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What we’re reading, 13 January 2020

Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

Ethiopia's opposition parties merge as election fever rises

Ethiopian opposition parties formed a coalition ahead of national elections in May. The alliance includes Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Oromo Nationalist Party (ONP).

Chaos as police arrest Bobi Wine, planned meeting disrupted

Police in Uganda fired tear gas preventing musician and opposition leader, Bobi Wine from holding a public meeting, which aimed to outline his manifesto for next year’s election.

ORDU: Remove non-tariff barriers, overlapping blocs for a prosperous African market

The East African (pan-African) published an opinion piece discussing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Whilst highlighting that the AfCFTA’s will strengthen Africa’s trade links, the piece outlined areas for improvement around the need to integrate overlapping Regional Economic Communities (REC), and called for further infrastructure investments, specifically targeting highways, railways, airports and broadband connectivity to improve trade efficiency.

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