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Weekly Newsletter 27 August 2012

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Dear Reader,

Zimbabwe’s two main political parties – ZANU-PF and the MDC-T – are in fierce debates over the new constitution. President Robert Mugabe has demanded major amendments to the draft including removing a running mates clause whereby vice-presidents would be elected on joint tickets with presidents, but Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected calls for renegotiation and condemned the delay to proceedings. Some rights groups are also eager to see the new constitution ratified given its improved gender rights. Meanwhile, there are some concerns in Tanzania that their constitution consultation process will not allow all parties to air their views.

Following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, Think Africa Press has been assessing his time in office and his unique character. Meles was hugely influential in the Horn of Africa, central to Ethiopia’s politics and economy, and as intelligent as he was ruthless and repressive – it is unlikely the region will see a similar leader for some time. What a post-Meles era will look like remains to be seen.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is visiting Mali this week where more than 430,000 Malians have been displaced by conflict and food shortages. The conflict, involving many groups with different ideologies, has proven to be volatile and fluid, while relief agencies are concerned that a shortfall in funding will compromise their efforts in the region.

North: Egypt: Constituent Assembly Split Over Authority to Declare War

West: Understanding Northern Mali: Local Context is Everything

Central: Monkey Business: The Rise of Bushmeat

East: Meles Zenawi: Ruthless Visionary

South: Zimbabwe's Draft Constitution: ZANU-PF Rejects Running Mates Clause

Below are a few highlights from the past week:

All the best,

The Team at Think Africa Press