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Skeletons in the closet, loyalty to the party and South Africa’s political landscape

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With South Africa’s 2019 national elections looming overhead, its political landscape has not caught a break as each month, and even week, that passes another ‘skeleton in the closet’ comes out to shock the public.

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Continental survey finds quality of democracy in Africa has deteriorated

Photo©ReutersA new study by the African based Afrobarometer found that less than half of Africans in 28 countries surveyed considered their country a "full democracy" or a "democracy with minor problems".

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Egyptian women struggle with constitutional freedom

A 2010 court decision barred Egyptian women judges from the State Council. Photo©ReutersEgyptian women have demanded rights, which were guaranteed during the writing of the new constitution, to be enforced and defended, as the country emerges from conflict.

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Rape, Zimbabwe's silent political weapon

In 2008, Alice Kasirori* was raped by four men during the violent run-off in the presidential elections. Rape was the price she paid for her husband's political activism and resulted in the pregnancy of her third child.

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The difference between Ethiopia's Gabrselassie and Liberia's Weah

Haile Gabrselassie (L) George Weah (R)/Photo©ReutersEthiopia's Track legend Haile Gebrselassie plans to run for the presidency of Ethiopia. But will his sporting fame be enough to administer the fate and future of a nation and its people?

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Uganda: Media takes a hit in presidential grooming affair

A siege on media houses by Ugandan security forces entered a second day on Tuesday, as they searched for a letter by an army commander that claimed President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son to be president.

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Tunisia: Hopelessness raises its head again

PM-designate Larayedh and President Marzouki (right) check the seating plan/Photo©ION ABIDRegular clashes between secular forces in colourful flag-wielding parades and hardline Islamist supporters carrying the Salafist black banner have put paid to optimism about any easy transition.

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Kenya's party time

President Mwai Kibaki assented to a bill for his own retirement package that entitles him to a $300,000 bonus and a monthly pension of $3,000 with extras for homes, cars, international travel, security and domestic staff/Photo©ReutersA hated parliament is seen off in flames as coalitions allocate billions to next campaign.

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Mauritius and the shifting political sands

The musical chairs their fathers played were nothing compared to the constantly changing alliances of modern Mauritian politics.

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Nigeria: State of the Union Address on agenda

If the Bill is passed, any sitting president can be called by two thirds of the National Assembly to to speak on their administration and policies/Photo©Reuters

Nigeria's National Assembly is seeking authority to summon any sitting Nigerian president in a proposed new law.

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UP Close With Ben Ephson

Given the popularity of media practice in Ghana lately, it is easy to overlook the long, difficult and lonely roads some of the great journalists of our time travelled to pave the way for the freedoms we enjoy today. Ben Ephson has been there and seen it all.

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Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the sons who have all the fun

Presidential sons are still enjoying themselves in the Central Africa capitals of Brazzaville, Congo and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

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What to watch in 2013

The headline events in 2013 – political upsets in national elections, multibillion-dollar mineral and oil deals, new threats for US and African forces along the Sahelian belt – will concentrate the minds of policymakers and journalists.

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Ghana: Opposition challenges election results

 Ghana's main opposition political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has filed a petition at the country's highest court, Supreme Court, challenging the validity of the presidential election.

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Biometric problems add to Ghana election bottleknecks

On the road to Cape Coast, Patrick Smith reports on election day in Ghana as troubles with some of the new biometric voting machines added to long queues at voting stations.

 

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Large turn out as Ghana presidential polls open

A ruling party supporter holds up a mock ballot paper for President John Dramani Mahama in Accra ahead of 7 December election. © Gabriela Barnuevo/AP/SIPAA large turnout was recorded at polling stations across Ghana when voting began at 7 AM on Friday in crucial presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

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President Mahama Charmed Me too

President Mahama did his admirers and certainly my very difficult-to-please self great good as he appeared presidential in his delivery. He could win unsuspecting and undecided hearts too. He did well to rehearse and pour out his 4--point vision.

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All die be die: A battle cry or a state of mind?

When the leader of the opposition in Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo enunciated the now famous or rather infamous 'all die be die' mantra which is to say that there are no different degrees of dying, implying that dying for a political cause is as good as dying of natural causes; he veered into a foray of issues that travel well beyond the confines of Ghanaian politics.

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Sierra Leone's familiar
 faultlines

Koroma at his inauguration in 2007, where he promised “zero tolerance” on corruption/Photo©ReutersWhile President Ernest Bai Koroma is campaigning on a platform of infrastructure building and foreign-investment-led growth, oppositionist Julius Maada Bio is calling for stricter measures against corruption. The economy is not set to take off for another couple of years, when the government will start to receive more revenue from two new mines in the north

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Senegal: Macky Sall dissolves Senate, distances himself from Wade student reputation

President Macky Sall had once been referred to as former President Wade's The Senegalese senate, once filled with members of the opposition party, including supporters and associates of former president Abdoulaye Wade, has been dissolved by the new leader.

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