Africa’s stability and growth faces threats from armed militia

Egypt's new president Mohamed Morsi. But the transitional process is far from finished (photo:dpa)
Egypt's new president Mohamed Morsi. But the transitional process is far from finished (photo:dpa)

Africa’s economy could be transformed with its wealth of natural resources. But weak governments, terrorists and armed militia threaten the stability and development of much of the continent as the impact of North Africa’s Arab Spring reverberates across a wider region

THREE major risks face Africa’s stability and development. The weakness of governments and a huge growth of armed militia unconnected to legitimate power are among the biggest threats.

It is the consolidation of terrorist groups and traffic routes in the whole Sahel region, from Mauritania to Somalia; the escalation of violence in conflicts between Sudan and South Sudan and central Afr...

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