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Vote for Africa's defining moment 2005
It has been a momentous year for Africa, which began with the end of the continent's longest civil war in Sudan and the death of its longest-serving leader Gnassingbe Eyadema in Togo.

Garang (t l AP); Nigerian mother (t 2nd l AP), Johnson-Sirleaf (t 3rd f l AP), Ethiopian protester (t r), J Zuma (b l AFP), Angolan fan (b 2nd f l AP), Niger mother&baby (b 2nd f r), Besigye (b r AFP)
From politics to sport, it has been a momentous year for Africa

This title transferred to Gabon's Omar Bongo, who returned to office again in polls last month. Elections also saw Ethiopia wobble and Liberia stabilise.

The continent reverberated from the ecstatic whoops of joy of four qualifying World Cup debutants and from a crackdown on corruption which saw a South African deputy president sacked and a Nigerian governor impeached.

Now it's time for you to decide what you thought was Africa's defining moment of 2005 by choosing from the selection below and using the buttons on the right to vote.

Tune in on Sunday 25 December at 1700 GMT to listen to Focus on Africa to listen to a news review of the year.


Ethiopian policeman beats protester with the butt of his gun

Ethiopian demonstrations over May's disputed polls that saw the re-election of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi left more than 80 people dead and led to treason charges for opposition leaders.

Liberia's president elect, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Liberians voted for the first time since the end of the 14-year civil war and elected Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who on her inauguration next month will become Africa's first female elected head of state.

Mother and baby at a feeding centre in Niger

Donors ignored UN food aid appeals for Niger made in 2004 until images of people suffering from severe shortages were broadcast in July. Niger's president claimed the scale of the problem was exaggerated.


Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo promised a big shake-up of his country's aviation industry in December after two deadly air disasters in less than two months that killed more than 200 people.

South Africa
South African politician Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma was sacked as South Africa's deputy president in June and charged with corruption. His support within the governing ANC waned when he was later charged with rape, which he denies.

The late Sudanese southern rebel John Garang

Sudan's rebel leader John Garang died not long after being inaugurated as vice-president in July, putting the peace process in jeopardy. President Omar al-Bashir promised to implement it to the letter.

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye

Ugandan opposition leader and presidential hopeful Kizza Besigye returned from exile for the 2006 polls, but was arrested and charged with treason, terrorism and rape putting his candidacy at risk.

World Cup
Angolan football fans

Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo booked their places in October at next year's World Cup finals in Germany for the first time, which led to jubilant celebrations.

What was Africa's defining moment of 2005?
Ethiopia poll violence
Johnson-Sirleaf elected
Famine in Niger
Nigeria air disasters
Jacob Zuma sacked
Death of John Garang
Kizza Besigye arrested
World Cup hopes
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