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Incumbent is favourite to retain Senegal presidency

President Macky Sall is strong favourite to win Senegal’s election on Sunday, boosted by a modernising first term that propelled economic growth although critics...

Nigeria vote delay a reminder of investment risk

A surprise delay in Nigeria’s presidential ballot gave foreign asset managers another reminder of political risk and volatile investment returns in Africa’s biggest economy...

Cameroon opposition leader charged with rebellion

Cameroon’s main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, was charged in a military court with rebellion and seven other offences, indictments that could carry the death...

ISS: Suspicions cloud Senegal’s upcoming election

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Senegal will choose its president on 24 February in an atmosphere clouded by suspicions that the incumbent, Macky Sall, has engineered recent electoral reforms...

Suspension of Nigerian chief judge a human rights breach

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The suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on independence of the judiciary and the separation...

ISS: Does regime security come ahead of real reform in Gabon?

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Since Gabon’s coup attempt on 7 January, President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been making changes to restore confidence in his government. Bongo, who was...

The race for Nigeria’s presidency

Nigerians will on February 16 choose between two septuagenarians to lead Africa’s largest democracy: President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar. The...

Lack of funds could put more than half of Libya local elections on hold

At least 69 municipal councils out of 120 in Libya may not hold elections in March due to a lack of funding by the...

ISS: South Africa again mesmerised by a Zimbabwe crisis

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Almost two decades after the start of the Zimbabwe crisis, South Africa is once again standing silently on the sidelines, seemingly mesmerised, as its...

ISS: Do Africa’s youth prefer the ballot to the bullet?

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On 7 January, a group of young military officers in Libreville, Gabon, tried to overthrow the government of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. The challenge...

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