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Mali: Vote counting underway after Sunday poll

Malians on Sunday cast their ballots in a runoff presidential election overshadowed by security concerns, allegations of fraud and the threat of Islamist extremist violence. Incumbent president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, is the favorite, having won 41% of the vote in the first round two weeks ago while the challenger and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, […]

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Mali: German peacekeepers clean explosive devices from the “road of death”

German peacekeepers from MINUSMA, the United Nations Mission in Mali have embarked on a mission to patrol the “road of death”, searching for clues of explosive devices. Located in the southwest of Gao, in the middle of the savannah, the road is one of the most dangerous in the war-stricken northern region of the West […]

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Mali: Incumbent President Keita, rival Cissé in run-off poll

Mali’s presidential election will go to a run-off poll after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita failed to get enough votes to win a second term in office outright in the West African state. Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won 41.4 percent of the vote, while rival Soumaila Cisse won 17.8 percent, according to the Ministry of […]

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Togo, Guinea Bissau top agenda of ECOWAS leaders’ meeting in Lomé

Togo and Guinea Bissau have topped the agenda of the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held in Lomé, Togo on Tuesday. The summit, which was attended by all of the Heads of State of the regional bloc, was dominated by the political and security situations in Guinea […]

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Mali: 24 candidates vying for presidential office

More than eight million Malians went to the polls Sunday to choose their president among 24 candidates, including outgoing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, and ballots counting started. After a campaign marred by violent incidents and amid concerns that the vote could not be held in some restive areas, more than […]

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Mali: killings could undermine July’s presidential election – UN

The UN human rights office on Tuesday said killings of almost 300 Malian civilians in fighting between rival militias this year, could threaten the outcome of the upcoming presidential polls in the war-stricken nation. Mali’s incumbent president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita, who took office in 2013 and opposition frontrunner Soumaila Cisse are expected to be the […]

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G5 Sahel: General Hanena Ould Sidi takes control

It’s official. Mauritania’s deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi has been officially appointed to lead the combined five-nation “G5 Sahel” force. General Ould Sidi, a graduate of a Moroccan military school, has been appointed to replace General Didier Dacko who is G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander since 2017. General Didier Dacko has been […]

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West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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WAEMU: Economic activity remains strong

Economic activity remains strong in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) as countries of the regional bloc maintain their growth momentum. Forecasts predict a GDP growth of 6.8% for 2018, an improvement in compliance with the convergence criteria. Members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, also known by its French acronym, UEMOA, […]

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Mali: militants target G5-sahel headquarters

Islamist militants armed with rockets and explosives raided the headquarters of an African military taskforce in central Mali last weekend killing at least six people and wounding several soldiers, according to Mali’s defence ministry. According to a spokesperson for the G5 force, — a regional force created last year to root out jihadists in West […]

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