Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS nations – held talks in Durban, South Africa, last week. A raft of business and trade deals were reached but the summit did not see the launch of a much-anticipated new development bank, with delegates saying further talks are needed. The theme for this year’s meeting was ‘BRICS and Africa’ – many see this relationship as a match made in heaven but the reality is far more complex and uncertain.
Michel Djotodia, the Central African Republic’s self-proclaimed president, has announced a new transitional government. Nicolas Tiangaye is to remain as prime minister and Djotodia pledged to step down in 2016 when elections are to be held. Djotodia and thousands of Seleka rebels deposed former president François Bozizé in a coup on 24 March after accusing him of failing to honour a peace agreement signed in January.
President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti has appointed a new prime minister amidst ongoing unrest in the country. The opposition, led by a coalition called the Union for National Safety, has been protesting over the results of February’s parliamentary elections which they claim was marred by fraud. Hundreds of protesters have been detained and at least six have been killed.
Below are a few highlights from the past week:
|Land, Labour, and South Africa’s Tumultuous Agrarian Landscape|
|The 'Gang of Three', 'Midnight Six' and 'Daniel Phiri': Unpacking Malawi's Alleged Coup Plot|
|ATT: "Let the World Know that Africa Will Not Agree to a Weak Treaty"|
|A Small-Scale Farmer's Story in Malawi: Fertiliser, Planting and Dry Spells|
|BRICS in Africa: A Development Dream?|
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