Tensions rise ahead of polls
Battles within the ruling PDP mean that the 2011 elections may be the country’s most competitive ever, but the risks of military intervention and electoral fraud are ever-present.
Increased spending fuels growth
Boosted by increased tourism and social spending, Cape Verde anticipates calm elections in 2011 and the attainment of several Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:04
A chance to start again
In late October, the government appeared to be on a path out of the crisis that began in 2002, but the incoming administration will have to operate in an extremely tense political environment.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:18
Hedging its bets
President Atta Mills faces dissent from the NDC faction backed by the Rawlings family, while the NPP faces similar problems between past and future presidential candidates.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:22
The aftermath of mutiny
The threat posed by drug trafficking and unruly soldiers dominates the political scene, making reform of the security sector a dangerous proposition for any politician.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:34
A new man at the helm
President Alpha Condé plans to reform public finances, the military and the mining sector, all of which will be met by stiff resistance from domestic and international vested interests.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:41
Entering a landmark year
Faced with a sometimes hostile legislature, President Johnson Sirleaf's minority party has banded together with other groups in the hope of attracting more support in the 2011 poll.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:44
Instability threatens desert charms
There is no clear frontrunner for the 2012 elections since the opposition is divided and Prime Minister Sidibé’s party is still young, untested and without a strong party structure.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 10:48
Young politician, old-school politics
The government has effectively divided the largest opposition party by bringing Olympio’s UFC into government, ensuring that policy will be approved effortlessly at all levels of the administration.
Playing the mediator
With the recent opening of a new mine, gold has supplanted cotton as the main foreign currency earner, turning Burkina Faso into a major exporter of natural resources.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:59