Ettakatol but criticised it for not respecting  its promises. She then joined Essebsi’s Nidaa Tounes in 2012 and was elected to parliament in 2014. She has since distanced herself from the party leadership and uses her media access to promote the rights of women. 

Egypt: Khaled Ali - Presidential hopeful
Ali is a prominent rights lawyer  and former presidential candidate who is not at all loved by the government of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Ali announced  in October that he will be running  for president, but has little chance  of succeeding because of  the government’s authoritarian tendencies. There is a court case against him which could jeopardise his chances if he is found guilty. Ali  is already being harassed by security services and, in the meantime, gaining support from activists, rights groups and 25 January  revolutionary-minded circles.
These profiles first appeared in our December/January 2018 print edition of The Africa Report magazine



Libya's eastern strongman: the Don Quixote of Africa


COME SITTLER/SIPAFrom his fiefdom in Benghazi the commander of the Libyan National Army is gearing up to follow other strongmen in the region by turning his military successes into political power as  he calls for elections to be held soon


Electric car-charging stations make their way to Egypt

Security guards run alongside the electric car of Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy on July 9, 2009. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP/SIPAAn Egyptian company has introduced 65 electric car-charging stations across the Arab world's most populous country, giving commuters a chance to opt for clean energy.


New Tunisian central bank chief promises "extraordinary measures"

Marouane El-Abassi, the new chief of the Tunisian central bank attends a meeting at the Tunisian parliament, Thursday, Feb.15, 2018 in Tunis. Photo: Hassene Dridi/AP/SIPAFormer World Bank official and economics professor Marouane el Abassi was confirmed by Tunisia's parliament as the new central bank governor on Thursday, promising "extraordinary measures" to lift the country's economy.


Citigroup targets rapid Middle East, Africa growth in 2018

Feb. 9, 2011:  Saudi Arabian city view with the 'Kingdom Tower', background, and 'Al-Faislia Tower' in Riyadh. Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP/SIPACitigroup expects 2018 to be its best year for investment banking in the Middle East and Africa in at least a decade, likely led by Saudi Arabia, a senior executive at the U.S. bank said.


Morocco's currency move step in right direction - IMF

Tourists look at a wool dying shop in the souk of Marrakech, in this March 10, 2003 file photo. Photo: ABDELJALIL BOUNHAR/AP/SIPAMorocco's new more flexible hard currency system is a step in the right direction to make the kingdom more attractive to investment and turn it into a financial hub for Africa, a senior IMF official said on Monday.


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