Topic: Democratic Republic of the Congo
As recent events in Egypt have shown, international support for aging despots can wane quickly once crowds hit the street and violence kicks off. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, in power now for 25 years, already faces declining support outside of his country – but it's unlikely he's going anywhere just yet. It's almost certain he'll win the official count in today's presidential election. Here are some reasons why the international community might not want to push Museveni too hard:
02/18/2011 11:58 am
How to tap Uganda's relatively new oil finds is dominating politics in the country's oil-rich east ahead of Friday's presidential and parliamentary election.
02/17/2011 07:05 am
Soaring food prices – such as wheat, which has hit a 2-1/2-year high – could feed political tumult in Africa, despite earlier proclamations that an Egypt-style revolt would not spread to sub-Saharan Africa.
02/15/2011 12:05 pm
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has disaffected youth and poverty, but political networks there are not strong enough to sustain large protests against a government that would likely use force.
02/14/2011 01:47 pm
The largest country in Africa was also a microcosm for the continent's many challenges. Will a newly independent South Sudan lead the way?
02/09/2011 03:40 pm
South Sudanese voted overwhelming in January for independence. Now, they face the reality of building the world's newest nation – from printing new currency to collecting taxes.
02/07/2011 03:53 pm
Foreign investors see Africa as a breadbasket. Done well, investment could help with African hunger but create food security for the rest of the world.
02/06/2011 12:57 pm
Congo's national army and the Forces Républicaines Fédéralistes reached a breakthrough in peace negotiations this week, which could improve the situation for civilians in the region.
02/02/2011 02:57 pm
Guest blogger Laura Seay expresses doubts about the potential for 'naming and shaming' to convince companies to eliminate Congo's conflict minerals from their supply chain.
01/19/2011 03:21 pm
Africa Monitor Congo's Kabila revises Constitution: presidential candidates now only need a plurality
Congolese President Joseph Kabila altered Congo's election laws, eliminating the run-off system and allowing the candidate with a plurality to claim the presidency.
01/19/2011 03:09 pm