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20 July 2017

The two current frontrunners to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress at the next ANC Elective Conference in December are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. While both are very accomplished, neither has a perfect track record and each has failings or perceived weaknesses.

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  • 19 July 2017
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    Chinese and US officials will meet in Washington on 19 July for the US-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. Timor-Leste will hold its parliamentary election on 22 July.

  • 12 July 2017
    What’s Next?

    The Japanese, US and Indian navies will complete the Malabar joint military exercise in the Bay of Bengal on 17 July.  Nelson Mandela International Day, marking the former leader’s birthday and legacy, is 18 July.

  • 4 July 2017
    What’s Next?

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will join French President Emmanuel Macron for an official declaration and working dinner in Paris on 8 July. The PM will also formally open the new Australian Future Submarine Office in Cherbourg.

  • 27 June 2017
    What’s Next?

    The President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace on 28 June. In South Africa, the ANC will hold its fifth National Policy Conference from 30 June to 5 July.


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