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Newly elected northern Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci speaks to his supporters, April 26, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Karadjias).

Akinci’s Election Revives Hopes for Breakthrough in Cyprus Talks

By Ahmet Sözen
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Mustafa Akinci was sworn in as president of northern Cyprus yesterday, after defeating right-wing incumbent President Dervis Eroglu in Sunday’s election. Pledging to reach a deal on reunifying Cyprus, Akinci represents a major shift in Turkish Cypriot politics. But there are still issues to address in talks. more

Burkina Faso’s Electoral Reforms Test Fragile Transition

By Ernest Harsch
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Ambitious reforms pushed by activists within Burkina Faso’s interim government, including a new electoral code that effectively bars leading supporters of ousted President Blaise Compaore from running in October elections, could complicate the country’s transition. Holdovers of the old regime are in a position to push back. more

South Africa’s Zuma Faces Double Bind on Troubled Economy

By James Hamill
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The past two years have been deeply unsettling ones for South Africa’s economy, which like other emerging markets around the world, including the once-solid BRICS, is in a sea of trouble. That stands in sharp contrast to the established view of South Africa as an African powerhouse and emerging market leader. more