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Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe are no longer in power. Photo: Nehandra Radio

Rapid African Political Change May Spark Economic Revival In 2018

By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:18 am AFKI Original

Political change in Africa is rapidly happening in unexpected pockets. Observers are actively monitoring situations in certain countries, in particular South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, with an excitement for future socio-political change that could follow these headwinds. Yet all consideration of the current political movements suggest that the imagined economic change is not necessarily an easy sequel to the political prologue.

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