Libya votes in parliamentary elections today. Some relevant news and commentary from Thursday and Friday:
- The Project on Middle East Democracy, “Previewing Libya’s Elections” (.pdf).
- Jacob Mundy, “Militia Politics in Libya’s National Elections”
- Reuters, “Libya Poll in Peril as Eastern Unrest Grows”
- BBC, “Libya Election Helicopter ‘Shot Near Benghazi'”
Today, leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet in Ouagadougou to discuss Mali, focusing on “broadening the interim government in southern Mali to give it greater legitimacy” and “retaking the north from Islamist militants.”
Another serious protest took place yesterday in Sudan, with more repression by security forces. The situation in Sudan is dynamic, but readers may be interested in two things I wrote about the protests earlier in the week, one at World Politics Review and one at The American Interest.
Alertnet rounds up uniformly grim assessments of conditions in South Sudan from the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF.
The International Contact Group on Somalia has “expressed concern over the missing of deadlines which form part of the process of ending the country’s current transitional governing arrangements on 20 August this year.”
The Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria has charged two men of having links to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The men are from Lagos, and BBC Hausa adds that so far no link has been established between them and Boko Haram. To my relatively ignorant eye, the men appear to have Yoruba names.
VOA reports that residents of Kano feel caught between Boko Haram and the security forces.
On Tuesday and Thursday, police in Senegal questioned Karim Wade, son of former President Abdoulaye Wade.
What else is happening?