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Tue,15Apr2014

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections are a luxury item - Prime Minister

Prime minister since May 2012, Matata Ponyo sees himself as a reformer: will his pragmatism pay off? Photo©AFPPrime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon talks candidly to The Africa Report about democracy, the country's recent economic performance and negotiations with the M23 rebels.

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Sierra Leone is in the process of reviewing contracts - Mansaray

Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray Minister of mines and mineral resources, Sierra Leone. Photo©Gemma WareAlhaji Minkailu Mansaray, Sierra Leone's Minister of mines and mineral resources, explains how the Freetown government is establishing new mechanisms for transparency using a five-year renegotiation window.

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Nomvula Paula Mokonyane - A Zuma loyalist and campaign leader

Nomvula Paula Mokonyane premier, Gauteng province/Photo©V. NHLAPO/SOWETAN/GALLO IMAGES/GETTYNomvula Paula Mokonyane is known by gender and civil society activists as 'Mama Cash' thanks to her generous contributions to provincial organisations.

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Paul Shipokosa Mashatile, an anti-Zuma, power in the province

Paul Shipokosa Mashatile, ANC chair, Gauteng province/Photo©AFPGrowing up in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, Paul Mashatile began his political life the Congress of South African Students and then the ANC Youth League in the 1980s.

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Côte d'Ivoire: Money men, politicos and those who keep an eye on them

Despite the problems of stamping out corruption there is a good smattering of competent people in top jobs.

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Nigeria: United they stand against Goodluck Jonathan

The All Progressive Congress hopes to draw support from its constituent parties and beyond/Photo©SUNDAY ALAMBA/AP/SIPA ... but politicians from all regions and disparate parties will have to keep their egos in check and division to a minimum if the opposition alliance is to have any chance of unseating the ruling PDP in upcoming 2015 general elections.

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