After overseeing an effective response to the Covid-19 health crisis and a speedy economic recovery, and with no real opponent to speak of, is ... incumbent president Ismail Omar Guelleh a shoe-in in Djibouti’s latest election?
Without an end to the fighting in Tigray, its people will face starvation more devastating than the “biblical famine” that tore through the ... region in the 1980s, according to a heavily-detailed survey by researchers from the US-based World Peace Foundation.
Nigeria's ruling party and main opposition are both stumped: each have heavyweight contenders whose shot at the presidency is stymied by an informal ... political arrangement, which holds that power should rotate between the north and the south. Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Yahya Bello... the list of politicians kicking against zoning taboos, grows by the day. Already, there are fears of a faction of the ruling APC breaking away if it does not get the candidate it wants.
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Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba recently granted his first interview since suffering a stroke in 2018. Well aware that "a few people thought ... it was their turn to take the reins" after his illness, he is determined to reform Gabon and unafraid to tackle thorny issues.
Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been announcing some changes to policies imposed by her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli. Some Tanzanians ... are cautiously optimistic about a less combative style of politics.
On 18 May, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a summit in Paris to discuss ways of providing support to African countries hit hard by ... the health crisis. It will be attended by various African and European heads of state and several issues will be discussed.
Conducted each year among African “opinion leaders”, the Africaleads 2021 survey confirms that France continues to lose ground. On the other ... hand, Turkey and the Gulf countries are steadily rising in popularity.
Insurgents took the town of Palma on the coast of the far north of Mozambique on 24 March and held it for 10 days. Surprised media claimed it ... was an escalation of a war backed by Islamic State -- despite IS having cut links with the Mozambique insurgents in mid-2020. In this deep dive into the historic roots of the crisis, leading Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon unpacks the modus operandi of the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. As South Africa sends troops to Palma, he asks: do we risk creating an 'Afghanistan' out of Mozambique by relying on inaccurate information and an out-of-date counter-insurgency playbook?
South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has given its corruption-charged secretary general Ace Magashule until the end of April ... to step down or risk suspension. Magashule's fate is crucial to the balance of power in the ANC, which is home to forces that both support and are critical of President Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership.