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  • Top 5 Elections To Watch In Africa And Predictions For 2017

    elections to watch in Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 11:03 am AFKI Original

    Presidential term limits are a slippery thing. Occasionally they can seem like a good idea. Most of the time, not so much. That’s what makes these five upcoming African elections so riveting. Everyone is watching to see who replaces Liberia’s popular Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — Africa’s first female president. Will it be a former soccer player, or the ex wife of former Liberian President Charles Taylor? He was convicted of aiding crimes against humanity. She’s one of the most powerful woman in Liberian politics. Or it may be a former Coca-Cola executive, a former central bank governor or an attorney.

  • Do Ethiopia’s Oromo People Have A Better Alternative For Modern Democracy?

    By Dana Sanchez, 10:53 am

    They made headlines around the world when peaceful protests against government land use changes turned violent. Now Oromo voices are being heard thanks to an entity more often associated with tourism than governance — UNESCO. The traditional Oromo governance system, Gada, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Gada could be a basis for modern democracy, researchers say. Gada has some features that differ from western democracies. One is the distribution of power. Another is a testing period for elected leaders.

  • Opinion: Trump’s Leadership Traits Are Bad News For Democracy In Africa

    Trump’s leadership traits By Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm

    Trump is tribal. His campaign to make America great became a motto for a return to an America dominated by white Christian men. This appeal to ethnic rather than civic nationalism has a long history in Africa’s failed democratic experiments. Trump doesn’t accept criticism, whether in the media or from human rights groups. Repression of both has a long history in Africa. Trump’s example should alarm those in Africa who advocate for greater government transparency and accountability.

  • Ethiopia Could Overtake Kenya This Year As Top East African Economy

    Ethiopia could overtake Kenya By Staff, 12:01 am

    Ethiopia’s economy is expected to overtake Kenya’s this year, buoyed by massive government spending on infrastructure. The IMF estimates Ethiopia’s GDP will grow to $69.21 billion this year, narrowly edging out Kenya’s at $69.17 billion. Kenya is viewed as more democratic than Ethiopia, where authoritarian rule is marked by crackdowns on the press and its own citizens, such as the Oromo. Kenya also has a more open economy, while Ethiopia closes most sectors of its economy to foreign investors.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Arab Spring

    Arab Spring By Lillian Mutiso, 7:50 am AFKI Original

    The Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests that rocked Middle East and the North African nations of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. It started on December 18, 2010 in Tunis, Tunisia. The revolution led to the fall of long standing regimes in the region. In Libya, various factions sprang up, trying to seize control of the nation. Most parts of the country are still relatively unstable

  • Buffett, Blair Back Kagame For Third Presidential Term In Rwanda

    By Dana Sanchez, 10:53 am

    Philanthropists have risk too, and losing Kagame is not a risk U.S. philanthropist Howard Buffet is prepared to take. A permanent resident of South Africa for more than 10 years, Buffett says he’s been to every country in Africa. Kagame brings certainty and stability to Rwanda — things that are very important to investors and aid agencies, Buffett said. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair moderated the discussion at the World Economic Forum. There are no term limits for Britain’s prime ministers. Blair won an unprecedented third term for the Labour party.

  • Opinion: Other African Presidents Should Copy Dos Santos

    By Staff, 9:15 pm

    That he is choosing to step aside is good for Africa and Angola. History has shown that peaceful transitions are the best guarantor of stability and prosperity. Angola is Africa’s second-largest oil exporter after Nigeria, and the prospect of long-term stability in Angola is good for the region and the continent. With Angola’s transition to democracy the whole southern region of Africa would be anchored by truly democratic states. it furthers the trend toward democratisation on the continent’s west coast as well.

  • Opinion: Promoting Freedom, Democracy Should Be U.S. Priorities In Africa In 2016

    By Staff, 12:06 am

    The U.S. should remain watchful of other countries’ growing influence in Africa. China’s need to protect its large investments in volatile areas of the continent resulted in changing its traditional non-interference policy in African countries’ internal affairs. Africa has more than enough opportunity for all, but nations such as China and Russia, which frequently challenge U.S. interests in other parts of the world, are likely to follow the same playbook in Africa.

  • Opinion: 12 Things Obama Should Do In Africa Before He Leaves Office

    U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a town hall-style question-and-answer session with participants from the Young African Leaders Initiative Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summi, Aug. 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty By Staff, 6:27 pm

    Obama traveled to Africa five times during his presidency but not to Nigeria, the continent’s largest Muslim country, largest democracy and largest economy. Nigeria’s economy is almost twice the size of South Africa’s and 30 percent larger than Egypt’s. Here are 12 things Obama should do in Africa before he leaves office in January 2017.

  • Rwandans To Vote Dec. 18 On 3rd Kagame Term In Constitutional Referendum

    3rd Kagame Term By Dana Sanchez, 8:30 am

    If the referendum passes, Rwandan President Paul Kagame could potentially remain in power until 2034. The U.S. and European Union warned that the move undermines democratic principles, prompting Kagame last week to criticize “other nations” for interfering in his country’s internal affairs. Kagame has been credited with with economic transformation that helped Rwanda recover from the 1994 genocide. Supporters say his continued stewardship would lead to further gains.

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