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Africa News: What's ahead for 2012 in Africa


The Economist predicts that no elections will be held in Zimbabwe in 2012. Here, ZANU PF supporters welcome Zimbabwe President and party leader Robert Mugabe upon his arrival at the party's 12th National People's Conference in Bulawayo, on December 8, 2011. The yearly conference of President Robert Mugabe's party starts as he pushes for Zimbabwe to hold elections next year and to rally his divided ranks behind his campaign to defeat Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.


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Having survived the inevitable end-of-year-list section of the journalistic calendar, it is now time for the-year-ahead-forecast, of course.

The Economist's Baobab blog about all things Africa has a handy rundown that takes in most of the southern bit of the continent.

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Among other things, it predicts:

  • Trouble ahead for Swaziland and Malawi
  • Gradual betterment for Mozambique and Botswana
  • Ill-health and no elections for Zimbabwe

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