Small, oil-rich Gabon will vote for president on Aug. 27. A victory for incumbent Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose father was president of Gabon for more than 40 years, would reinforce patterns of dynastic succession in small African countries that are ostensibly democracies, but in reality autocracies.
Last week, the IMF agreed to a tentative deal with Egypt to loan it $12 billion over three years. The bailout is long overdue, but it could see the kinds of painful economic measures, like cutting subsidies, that will hurt the poorest Egyptians the most and add to the country’s political mess.
In June, gay rights activists in Cameroon were dealt a disheartening setback when parliament voted to retain a notorious anti-gay provision in the penal code dating back to 1972. In the past decade, though, activists have gradually chipped away at longstanding taboos about sexual minorities.