The political antics of the coming months could set the tone for the next 20 years, writes Richard Calland.
African leaders are set to discuss economic recovery for countries affected by war and the Ebola virus at the African Union summit in Adis Ababa.
The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of their May elections.
Botswana's executive has accepted a high court ruling that protects "free and fair election" through a secret ballot, as opposed to a show of hands.
Midterm poll defeat will rattle presidential heir-apparent Hillary Clinton.
The left has run the country since 2003, but now is presented with a very real threat from the conservative elite.
We take a look at the context behind the Hong Kong protests – which saw more than 100 000 people take to the streets of the city.
Top politicians and businesspeople have been cited in a US court case over disputed mining rights in Guinea.
The Southern African Development Community's guidelines lean towards election observation rather than election management, writes Webster Zambara.
The 'blood election' has been widely denounced – but it strengthens Al-Assad’s regime regardless.
President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Peter Mutharika and assured him of South Africa's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Malawi.
An upstart political party made surprising gains in Spain's European elections, but it has to turn its sudden success into long-term support.
The final vote count in Malawi's controversial elections will only be released once court challenges have been resolved.
Ukraine's next president, Petro Poroshenko, will not negotiate with armed separatists but is open to dialogue, provided they reject violence.
A lack of trust in the mainstream leadership is driving EU voters to look at more radical options in this week's polls.
Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia will hold crucial polls this year, writes Webster Zambara.
Seats in Parliament are calculated by a system of proportional representation based on votes. This graphic shows seat allocations after each election.
In his e-book "No Country For The Poor", journalist Azad Essa tracks the path of two countries which head to the polls. Here is an excerpt.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to "wipe out" the social media service, setting him against President Abdullah Gul and drawing public fury.