Cyril Ramaphosa (left) has succeed South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to lead the African National Congress.
President Jacob Zuma's camp is pushing to have him replaced by an interim leader as an excuse to prolong his disastrous rule for their own benefit.
Somaliland’s ruling party candidate and newly elected president Musa Bihi Abdi.
The self-declared territory of Somaliland has held peaceful elections since it broke away from Somalia in 1991. But last month's polls triggered protests that should be cause for reflection.
Zimbabweans welcome Emmerson Mnangagwa back from his brief exile in South Africa.
Zimbabwe's new leader needs to shake off his infamous reputation and the suspicion that he is merely another Mugabe in a younger frame.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, President-elect of Zimbabwe.
After the fall of autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe faces a difficult choice between the stability of a transnational government or a potentially divisive election contest.
Zimbabwe National Army commander Constantino Chiwenga, second from left, addressing the media.
Contrary to popular sentiment that the coup in Zimbabwe would usher in a new era of democracy, the military intervention is much more about a succession crisis in the ruling Zanu-PF.
The coup in Zimbabwe means Mugabe’s long and disastrous presidency is finally over. The questions that remain are the precise details and mechanics of the deal which secures his departure.
South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, faces a crucial, decisive but potentially divisive leadership choice.
For the first time since its unbanning the ANC needs to find a new direction. Its supporters and South African voters are no longer content with resolutions that promise to end to corruption.
Supporters of Joao Lourenco and the ruling MPLA during an election campaign rally in Luanda.
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Angola's recent election results showed the ruling MPLA losing support across the country. If opposition claims are to be taken seriously, the losses could be more severe than they appear.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa unwittingly fell for an old trick used to discredit politicians.
Instead of ignoring his accusers, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa entertained them, tried to silence them through court, and then revealed a long-past affair of little interest.
Opposition Kenyan leader Raila Odinga speaks out after the election was declared invalid.
By failing to provide details on what invalidated Kenya's election, the country's Supreme Court has created an impossible timeline for organising re-elections within 60 days.
Opposition supporters outside Kenya’s Supreme Court.
Some might see Kenya's presidential election petition as 'nuisance legislation'. But legal arbitration must be encouraged as an audit to the democratic process.
João Lourenço, set to become Angola’s president, is unlikely to bring any major changes.
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Angola's president-elect, João Lourenço, has a reputation for relative probity. But, he's unlikely to rock the boat as Eduardo dos Santos remains party chairman.
People queued to cast their votes in Kenya’s election. The final results have yet to be released.
Despite concerns about corruption, the high cost of living and a stagnating economy, Kenyans may have handed Uhuru Kenyatta a second term.
The cost of election campaigns in Kenya runs into billions of shilling.
In Kenya, the overwhelming majority of political contributions come from a tiny number of individuals. This model of financing turns politics into a high-stakes game that very often turns violent.
Election campaign posters in Kibera slum, Nairobi, ahead of the upcomig polls.
The two main candidates in Kenya's election are incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition's Raila Odinga. Polls have them neck-and-neck. Here's what you need to know about the key issues.
The DRC says presidential elections would probably not happen this year as President Joseph Kabila holds on to power.
President Joseph Kabila remains in office despite upheaval in the DRC. He can still save face and a change of heart could see him become the first Congolese president to relinquish power.
Lesotho voters wait patiently to cast their ballot.
Politics in Lesotho can look incredibly complicated, with a mish-mash of competing political parties and repeated military interventions. It’s a mess, but it’s not that hard to unravel.
As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
Malawi faces the biggest overhaul in its electoral system since the 1990s.
The proposed change to Malawi's electoral system is straightforward and makes logical sense. Yet it's more complex and if adopted would revolutionise local politics.
A protest against President Joseph Kabila. The poster reads: “Kabila must leave without any conditions”.
Attempts to deepen democracy in Africa by limiting presidential terms to two have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule. Glimpses of it persist, much against citizens' wishes.