The biggest Africa stories of 2017

Published 6:27 AM ET, Thu January 5, 2017
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Former world footballer of the year George Weah could add another notable triumph this year when he stands in the Liberian presidential elections. STR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The second phase of the world's largest concentrated solar power plant in Morocco will be completed in 2017. FADEL SENNA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The $4 billion Standard Gauge Railway project connecting Kenyan capital Nairobi with port city Mombasa is expected ot be operational this year. kenya railways
Rising power Rwanda is targeting horticulture as an engine of economic growth and its major flower companies are set to expand in 2017. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Many major commodity prices dipped in 2016, affecting resource-dependent African economies. The new year could see limited recovery for commodities such as iron ore. STRINGER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Kenya heads to the polls in August to determine whether President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) will continue in power. Pool/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Libya is among the African states plagued by ongoing violent conflict, and there is little prospect of a resolution in 2017. MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The continent will look to Gabon in January for the Africa Cup of Nations to see if the Ivory Coast can retain the title they won in 2015. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images