Uganda’s “Walk to Work” protests have taken on greater political intensity amid repeated arrests of an opposition leader and a crackdown from government security forces. Reuters and the New York Times report.
Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won a number of seats in the gubernatorial elections this week, including the opposition stronghold of Kano, but opposition parties have won seats in state assemblies.
Remittances from Senegalese workers living abroad made up 10% of the country’s GDP last year.
Representatives of Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Algeria met in Bamako, Mali yesterday to discuss counterterrorism efforts against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
North and South Sudan continue to argue about who will claim the oil-rich region of Abyei.
The war of words between Ethiopia and Eritrea continues.
As diverse social groups protest in Burkina Faso, it appears that the police and the army, at least, might accept mediation after meeting with President Blaise Compaore:
Some 400 soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers met Compaore Friday to discuss their concerns.
“I think the representatives of the different army bodies are aware that they have created unease both for the military and society which must be rectified so we can start afresh,” Compaore told journalists after the meeting.
He expressed confidence “that things will improve, will change”. He said the soldiers “were really committed to no longer succumb to the indiscipline that has characterized their behavior in recent times”.
NTV Kenya reports on the impact that increased Kenyan security measures and a Somali government offensive are having in Somalia’s border regions: