Africa:Why Zuma’s Trial Matters for South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy

[The Conversation Africa] Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s court appearance carries huge significance for the country. That’s because his criminal trial is not merely about public outrage at state capture and corruption in high political offices.

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Africa:The AU Should Take a Stand On Burundi’s Constitutional Review

[ISS] Burundi will hold a referendum in May 2018 on a constitutional amendment that could enable President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in power past 2020. The proposed changes would weaken the representation of minority groups in Parliament and further threaten the Arusha peace deal that ended the 1993-2005 Burundian civil war.

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Nigeria:Nigerian Prisons Convert Humans to Animals – Govt

[Vanguard] Despite its modest efforts at restoring the lost primacy of the Nigerian Prisons Service, the federal government has lamented the rot in in the system, saying it will take years of sustained and continued interventions by all stakeholders to reverse the trend.

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Libya:Human Smuggling and Libya’s Political End Game

[ISS] Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a migration-focused unilateral intervention by Italy, which needed to show results to a frustrated electorate that has borne a lot of Europe’s migrant burden.

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Tanzania:Magufuli, Museveni Criticise ICC Interfering in Burundi

[Daily News] PRESIDENT John Magufuli has castigated the ICC for interfering with the Burundian affairs without consulting the leaders of the East African Community (EAC), a move that retrogress the progress realised by the regional block, so far.

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