Africa News Roundup: Mali, Algeria, Senegal, and More

Reuters: “Mali’s interim government has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country’s armed forces, a government statement said.” For more on Sanogo’s promotion to general, see here.

On Friday, Mali’s President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita visited Cote d’Ivoire (French).

Magharebia: “Algeria is offering pardons to thousands of armed extremists, provided their hands are unstained with citizens’ blood…Army units are distributing leaflets and flyers in Tlemcen, Sidi Bel Abbes and Ain Témouchent, urging extremists to lay down arms and benefit from the 2005 Charter for Peace and National ReconciliationEnnahar daily reported this week.”

Imams in Touba, Senegal (French) complain of a lack of water, electricity, and other amenities, and cast blame on political authorities.

Reuters: “Nigerians Seek Refuge in Niger.”

Moulid Hujale: “My Journey Back to Somalia.”

What else is happening?


6 thoughts on “Africa News Roundup: Mali, Algeria, Senegal, and More

  1. A nice but sadly short piece from Baobab on Somaliland’s book fair. It would be interesting to see how it’s culturally developing from conditions in Somalia.

  2. And it’s been widely reported that the Kenyan parliament has voted to leave the ICC, though it isn’t clear if it will (though that seems likely). Three points.

    A. If you never intended to actually fulfill your obligations under the treaty, don’t sign the treaty. Sri Lanka didn’t. Ethiopia didn’t. I’m not going to deny that the U.S. has broken treaties before, but in general we do try to abide by them if we sign them (one of several reasons why it’s so difficult to convince Congress to sign a treaty even if it’s intelligent to do so).

    B. The ICC actually is conducting preliminary examinations on several nations outside of Africa including Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia and South Korea.

    C. If the African Union doesn’t like the fact that the ICC decided to formal investigations into four African nations (the other four African investigations were done at the behest of the governments of those nations) perhaps it should urge A.U. members to do more to refrain from these crimes and do more to stop non-state actors from doing these things instead of resorting to accusations of racism.

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