Law & Governance

The DR of Congo’s Controversial Election

On the 31st December 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo went to the polls to decide their next president. President Joseph Kabila did not seek re-election. Kabila had been in the role for the previous 18 years after the death of his father. Félix Tshisekedi won the election, resulting

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Sudan’s Political Crisis

WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN SUDAN? Recently, there have been anti-government demonstrations across Sudan. Protests began in the north-eastern city of Atbara on December 19th 2018. Since then, the protests have spread to Khartoum (the capital) and across the country. So far, hundreds of protesters, journalists, activists and opposition leaders

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Madagascar’s Presidential Elections And What They Mean For Democracy in Africa

The Madagascan presidential elections have been surrounded with controversy, mainly due to financial issues, gender inequality and claims of corruption. Presidential elections themselves are significant in helping to create a stable democracy, which surveys show many African citizens would prefer over other political alternatives. There are parallels between the problems

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Why is Africa’s population increasing?

The world’s population is increasing dramatically each year. With 1.2 billion inhabitants, Africa contributes massively to this population increase. The reason for this increasing population lies in two factors: birth rate and death rate. Due to improvements in medicine, Africa’s death rate is decreasing and people are living longer! However,

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Balancing victim’s interests and an open judiciary – a look at the Omotoso trial

100 cases of sexual violence are reported every day in South Africa. Hundreds more remain unreported. This week, the trial of Timothy Omotoso, accused of rape, has been broadcast on live television. This is the first rape trial to be broadcast and has attracted widespread attention and criticism. Those who

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Africa’s first elected female leader

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, known as Liberia’s ‘Iron Lady’, was the first woman to be elected as a head of state for an African country. She has been involved in politics in Liberia since 1971, and has had a wide ranging influence on the political situation there. Sirleaf comes from a

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Nigeria 2019: a preview

Next February Nigerians will go to the polls in what promises to be one of the most interesting elections in recent times. The current President Muhammadu Buhari of the All People’s Congress faces tough challenges from a variety of candidates. This includes Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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