Heavily armed South Sudanese troops and police guarded key government institutions in the capital of Juba after the president suspended his Cabinet.
The UN has voiced fears about a new media law in Somalia only days after experts sounded the alarm over corruption in the country's new government.
Somalia's president has offered an amnesty to young pirates in a bid to end attacks off the coast as he seeks to rebuild the war-torn country.
The Mail & Guardian takes a look at the continent's new and not-so-new leaders who were elected into office this year.
Somalia's new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has survived an assassination bid after bomb blasts - claimed by al-Shabab - rocked a Mogadishu hotel.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is Somalia's new president after the 56-year-old university lecturer got the majority of votes in a second round of elections.