African Country Profiles

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 22:57

BOTSWANA

POPULATION : 1,586,119
AREA : 600,370 SQ KM
CAPITAL : GABORONE

 

At a glance

Politics: The ruling party has won all 10 elections since independence in 1966. Controversy surrounds the forced relocation of bushmen from their traditional hunting grounds.
Economy: Recent economic growth has been high by African standards. The government sees diversification out of diamonds as a priority
International: Botswana plays an active role in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) economic grouping and has supplied troops for intervention in other parts of Africa

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 22:37

BENIN

POPULATION : 6,590,782
AREA : 112,620 SQ KM
CAPITAL : PORTO-NOVO

At a glance

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Politics: President Yayi won elections in 2006, replacing Mathieu Kerekou, who was in office for most of the time since he seized power in 1972
Economy: Benin to benefit from G8 commitment to write off debt. It is pressing Western cotton producing countries to compete more fairly by cutting subsidies to their farmers
International: Thousands of Togolese refugees have yet to return home

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 22:25

ANGOLA

POPULATION : 10,366,031
AREA : 1,246,700 SQ KM
CAPITAL : LUANDA
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At a glance

Politics: President has been in power for 30 years. Oil-rich enclave of Cabinda has been embroiled in a long-running independence struggle
Economy: One of Africa's leading oil producers, but most people still live on less than US $1 a day. Experiencing a post-war reconstruction boom
International: China has promised substantial assistance to Angola, one of its main oil suppliers

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:15

ALGERIA

POPULATION : 31,736,053
AREA : 2,381,740 SQ KM
CAPITAL : ALGIERS

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