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Fri,24Nov2017

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An Ethiopian oak falls and the east African forest sways

Hailemariam’s (R) strongest cards are his Southern minority Wolayta origins and that he was the Late Meles’s (L) choice/Photo©ReutersIn life, Ethiopia's hard-headed prime minister Meles Zenawi polarised opinion. Whether cheerleaders of his "authoritarian developmentalism" or critics of his regime's unrelenting bid to control civil society and opposition parties, few questioned Meles's centrality in the region.

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Guinea Bissau's coup complacency

Guinea Bissau's deposed prime minister Carlos Gomes Júnior/Photo©ReutersThe deposed prime minister and leading presidential candidate, now living in exile, complains that West African leaders have sought too much compromise with rogue elements of the military.

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People to watch in Liberia

Photo©MICHEL SPILOTRO/UN; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; PEWEE FLOMOKU/AP/SIPA; TALEB AHMED BAAH/PANAPRESS/MAXPPPClaims of fraud in the 2011 presidential election contributed to a hostile political environment, and both governing and opposition parties are now looking for the men and women to lead the next campaigns.

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Nigeria: Goodluck walks tightrope ahead of 2015 election

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan successfully  ran for the presidency following the death of President Alhaji Shehu Yar’AduaNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is walking a political tightrope pulled by the two major ethnic groups in the country who are demanding the presidency in 2015 where he will be seeking a second term.

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Ugandan opposition leader arrested

Kizza Besigye was whisked away to Kampala Central Police Station on Monday afternoon after he tried to address his supporters/Photo©ReutersUganda opposition leader, Kizza Besigye was Monday afternoon arrested after he tried to address his supporters at several rallies planned around the city.

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Ghana: President John Mahama wants serious debates

President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana/Photo©STEVE ABABIOAgainst a backdrop of angry political rhetoric, President Mahama insists that the state must ensure election security, help to improve agricultural production and develop institutions with the authority to investigate corruption.

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