Congolese politicians scramble for control as violence grows

Reuben Loffman, Queen Mary University of London The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still struggling to bring an end to months of torrid political wrangling. Ever since the incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, began to delay and obstruct scheduled elections that could eject him from office, the country has been stuck in political limbo. And …

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DRC needs two-track approach to fix its electricity deficit

Agathe Maupin, University of the Witwatersrand The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to go to the polls to elect a new leader to succeed President Joseph Kabila, whose mandate expires on 19 December. This should have happened towards the end of November but the DRC’s constitutional court recently approved a request by the …

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Donald Trump & Africa News Headlines – 18 November 2016

A compilation of news headlines from around the globe related to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration’s policy toward Africa south of the Sahara. Another sign that sub-Saharan Africa isn’t on Donald Trump’s radar Source: Quartz Trump effect on Africa Source: CNBC Africa Can Trump dump Africa? Source: How We Made It in …

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Why it’s not business as usual for leaders south of the Sahara

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University The violent and chaotic events in Burundi have once again brought into sharp focus the perennial problem of leadership change in sub-Saharan Africa. Triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term of office, they follow the familiar narrative of political leaders’ unwillingness to unclench their grip off the leavers …

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African Heads of State Speak at 2014 UN General Assembly – Part II

Nearly every sitting African head of state has spoken during the opening debate of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, or is scheduled to do so. Here are brief excerpts from the speeches delivered on Thursday, September 25, with links to the full reported remarks, in chronological order. For the speeches by African leaders that …

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