West Africa has emerged as the latest battleground in the turf war between AQ and ISIS. Extending beyond the borders of northern Mali into Niger, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire; the latest developments have political and commercial implications.
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The ruling Frelimo party has positioned itself as the sole arbitrator for negotiation and social mobility in Mozambique; and has developed a virtual monopoly over political and judicial positions, and holds influence over the private sector. In essence, Frelimo elites can be viewed as the gatekeepers of foreign investment.
The newly established Somali-Turkish relations is providing Erdoğan and his inner circle with a source of lucrative returns, which could soon be increased.
With political tensions at an all-time high, and the DRC on the brink of tumbling into political and civil chaos, the re-emergence of the M23 may very well be leveraged by Kabila as justification to retain political control.
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Resource distribution, like all forms of informal mechanisms in Nigeria, is linked to the practice of godfatherism, and it is via this dynamic that several of Nigeria’s key economic elite built their empires.
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works & Housing, is embroiled in a fresh scandal concerning the inflation and allocation of contracts. Having escaped scrutiny over corruption allegations, the question remains whether this new expose will force him to account.
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Although Ghana possesses many of the attributes of a successful state, it still faces various governance issues. Most significantly, political and legal have been manipulated by some members of the elite to retain and protect their respective political and economic status.
Following the death of the iconic UDPS leader Étienne Tshisekedi, the opposition is in disarray and its cohesive status is in jeopardy.