Spotlight TOGO 07/03/2018

Faure coached by his peers in outfoxing the opposition

Forced to reopen dialogue with his opponents, the Togolese president is being discretely urged by the majority of his sub-regional counterparts not to loosen his grip on power one iota. An investigation. Referendum - Having succeeded his father Gnassingbe Eyadema in [...]

Corridors of power

Alassane Ouattara forges ahead alone towards 2020

Isolated in his ivory tower, the Ivorian president wants to head off any potential challengers to his continuing rule. Analysis. [...]

The inquiry into the A340 of Air Inter 1 stalls

The airline boss has been languishing in prison for seven months with no prospect of a trial. He denies being the owner of the aircraft. [...]

Ali Bongo's Teke relatives make a comeback

After some very lean years, the inhabitants of Haut-Ogooue are returning in force to senior positions in strategic public bodies. Analysis. [...]


The cost of Nana Akufo-Addo's mediation

Faure Gnassingbe's government has had to put its hand in its pocket to secure Ghana's involvement in talks with the opposition. Exclusive. [...]

Obiang Nguema runs roughshod over the opposition Free

As usual after reports of an umpteenth attempted coup (the most recent dating back to late December), the Equatorial Guinean [...]

Sassou Nguesso purges the judiciary

At a meeting of the Conseil superieur de la magistrature [...]

Faure ignores the IMF

Faure Gnassingbe has disregarded the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which [...]

Business circles


Why Ali Bongo unceremoniously dumped Veolia

Above and beyond the tense financial climate in Gabon, this decision reflects state mismanagement and Ali Bongo's desire to edge out French business interests. [...]

Madrid branches into energy

In the space of a few months, two firms have shaken up the status quo. [...]

Ructions over the liquidation of Libya's GreenN

The liquidation being overseen by Goodwill is conflicting with the interests of businessman Biamary Coulibaly, the boss of MIR. The low-down. [...]

Sisco International's claim is handled at a local pace

Four years after successfully claiming a sum of €22 million [...]


Accor banks on its travelling salesman Sarkozy to boost business

Nicolas Sarkozy remains very active in his business lobbying of [...]

Suez's honeymoon with Beijing

In a further illustration of cooperation between France, China and [...]

Air Burkina bolsters its fleet as the private sector beckons

Engaged in a major restructuring ever since the Aga Khan [...]

Cadmos and Bird & Bird advise Ould Abdel Aziz on fibre optic

The merchant bank La Compagnie Financiere Cadmos, founded by the [...]

CMB retains the services of Colonel Pascal Jouanique

The Compagnie miniere du Baffing (CMB), the subsidiary of IC [...]


Georges Angama reaches a deal with Sheraton

The MD of Societe des lagunes (SDL), Georges Angama, has [...]

Souleymane Cissé's Senate consolation prize

In early March, the chairman of the board at the [...]

Power brokers

Raoul Ominga named SNPC head to appease the Mbochi clan

On 28 February, Raoul Ominga, a consensual figure within the Mbochi clan of Oyo, the birthplace of Denis Sassou Nguesso, [...]

Martine Coffi-Studer set to get her land back

The legal dispute between Martine Coffi-Studer and Adama Bictogo is on the verge of being settled. Prime Minister Amadou Gon [...]

Antoine Francis Mbou, Ali Bongo's new spymaster

Originally slated as the new commander of the Forces de police nationale (FPN), Antoine Francis Mbou was ultimately appointed on [...]

Joshua Osih set for a rocky electoral ride

John Fru Ndi, the leader of the main opposition party, the Social Patriotic front (SPF), who has stood against Paul [...]

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