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In his two years in power, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has only made a handful of official trips abroad, raising fears that his focus on domestic affairs is having a detrimental effect on Tanzania’s wider foreign policy.
A recent cabinet reshuffle appears to have increased President John Magufuli’s authority and control over Tanzania’s commercial industries and wider political landscape following the appointment of several alleged political allies to positions of influence.
Despite not having yet confirmed his intention to run for a second presidential term in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari is attracting support from all corners of the ruling APC. It remains the case that many politicians recognise the benefit of Buhari serving a second term, ostensibly benefits for their own further political or economic advancement.
Created to investigate corruption within the government, Ghana's newly appointed Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu faces the challenging task of investigating and prosecuting public officials found guilty of corruption, as questions remain as to the extent of the position's independence.
While the Catholic Church has consistently played an important role in the DRC's post-independence politics, it has become increasingly vocal in its criticism of Kabila's attempts to remain in power past the end of his mandate. Many observers now view the religious institution as an increasingly vital member of the civil society opposition movement.
Aliko Dangote’s new refinery – which is expected to be operational in 2019 –represents a huge potential boost for the Nigerian economy. Of equal interest, it will also secure Dangote’s eminent position in Nigeria’s economic and political circles, potentially at the expense of some politically-connected individuals who are alleged to have improperly profited from importing refined petroleum.
Nigeria has long been dominated by ethnic divisions, with many political relationships formed on the basis of ethnicity and region. While the Yoruba are one of the most populous and dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, its influence in political circles remains largely regional, with the exception of a few major political kingmakers.
After just one year, President Akufo-Addo's highly-publicised anti-corruption campaign appears to be faltering amid allegations of nepotism. Several influential positions within both Ghana's political and commercial spheres have since been filled by those with close connections to a number of NPP elites.
Nigeria’s various illicit networks enjoy varying degrees of political access and influence. In general, illicit networks have had little sway over the government in terms of influencing the decision-making process; but individually, each network is capable of impacting the country’s political, economic and social climates.
This is Part III of a three-part series reviewing the future of Africa’s electoral landscape. Today’s contribution looks towards elections in 2019 as the political landscapes in two of Africa’s biggest countries sit on a knife edge, amid allegations of corruption and broken promises.
This is Part II of a three-part series reviewing the future of Africa’s electoral landscape. Today’s contribution assesse elections that are scheduled over the coming 12 months – outlining potential outcomes, the key political players, and the methods through which incumbents will attempt to retain power in the face of increasing competition from strengthening opposition groups.
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This is Part I of a three-part series reviewing the future of Africa’s electoral landscape. Today’s contribution reviews the upcoming elections in the DRC and South Sudan – both have been subjected to various delays as their respective leaders attempt to legitimise their extended stays in power – as well as the aftermaths of various recent elections that are still playing out.