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Zanzibar’s Political Crisis: A Timeline
Zanzibar’s Political Crisis: A Timeline
Al-Shabaab’s attacks in East Africa: A timeline
Al-Shabaab’s attacks in East Africa: A timeline
Interactive / Africa

Zanzibar’s Political Crisis: A Timeline

Zanzibar’s 2020 election looks set to be fiercely contested. It could also trigger another potentially violent fallout between the ruling party and opposition. Both sides cut off ties and broke channels of dialogue following the controversial annulment of the 2015 vote, which the opposition claims to have won.

A crackdown on the opposition and civil society both on the mainland and in Zanzibar by Tanzania’s president John Magufuli adds to the climate of uncertainty.

Crisis Group’s recent briefing on Zanzibar’s history of contentious, often violent elections, calls on authorities to do more to guarantee a credible vote including by dropping controversial amendments to electoral law that tilt the field further in the ruling party’s favour.

Interactive / Africa

Al-Shabaab’s attacks in East Africa: A timeline

Five years after an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, Al-Shabaab appears committed to striking targets across East Africa. Security crackdowns have blunted its capacity to stage regular assaults, but complacency could roll back those gains, as could failure to engage with communities in which the group recruits.

Starting from Al-Qaeda’s first major attack in East Africa, this timeline tracks Al-Shabaab’s advances and setbacks in Somalia, as well its attacks in Uganda and Kenya.