Africa News Roundup: Protests in Nigeria and Sudan, New PM in Ethiopia, Senate Scrapped in Senegal, and More

Following protests in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere this week, Muslims protested yesterday in Jos, Nigeria and Khartoum, Sudan against an inflammatory anti-Islamic video. The Chief Imam of Jos Central Mosque called for restraint and discouraged the turn to street protests.

Ethiopia is expected to name a new prime minister this weekend, to replace the late Meles Zenawi.

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Senegal’s National Assembly voted Thursday to disband the country’s Senate as a means of freeing up funds for flood relief.

Also in Senegal, a Gambian opposition group sets up shop.

Burkina Faso will hold legislative elections on December 2. The opposition (French) has written to President Blaise Compaore complaining that only 55% of voting-age citizens are registered to vote, and calling for a delay of the elections until 2013.

Leaders from the northern branch of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement were in Washington, DC this week, meeting with officials at the State Department.

What else is happening?

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5 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: Protests in Nigeria and Sudan, New PM in Ethiopia, Senate Scrapped in Senegal, and More

  1. Nigerian Christians in US meet to form an anti-Boko Haram lobby. http://saharareporters.com/news-page/nigerian-church-groups-us-form-anti-boko-haram-lobby

    There is a strong feeling among the Christian community that the US Foreign Service is full of “Boko Haram sympathisers”, so this meeting is to form an effective lobby group.

    This, I think, represents the first diaspora lobby group in North America (the Nigerian diaspora in the US is overwhelmingly Southern and Christian). What political impact could these people have? Time will tell.

    The list of participants is impressive: the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Catholic Church, Christian Apostolic Church, CAC, Celestial Church of Christ, CCC, while the Nigerian Anglicans, Winners Chapel and Christ Life Ministries pastors and leaders have also indicated their support for CANAN.

    The Catholic Church is dominant in the South-East, while the Redeemed Christian Church of God has a very significant and growing presence in the South-West.

    This grouping is a major fallout of Ayo Oritsejafor’s address to the US congress in July.

    If one recalls the leading role Nigerian Anglicans played in “resisting innovation” in the Anglican communion and the alliance with Evangelical lobbyists, then we could be due for some sharp fights.

    Will be interesting to see how this pans out.

  2. Pretty far south, but if this site mentions it so will I. Jay Ulfelder has an article on South African democracy. To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if it did go authoritarian. Most interesting is the suggestion that either a new democracy will crash in its first fifteen to twenty years or it will have roughly the same likelihood of becoming authoritarian every year after that.

    http://dartthrowingchimp.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/the-looming-threat-to-democracy-in-south-africa/

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