Amid Algeria’s Political Standoff, Coronavirus Offers Opportunity for Economic Dialogue: Report

As Algeria extends a partial coronavirus lockdown across much of its territory, a new report warns of an intensifying political conflict between the government and a months-long protest movement, urging both sides to turn to economic dialogue as a way to help the country forward. “If political dialogue is unrealistic in the short term, the […]

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To Halt Mali Unrest, ECOWAS Calls for 31 MPs to Resign

The leaders of West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc concluded a summit on Mali by calling for the immediate resignations of 31 parliamentarians whose contested elections in March triggered the country’s political crisis. The 15 heads of state, meeting online Monday, did not request the resignation of embattled Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Instead, in a statement […]

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Malawi President Vows to Close in on Corrupt Officials

BLANTRYE, MALAWI – Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera says over $1 billion was stolen through corruption during former president Peter Mutharika’s administration. In his state of the nation address Saturday night, Chakwera said the plunder is contained in the recent Auditor General’s report which looks into how the government managed its finances for the past […]

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Malawi President Vows to Close in on Corrupt Officials

BLANTRYE, MALAWI – Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera says over $1 billion was stolen through corruption during former president Peter Mutharika’s administration. In his state of the nation address Saturday night, Chakwera said the plunder is contained in the recent Auditor General’s report which looks into how the government managed its finances for the past […]

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Bashir Trial Raises Hope for Democracy in Sudan

The trial of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and 28 co-defendants, which began Tuesday in Khartoum, has been eagerly awaited by military officers who opposed the 1989 coup that brought Bashir to power. Ahmed al-Tayeb, a former army major who was ousted from the military and was periodically arrested by the Bashir regime, became a […]

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How COVID Is Affecting Elections in Africa

The novel coronavirus has complicated the election-year calendar for Africa, as elsewhere, prompting some polling delays, suspensions and uncertainties. It also has created openings for leaders to exploit fears and tighten their grips on power, political observers say. At least nine African countries – including Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe – have postponed elections at some […]

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