October 21, 2016
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Malawi Polls:  Testing the Country's Institutions  
Analyst Dimpho Motsamai of Johannesburg-based Institute for Global Dialogue concerned that political parties often ignore the law

Conviction of MDC Legislators Threatens Party's Parliament Majority
Any Zimbabwe legislator convicted of more than six months in prison automatically loses his seat in the legislature

Malawi NGO Doubts Guarantees of Free and Fair Polls  
The Institute for Policy Interaction says the electoral process has been marred by irregularities

Insurgents in Somalia Attack Presidential Compound  
Somalia says coup attempt backed by foreign players

Britain, IMF Dispatching Teams to Zimbabwe for Dialogue, Technical Aid  
A team of British envoys led by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director Adam Wood is due in Harare next week to start exploring a renewed dialogue

Zimbabwe Exceeds Target of US$1 Billion Recovery Credits, But Still Cash-Poor  
Though it has secured credit lines of more than US$1 billion, the government has only raised US$35 million in cash from South Africa and China to meet its operating expenses

With Western Travel Warnings Lifted, Zimbabwe Moves to Revive Tourism  
The U.S., British, German and Japanese governments in recent weeks have lifted warnings against travel to Zimbabwe and its tourism authority wants to capitalize on that

South Africa Opposition Party Stands Firm Despite Leader’s Controversial Remarks  
South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance is considering taking legal action after its leader Helen Zille came under attack for remarks against new President Jacob Zuma.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Said Unhappy With ZANU-PF Hard Liners  
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused hard liners of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of hindering the progress of the unity government in its effort to jumpstart the country' faltering economy.

Nigerian Military Downplay Niger Delta Militants Threat  
Rabe Abubakar, spokesman for the Nigerian military's Joint Task Force in Niger Delta says nationals and expatriates in the region should go about their normal business without fear

Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer Arrested in Zimbabwe  
Alec Muchadehama tells VOA he is accused of 'obstruction of justice'

African Elections Project Launched in Malawi  
Commentators say project will expose Malawi’s elections to wider world

Small Businesses in Malawi Advise Presidential Candidates  
Businesses want a pro-business agenda

Mogadishu Fighting Approaches Presidential Palace
Red Cross says dozens killed, more than 400 wounded

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