Congo-Kinshasa: Slamming the Door On Democracy

[ISS] Martin Fayulu, leader of the Lamuka coalition and winner of the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – but who is not the new president – wrote to Africa’s leaders gathered for last week’s African Union’s (AU) summit.

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Africa: Emperor Haile Selassie Statue Joins List of Troubled Memorials

[The Conversation Africa] The unveiling of a statue to the Emperor Haile Selassie outside the African Union has stirred up a storm among Ethiopians and Eritreans. Some, including the Rastafarian community who still worship the Emperor as a god, were delighted. Others were furious, recalling his role in the 1973-74 famine or his suppression of Eritrean freedom.

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Cyril Ramaphosa has made uneven progress in repairing South Africa

IVY RAMAPHOSA is used to visitors. Most weeks callers will knock on the door of her home in Soweto, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. They come trying to reach her brother, Cyril, who moved here with Ivy and their family in 1963, during the apogee of apartheid.

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Africa: As People Flee War and Disaster, Countries Lose ‘Billions’ – Study

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde – People fleeing war, natural disasters or violence within their own countries could be costing countries a combined $13 billion a year, a new study released on Wednesday revealed.

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