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Lesotho – What lies beneath?

Behind Lesotho’s current political crisis, security cluster ructions and infighting are the real threats to stability. As Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s allegations of a coup disintegrated, the fractious nature of the relationship between the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) has emerged as the catalyst for the violence on Saturday, […]

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Kenya – Factional struggles over Cord referendum plan

Factions are forming for and against the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord)’s plan to force a referendum. The main fault line, unsurprisingly, is between Cord and the ruling Jubilee coalition of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, but Raila Odinga is tailoring his initiative to gain support on the Jubilee side […]

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Nigeria – APC wins Osun governor's election

Rauf Aregbesola of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won re-election as governor of Osun State in the south-west. Mr Aregbesola won over 56% of the almost 700,000 votes cast in the election held on Saturday, August 9, while his opponent, Iyiola Omisore of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), won 42%. The Labour Party […]

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Africa – Washington’s Africa Summit needs economic and trade clarity

The US agenda driving this week’s Africa Summit in Washington, where some 50 African states will be represented, remains something of a mystery. Africa’s agenda, by contrast, should be clear – economic ties and trade developments including the extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). President Barack Obama’s African genes, China’s rapid expansion […]

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Nigeria – Monetary policy instruments left unchanged

The first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting led by the new governor, Godwin Emefiele, was held on July 22. As at the May MPC meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), all monetary policy instruments were left unchanged. In January, the cash reserve requirement (CRR) on public sector deposits was raised from 50% to […]

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Mali – Rocky start to Algiers negotiations

Negotiations between Mali’s government and northern separatists kicked off on in Algiers on Wednesday, July 16. There has been no sign that a rapid resolution of the Malian issue can be expected. The talks bring together representatives of the government in Bamako and leaders of the main autonomy movements: the National Movement for the Liberation […]

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Central Economy or Just Centralised…?

The Zuma administration cannot shake off the pull of the left President Jacob Zuma elevated the floundering South African economy to centre stage at his State of the Nation speech on June 17 as a means of addressing the triple evils of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country. However, there has been scant evidence […]

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