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President Lungu requests emergency powers in Zambia

President Edgar Lungu has sought parliamentary approval for extra powers in a move that could lead to a State of Emergency in Zambia. Listen here for the audio as DiA brings you the story first…

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Kenya’s 2017 elections

Are you researching the Kenyan elections of 2017? Are you looking for a place to publish your work? If so, then click through for more information because Nic Cheeseman, Karuti Kanyinga, Gabrielle Lynch, Mutuma Ruteere, and Justin Willis are acting as guest editors for a special issue, and they want to hear from you …

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Ghana’s new Chief Justice has a tough job on her hands

The country’s second female Chief Justice inherits a judiciary that is still reeling from an undercover media investigation that revealed endemic corruption, writes Michael Gyekye.

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48 opposition MPs suspended in Zambia, as IMF props up government

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman responds to the news that 48 opposition MPs have been suspended as Zambia begins to finalise an economic rescue package with the IMF.

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The moral economy of elections in Africa

Livestream the lecture by Professors Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis from the British Academy at 6:00pm UK time today (Tuesday 13 June), and access the powerpoint slides and other links to blogs and journal articles.

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Four ways the Kenyan election could be rigged – and how to stop it

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the prospects for election rigging in the Kenyan general election on 8 August, and what can be done about it.

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Tanzania – President Magufuli versus the investors

Michaela Collord takes a look at the impact of President Magufuli’s populist policies in Tanzania, after a special presidential committed issued a report alleging that Acacia mining has been deliberately under reporting the amount of gold in containers being held in Dar es Salaam.

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Is Africa becoming more democratic?

In celebration of Africa Day, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman considers whether Africa is becoming more democratic, and argues that things look better than you might think …

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Elections, leaders and the politics of the primaries in Kenya

Duncan Otieno reflects on the controversial party primaries in Kenya and argues that it is in the interests of party leaders to embrace the recent upsurge in independent candidates.

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Natural resources and resistance in Western Sahara

Joanna Allan explores the roots of resistance in Western Sahara, reflecting on how oil, phosphates and the struggle against colonialism have played out in a state that is all too often overlooked in contemporary coverage of African politics.

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