Africa News Roundup: Elections in Senegal, Protests in Sudan, Chad-Niger Oil Pipeline, and More

Senegal will hold legislative elections tomorrow. The country’s new President Macky Sall, elected in March, is looking to solidify his mandate and pursue his anti-corruption probe against the previous administration.

Protests continue in Sudan, with serious government repression against protesters. The European Union has issued a statement on the protests (.pdf), expressing concern over the crackdown.


Niger has signed an agreement with neighbouring Chad to construct a 600 km (373 miles) pipeline linking it to the Chad-Cameroon pipeline which will enable it to export its crude, Niger’s oil minister said on Friday.

Niger is expected to begin operating reserves on four fields at its Agadem bloc by early 2014, and increase its production to 80,000 barrels-per-day of which 60,000 will be exported through the pipeline.

PBS reports on “famine and regreening” in Niger.

Ansar Dine and its allies claim to control northern Mali. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson seems more pessimistic on the idea of an outside military intervention in northern Mali that he did in May.

In Somalia, “Constitution Qualms Could Jeopardize End of Transition Process.”

Kenyan forces are searching for four aid workers kidnapped this week in the Dadaab refugee camp.

What else is happening?


4 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: Elections in Senegal, Protests in Sudan, Chad-Niger Oil Pipeline, and More

    • Thanks for sharing this. I don’t have time to read the whole thing today but the first part of it was definitely interesting.

      • I think you should find time in the future to read it. There are several things going on simultaneously in Nigeria. One is the slow (rapid?) erosion of “Nigerianess” and social cohesion.

        Herskovits captured aspects of this trend accurately, but she might not be the best chronicler of modern Nigeria since I doubt she knows anyone from Nigeria under forty.

        In troubled times, people look for national redemption. Military intervention has failed woefully and democracy hasn’t done much better. The next logical question is to ask one’s self whether “Nigeria is such a great idea to begin with”.

        This trend accelerated during the Abacha’s years. My memories of that period were long fuel lines and sucking out petrol from fuel tanks into jerry cans and vice versa and storing fuel at home. Then we began to wonder “whether independence from the British was such a good idea”.

        Today, the government at the center is hobbled by a dysfunctional bureaucracy, patronage politics and corruption. Most of the dynamism is occurring outside Abuja. Lagos, for example, has economy larger than that of Kenya and the important thing is that this economy is largely non-oil driven.

        Eventually politics will follow economics. When it becomes clear that economic team in Lagos is more competent than the team at Abuja, regionalism will be difficult to ignore – and where Nigeria goes from there? Difficult to tell.

  1. So, if Niger oil goes through Chad-Cameroon pipelines, that is the death of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline TSGP). Algeria losing something …

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