Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria is one of the country’s most prominent politicians. He is a regular face in newspapers, ... usually with controversial comments on the core issues. This time, he is said to be determined to defend the interest of northern Nigeria, especially in relation to the 2023 presidential poll. But his close contacts tell The Africa Report that the governor has his undivided attention on Kaduna state, with no plans yet for the election... and that is he is a more national-minded politician than he is given credit for.
In a statement issued on the night of 11 October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed that Kristalina Georgieva, the Bulgarian economist ... and senior official who has been at the helm of the financial institution since 1 October 2019, will remain in her post.
Algeria's former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika came to power through a highly controversial election, with six contenders withdrawing on the ... eve of the presidential poll. His two decades in power turned out to be the most damaging the country had experienced since independence.
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When Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni launched a gold refinery in 2017, he abolished tax for gold royalties to encourage its flow into the ... country, which worked. But in July, the government introduced a new tax on processed and unprocessed gold. Now, gold traders refuse to pay the tax, and have thus withheld all gold that would have been exported in previous months. Given that gold is not mined in Uganda but is brought in or smuggled in from neighbouring countries, abandoning the tax could be seen as a nod to the illicit gold trade.
If one thought that the Africa-France summit in Montpellier was going to be a day of glad-handing and Afro-optimism, then one would've been mistaken. ... Although heckled by their fellow youth on the internet for accepting a golden ticket to France, the 11 young African speakers who directly addressed the French president pulled no punches.
The three accused: Blaise Compaoré, Gilbert Diendéré and Hyacinthe Kafando are at the heart of the trial for the assassination of Thomas Sankara ... which began on 11 October, years after they were first accused of his murder. Now it seems only Gilbert Diendéré will take the stand.
As France has begun to reduce its military presence in Mali, we look the data, and map out the different forces at work against the jihadists. ... These include the G5 Sahel, the Takuba task force and maybe even Russian mercenaries Wagner.