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Weekly Newsletter 17 December 2012

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Dear Reader,

The national conference of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC), at which the ruling party’s top six positions will be selected, began in Mangaung this weekend. Following events today, it seems likely that that all of President Jacob Zuma’s favoured candidates will be elected. 2012 has been an eventful year for the ANC both because of political infighting and a wave of strikes that epitomised South Africa’s deepening socio-economic and political problems.

Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) has claimed that it has amassed enough evidence to support its claims that the elections earlier this month were marred by widespread fraud. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was declared to have outperformed the NPP, but the NPP has threatened to take the matter to court. Regardless of the outcome, it seems many facets of the campaign this year will continue to shape the next four years in Ghana.

Mali’s new prime minister, Diango Cissoko, has formed a new government, though many key positions remain unchanged. Cissoko, a veteran civil servant, replaced Cheick Modibo Diarra who is believed to have been forced to resign by those behind Mali’s coup in March. Although power officially transferred to civilian rule, the coup leaders continue to exert plenty of power and influence.

Talks between representatives of the M23 rebels and the Congolese government are ongoing in Kampala, Uganda. But with the M23 internally divided, no firm and neutral mediators, and all the key individuals absent, there is a danger the negotiations could fail and sow the seeds for another conflict a few years down the line.

North: Tunisia: General Strike May Be Averted, For Now

West: Where Next for Ghana's Democracy?

Central: Negotiating with the DRC Rebels: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce?

East: Kenya: Gender Equality Frustrated Ahead of Elections

South: South Africa: The Meaning of Marikana

Below are a few highlights from the past week:

All the best,

The Team at Think Africa Press