Africa’s top trouble spots in 2019 mapped

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A number of African countries have been mapped as possible trouble spots on which the African Union and the United Nations should keep a close watch this year, either due to elections or internal conflict.

Leading the pack is Nigeria, which will go to the polls in February, with President Muhammadu Buhari facing a challenge from former vice-president Atiku Abubakar in a country where elections are traditionally violent, even as the administration battles the Boko Haram militia.

The election has attracted 39 presidential candidates and President Buhari’s All Progressives Congress suffered massive defections to the opposition last year.

A recent report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) looking at Africa’s hotspots says that disputes between President…

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