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19 October 2017 16:47 (South Africa)

Op-Ed: Liberia’s elections – challenges, change and continuity

  • Greg Mills
    Greg Mills
Main photo: A woman poses with Liberian flags during the National Flag Day in Monrovia, Liberia, 24 August 2017. Liberians celebrate the flag's design and the republic for the first time in 1847. EPA-EFE/AHMED JALLANZO
Photo: With barely any government structures, people have learnt to fend for themselves in remote communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Here DRC president Joseph Kabila is photographed in Kinshasa on 19 February 2015. Photo: Michael Kappeler/(EPA)

ISS Today: Protecting livelihoods is key to mining the DRC’s riches

Photo: An Egyptian currency vendor counts US dollar notes in Cairo, November 2016. Photo: Khaled Elfiqi/(EPA)

Op-Ed: African countries must collaborate to fix tax challenges

By Logan Wort
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the signing of the Lesotho Electoral Pledge at Lehakoe Recreational and Cultural Centre in, Lesotho. December 2014 (Photo: DOC)

Lesotho: Political tensions run high following army shootings

Photo: A white rhino and her calf on a game farm in the Waterberg district, some 350km north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 September 2010.  Photo: EPA/JON HRUSA

ISS Today: Wildlife crime – Why diverse data will drive better responses

Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (L) accompanied by his wife Grace (R) arrive at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26 August 2017. Mugabe attended the joint burial of Politburo member George Rutanhire and Maud Muzenda, the widow of Zimbabwe’s first Vice Prime Minister Simon Muzenda. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

The SADC Wrap: Former Lesotho deputy PM flees to SA, Zanu-PF supports Grace, and Zambia’s ‘silent emergency’

Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Lesotho: Main shareholder of a large company accused of ‘extensive manipulation of financial statements’

By MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism
Photo: Dr Sylvanus Ayeni at a school on his recent lecture tour of Nigeria. Photo: Supplied

Op-Ed: Turning Africa’s lights on should be a homegrown priority

Photo: A supporter of The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga sits on top of a street sign post that has been relabeled 'Judge Maraga Street', referring to Chief Justice David Maraga, and 'Orengo Street', referring to NASA's lawyer James Orengo, in front of the Supreme Court in central Nairobi, Kenya, 01 September 2017. Kenya's Supreme Court on 01 September overturned the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ordered a re-run of the election within 60 days, citing irregularities. Ecstatic opposition supporters marched through the city to celebrate 'historic' court decision. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: Supreme Court annuls election outcome, orders new poll within 60 days

Photo: Diane Rwigara

Rwanda: Where is political activist and Kagame’s opponent, Diane Rwigara?

By Brandon Finn
Photo: A photograph taken on 19 November 2015 shows Internally Displaced Person (IDP) women working at Saint Sauveur IDP camp. EPA/STR

Op-Ed: Central African Republic – a fractured failed state slipping towards the unthinkable

By Frank Charnas
Photo: Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the Zambia opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND), sits in the public gallery listening during a question and answer session with president Jacob Zuma (not pictured) in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 August 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Hakainde Hichilema, DA call for an end to South Africa’s quiet diplomacy

Photo: Mozambican immigrant workers from South Africa take a warm drink at the Boane refugee camp in Moamba, Mozambique, 17 April 2015, after fleeing from the xenophobic attacks committed in South Africa. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

Op-Ed: Myths and misinformation obstruct path to a better migration environment

Main photo: Princess Diana, wearing a heavy duty protection vest and face shield, is accompanied by a mine clearing expert of the Halo Trust during her visit to the minefields in the high plateaux near Huambo, to watch mine-clearing operations in an area once on the frontline of the country's civil war, 15 January 1997. (EPA)

Twenty years after her death, Princess Diana's Angolan visit is still remembered

By Mercedes Sayagues
Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has suspended the referendum procedure to revise Mali’s constitution. File Photo: Studio Tamani

ISS Today: Mali’s suspended constitutional review provides vital lessons

Photo: President Jacob Zuma holding a tête-à-tête with President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of Congo during his official visit to South Africa on 25 June 2017 to attend the 10th session of the South Africa-Democratic Republic of Congo Bi-National Commission (BNC). (GCIS)

Op-Ed: SADC is a problem, not a solution to the DRC crisis

By Claude Kabemba
Photo: Joao Lourenco, the candidate of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) shows his marked finger after casting his ballot in the general elections at a polling station in Luanda, Angola, 23 August 2017. More than 9.3 million voters registered will elect in the General elections the President, Vice-President of the Republic and 220 deputies to the National Assembly. EPA/MANUEL DE ALMEIDA

The SADC Wrap: Angola votes in no-surprise poll, shortage of ARVs in Zimbabwe, Namibia sanctioned over North Korean ties

Photo: Abu Hurayra poses with an AK-47 in this photograph. His bandana reads lā ilāha illā-llāhu (There is no God but God), the first line of the shahada, an Islamic creed.

Iss Today: How will ISIS setbacks impact Africa?

Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe at a funeral of his sister Bridgette Mugabe, in January 2014. Photo: Aaron Ufumeli/(EPA)

#MugabeGate: A handbook to diplomatic immunity and impunity

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Cooperative banks are 100% owned by their members and can be used by citizens to service and uplift communities in disadvantaged areas. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/(EPA)

Notes from the House: What happened to the roll-out of co-operative banks in SA?

Photo: A handout photo made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 19 August 2017 shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivering his welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of States and Governments, in Pretoria, South Africa, 19 August 2017. Photo: EPA/KOPANO TLAPE

ISS Today: The mysterious allure of the Southern African Development Community

Photo: The Movement for Democratic Change, under the leadership of  Morgan Tsvangirai, is acquiring the attributes of the same monster that it tried to confront, according to the writer. Here Tsvangirai addresses the media at his official Harare residence on  3 August 2013.  Photo: Aaron Ufumeli/(EPA)

Op-Ed: Tsvangirai’s MDC has slowly evolved into a version of Zanu-PF

Photo: Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani returned to UCT for the first time since he clashed 16 years ago with the university over his attempts to ‘decolonise’ its curriculum. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

Mahmood Mamdani: Sixteen years on, UCT’s old nemesis returns to talk decolonisation

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Robert Mugabe in the Netherlands, 1982. (Photo: Hans van Dijk / Wikimedia Commons)

Gukurahundi Origins – Myth and Reality, part 4: The one-party state, 1980-1987

By Stuart Doran
Photo: President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso speaks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 13 November 2012. Photo:  EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

ISS Today: Is Congo-Brazzaville constructing a fractured ‘new republic’?

Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (L) walks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at Harare International airport, March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Solidarity over Justice: The ties that bind South Africa and Zimbabwe

Photo: Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth meets with Zambia's  President Edgar Lungu. Photo: Commonwealth.org

ISS Today: Can the Zambian intervention resuscitate the Commonwealth?

Photo: Former Benin’s President Nicéphore Soglo attends a forum during the 1st European Development Days in Brussels, November 16, 2006.  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Soglo and Benin: Democracy, more than a moment

By Greg Mills
Photo: President Jacob Zuma delivering his Welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of States and Government in Pretoria. South Africa is hosting the SADC Summit under the theme ‘Partnering with the private sector in developing the Industry and Regional Value Chains’, at the OR Tambo Building of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 19 August 2017. (GCIS)

SADC summit: Leaders pussyfoot around setting deadline for elections in DRC

Photo:  Grace Mugabe (R) speaks to her husband President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe (L) at a welcome home event at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Disgrace 2.0: Just like Omar al-Bashir, Grace Mugabe allowed to flee South Africa