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Last Updated: Monday, 26 December 2005, 12:35 GMT
Africa in cartoons in 2005

Nigerian cartoonist Tayo Fatunla gives his take on Africa in 2005. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged that this year he would put Africa's problems at the centre of the world stage.

But critics say that despite the UK's presidency of the G8 and European Union this year, the scales remain firmly weighted against Africa.

Problems have also emerged among some of the UK's key allies including Uganda, with the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, and Ethiopia with deadly post-poll protests.

Whilst Africa's failure to deal with Zimbabwe - where 700,000 people lost their jobs or homes in a demolition programme this year - remains a source of frustration for the West.

Yet there was good news in Liberia, which emerged from years of war to vote for Africa's first elected female leader, despite bitterness from her rival, ex-footballer George Weah.

And Liberia's neighbour Sierra Leone completed its symbolic transition from brutal civil war to democracy in December when the last UN peacekeeper left.

Successful polls were also held elsewhere, although violence was often a feature. And Malawian politics got dirty, as the president ditched the party that saw his 2004 poll victory.

There was sadness for Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo, when his wife Stella died after cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Spain, prompting much comment in Nigeria's lively press.

Whilst Nigerian travellers were left with a dilemma. Should they still fly after a spate of plane crashes - or risk the even more dangerous alternative of going by road?

But one theme remained a constant throughout the year, with African migrants often prepared to go to extreme measures to leave the continent and seek their fortunes overseas.




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