On Tuesday, December 20 at 19:30 GMT:
After a year in which the countries of Africa faced the impact of climate change, overcame political and social challenges and celebrated sporting achievements, people across the continent are now looking forward to the new year.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll take a look at three stories in Africa that will make headlines in 2023.
Africa’s most populous country is preparing to hold general elections in February that will decide who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his second and final term.
Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, is expected to face a strong challenge from the People’s Democratic Party candidate Atiku Abubakar, who lost to Buhari in the 2019 election. Pedro Obi of the Labor Party is also expected to be firmly in the race.
Eligible voters across the country of 211 million people will also choose members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in the election. But as economic and security concerns weigh heavily on the minds of the electorate, there are concerns that the recent attacks on the electoral commission offices could undermine the free and fair conduct of the historic vote.
We will see the issues at stake in the final stretch of the campaign.
Sudan in transition?
Sudan’s military coup leaders and a coalition of pro-democracy civilian parties reached a framework agreement on December 5 that proponents hope will lead to a transitional civilian government and a new constitution.
But while members of the Forces for Freedom and Change say the internationally negotiated deal offers a new chance for lasting political reform after the failure of previous deals, it does not enjoy universal support.
Protesters allied with neighborhood resistance committees say the deal gives too much undue power to military and paramilitary groups and is a betrayal of those killed and injured in protests after the military takeover in October 2021.
We will ask what awaits Sudan in 2023.
Zimbabwe election season
Presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe are expected to take place sometime in 2023, in what is expected to be a close race between the president’s ruling ZANU-PF Emmerson Mnangagwa and the opposition Coalition of Citizens for Change, headed by nelson chamisa.
Millions of people across the country have long suffered from economic hardship and now daily power outages have made everyday life even more difficult. And in an increasingly contentious political environment, journalists covering political events have faced harassment and assault from party supporters, raising fears of widespread violence at election time.
We will look at the challenges facing the people of Zimbabwe in the run up to what could be a critical vote in the country’s history.
Joining us on this episode of The Stream:
ahmed idris, @ahmedtj66
Correspondent, Al Jazeera
Kholod Khair, @KholoodKhair
Political Analyst and Founding Director, Confluence Advisory
privileged visitor, @Musvanhiri
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