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Dossier February 2013

‘Democratic’ dynasties

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Nepotism does not only affect ‘presidents for life’. Even democratically elected heads of state have been accused of giving key posts to relatives. This might not be so for the much-criticized Jacob Zuma, the South African president, and for Nkosazana Dlamini: she was recently named head of the African Union and is the ex-wife of…

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Hereditary Republics

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Transforming power into a family business has been a temptation for North African leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak with their respective sons, Saif al-Islam and Gamal. The former in recent years tried to appear as a moderate and ‘reformist’ element in his father’s regime, but when the war in Libya broke out…

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Alone in command

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The four ‘grand old men’ in Guinea, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Cameroon have many ‘disciples’ all around Africa. Younger in age or in government duration, but similar in their steadfast hold on power, many with a past as soldiers or fighters. Actually, according to some analysts, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni might be preparing a dynastic-like succession…

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Africa : Kings (and dynasties) without crowns

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Officially, a mere three of the 54 African states are still ruled by monarchs: Morocco (where King Mohammed VI’s family claims a descent from the Prophet himself), Lesotho (ruled by King Letsie III since 1996), and Swaziland (under the absolute power of Mswati III since 1986). Nevertheless, Africa is full of ‘de facto’ kings and…

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Advocacy

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis advocates for poor countries’…

In his Easter Urbi et Orbi message, Pope Francis urged all nations to “meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not…

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Baobab

The Chimpanzee and the Crocodile.

0nce upon a time the chimpanzee and the crocodile were good friends. At midday, the chimpanzee would always go to the riverbank and call the crocodile:…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth Sowing Seeds Of Peace.

Starting afresh from children to build a peaceful future in Africa. Rely on their energies to transform the continent into a better place. This is the sense…

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