Mali’s Premature Elections Threaten Stability and Future Legitimacy

Mali’s upcoming presidential election, now due on 28 July, will be a watershed moment for the crisis-torn country. The goal of the election – to return the country to constitutional order and restore the political process – is something that Mali desperately needs. But the election holds no guarantee of attaining this goal. Indeed, there…

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An open memo to President Obama on his visit to Africa

Your Excellency, Shortly, you and your family will board Air Force One and head to Africa, on a journey that will take you to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa. During your first term in the White House you visited Ghana, where you made the famous ‘Africa does not need strong men, it needs strong institutions’…

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Will Barack Obama Get a Frosty reception when he visits South Africa?

In a way, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s decision to award US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama the Freedom of the City (Cape Town’s highest honor), sort of makes sense, if you stretch your imagination. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Botswana: Stunning Victory for Botswana’s San

The residents of Ranyane, a small San settlement in Botswana, have scored a significant legal victory against the government of Botswana, which had been attempting to relocate them despite a court interdict ordering them to desist from doing so. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Why Obama is Coming to Tanzania

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s strategic position in the continent, its abundant natural resources and countering China’s advances to Africa have been cited as one of the reasons why President Barack Obama chose to visit Tanzania in his tour of Africa next month. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Tsvangirai Must Form A Coalition To Have Any Chance In Upcoming Elections

When exactly will the election be held, will the reforms laid out in the Constitution be implemented, and will ZANU-PF win, again? These are the three pressing questions as Zimbabweans await their country’s next big political event; the date-to-be-confirmed general election, on the heels of the peaceful March 2013 Constitutional Referendum. Simukai Tinhu addresses these…

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