It's been a week now since the Swazi parliament voted overwhelmingly to boot out the country's Cabinet. And yet nothing has happened. MPs remain steadfast in their determination to remove the executive, while the widely-loathed Prime Minister remains in office - as do his equally unpopular ministerial colleagues. And King Mswati III remains silent and undecided. Meanwhile, Swaziland suffers - adding a constitutional crisis to its already existing economic, social and judicial crises.

While there were celebrations both in Lesotho and around the region when the opposition won the elections in 2012 and power was peacefully handed over, no one was entirely sure how the new government would cope – not only because Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had been in charge for so long but also because it was a coalition government.

Let’s start with the good news – the lower chamber of the DRC parliament has finally begun discussing a bill to reform the national electoral commission (CENI), which played such a pivotal role in the shameful presidential and parliamentary elections of November 2011.

The re-introduction of multi-party politics in the early 1990s in Africa led to a renewed interest in institutions of democracy. This auspicious wave of pluralism has not, however, produced effective and efficient Parliaments to underpin the democratisation process. On the contrary, most of Africa’s young democracies are still characterised by dominant executives, not-so-independent judiciaries, and weak Parliaments.

SADC-Parliamentary Forum adopts Southern Africa Resource Barometer

SADC-Parliamentary Forum adopts Barometer

Luanda - O colectivo de arte Twana Twangola realiza, de 02 e 03 do corrente mês, em Luanda, o I Fórum Nacional das Organizações Comunitárias de Bases (OCBs), sob o lema “participação das crianças no processo de governação nas escolas e comunidades”. Numa nota enviada hoje à Angop, a organização avança que a realização do evento visa a recolha de subsídios contribuitivos para o desenvolvimento da criança angolana.

Zambia will have a draft constitution by the end of September. A host of deadlines have already come and gone but this one will not be missed says the Technical Committee tasked with drafting the country’s new Supreme Law. But don’t hold your breath.

The current drafting process has already been a torturous ten years in the making, and the goal posts for completion of the final draft have been moved so many times that there was no round of applause over this latest announcement.

The AfriMAP report finds ample evidence to suggest that democracy in Malawi is working, albeit with some obvious challenges – and makes a series of recommendations to address these.

As the final battle over Zimbabwe’s draft constitution approaches, most of the focus is on the big political issues, like presidential powers, and the scope of the bill of rights. But as clashes over these topics intensify, other critical subjects are likely to be side-lined – such as critical clauses to do with debt management.

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