Monthly Archives: January 2011

News: Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire: AU Leaders Soften Stance On Gbagbo The current stand-off between Laurent Ggagbo and Alassane Ouattara in Ivory Coast raises serious questions about the legitimacy and ability for intervention of international bodies in African national politics. While Ouattara was declared winner of the November … Continue reading

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News: Egypt

Egypt set for mass protest as army rules out force The Egyptian army has ruled out the use of force to ‘silence “legitimate” demands for democratic reforms in the Arab world’s largest country’. (The Guardian).

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Mapping demonstrations in Khartoum

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News: Southern Sudan

Nearly all southern Sudanese voted for secession Official preliminary results of independence vote shows nearly 99% support for break up of Africa’s largest country.

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Realpolitik in Guinea

From its independence in 1958 to 2008, Guinea has only been ruled by two dictators, Sékou Touré and Lansana Conté. After a bloodless coup in December 2008, the army promised a rapid “democratic transition” which was only democratic in name. … Continue reading

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Richard Dowden’s Blog

One particular blog which might be useful to those with an interest in current African affairs is that of Richard Dowden; journalist, author, and current Director of the Royal African Society.

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Egyptian government on last legs, says ElBaradei The return of Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei to his homeland yesterday undoubtedly raises the stakes in the conflict between protesters and the ruling Hosni Mubarak regime. Having undertaken an information blackout by disabling … Continue reading

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