All posts by: Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.

31 January 19

Sudan army insists it won’t let state fall to protesters

The Sudanese army has issued a statement insisting it will not allow the state to fall as weeks of anti-government protests continue.

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31 January 19

Tanzania: MPs grant government sweeping powers over political parties

Tanzania’s parliament has passed new amendments to legislation granting the government sweeping powers over political parties in the country.

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28 January 19

These are Africa’s fastest-growing economies in 2019

Despite growing speculation of a global economic crisis in 2020 and mounting challenges facing African nations, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank (AfDB) both predict overall growth in Africa will improve in 2019 and 2020. In the 2019
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27 January 19

South Sudan resumes oil production in former Unity state

South Sudan has resumed pumping oil in the former Unity state for the first time in five years.

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26 January 19

Ethiopia: Oromia state signs ceasefire deal with OLF

Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has signed a ceasefire deal with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebel group after months of sporadic violence in the region.

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25 January 19

DRC swears in Felix Tshisekedi as new president

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sworn in Felix Tshisekedi as its new president in the country’s first peaceful transition of power since becoming an independent nation.

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24 January 19

Was the DRC’s presidential election rigged?

Long before the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) finally held its long-delayed presidential election last month, speculation that the vote would be rigged was rife among large sections of the country’s political opposition. Initially, outgoing President Joseph Kabila was accused
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23 January 19

Ethiopia pardons 13,000 accused of treason, terrorism

Ethiopia has pardoned more than 13,000 people accused of treason or terrorism over the past six months, according to state-affiliated media.

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23 January 19

Kenya honours ‘selfless six’ who died in hotel siege

Kenya has held a memorial in Nairobi to honour six of those who died in last week’s terrorist attack on a popular hotel in the capital.

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22 January 19

Could violent protests in Sudan topple Bashir?

Over the past two weeks, Sudan has been gripped by anti-governmental protests with security forces opening fire on crowds with live ammunition on multiple occasions. The Sudanese government says at least 19 people have been killed in protest violence but
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