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Local Government in West Africa

  • Monrovia in the spotlight: can this fragile city ever really replace 'Ma Ellen'?

    LIBERIA, 2017/10/14 Since the civil war, Liberians have known only one leader: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who helped transform the ruined capital. Presently some observers worry that this month’s election could undo Monrovia’s evolution. For nearly 30 years, the city of Monrovia has lurched from crisis to crisis. The Liberian civil war culminated in a 2003 siege that destroyed much of the city centre, while riots during the Ebola crisis – in response to an ill-conceived quarantine of West Point, one of its poorest neighbourhoods – garnered international headlines. Lost amid the bad news is the fact that the city has made a slow but impressive recovery. Today Monrovia is a fairly bustling place. The burnt-out high rises and shell-pocked roads have been substantially repaired. The streets are safer than they have been in a generation, and as the Ebola crisis recedes, the markets and cafes are returning to normal. Thriving music and food scenes suggest it is on the rise.
  • Togolese are fed up! Gnassingbe Jnr must go now – Opposition chief

    TOGO, 2017/09/09 One of the leading opposition figures in Togo, Jean-Pierre Fabre, has fired a warning to embattled president of the country imploring him to quit or face additional protests. “He has to leave presently. We will not accept him staying any longer. The Togolese are fed up,” leader of the National Alliance for Change is quoted by Reuters to have said.
  • Africa: U.S. State Department To Get Experienced Diplomat in Key Africa Post

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa inclunding two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of National for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump government.Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa including two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump administration. Senior CIA analyst Cyril Sartor was hired as senior director for Africa at the National Security Council earier this month Key Africa jobs at the Defense Department (DOD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain vacant. "Having someone with Don Yamamoto's experience in that post is very significant," Mel Foote, Constituency for Africa president, told AllAfrica. "As Africa confronts a lot of challenges, we want to see responsible U.S. engagement in partnership with African governments and civil society organizations."
  • Senegal restores its ambassador to Doha

    DAKAR CITY, 2017/08/27 Senegal has announced that it has reappointed its ambassador to Qatar, who had been recalled amid Gulf crises triggered by the cut-off of ties between Doha and four Arab states. “Senegal has decided to send its ambassador to Doha back to Qatar,” tweeted Ahmed bin Saeed Al Rumaihi, Director of the Data Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal on August 22.
  • The city that won't stop growing, Lagos

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/21 A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.This man-made mist that clings to the rusted shack rooftops comes from the countless fish-smoking cabins that drive the slum economy. There’s an uninterrupted view of the city’s dramatic sprawl of poverty from the road bridges that carry daily commuters between the islands and the mainland.Fishing and sand-dredging boats drift to work, heading deep into the lagoon. A lot of of the slums’ wooden huts are on stilts, others are just basic shacks shoddily built on the unstable ground of trodden-down rubbish dumps.
  • Thousands protest against Guinea's Conde over election delays, insecurity

    GUINEA, 2017/08/03 Several thousand opponents of Guinea's President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry on Wednesday against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate. Conde's election win in 2010 ended two years of violent military policy but his opponents say he has cracked down on dissent - some protests have been banned - and fear he may try to change the constitution to seek a third term in 2020. Conde has declined to comment on whether he wants to do so.
  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), has urged Nigerian Government to oppose move by Morocco to join the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). A statement by the Convener of NMLWS, Mr Dipo Fashina on Thursday in Abuja, said that Morocco was not classified as member national of ECOWAS by the United Nations and African Union. “The Kingdom is a member of Arab Maghreb Union States together with Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
  • Senegal city development looks to ease Dakar pressure

    DAKAR CITY, 2017/05/11 Diamniadio Lake City is a development 30 kilometres from Dakar which is being built to relieve pressure on Senegal's overcrowded capital. Natasha Turak speaks to representatives from Semer Group, which will any minute at this time start construction work on the project, to discover what it will entail. A new city 30 kilometres from Dakar is planned to relieve the Senegalese capital’s congestion and meet the country's need for modern office facilities and a dedicated business zone. Diamniadio Lake City (DLC) is a recently announced project covering additional than 500,000 square metres.
  • 5 African Countries Likely To Withdraw from the ICC

    BURUNDI, 2016/11/02 South Africa has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the Daily Maverick, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal to the Rome Statute of the ICC, initiating a year-long process. In its deposition, South Africa accused the Hague-based court of bias against African nations. South Africa maintains that there are examples of inequality and unfairness in the conduct of the ICC, its relationship with the Security Council, and to the court’s alleged focus on crimes committed in Africa, despite there being evidence of similar violations existing on other continents.
  • Nigeria's Buhari says government talking to Niger Delta militants

    NIGERIA, 2016/07/22 The Nigerian government is talking to militants in the Niger Delta to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities which have cut oil production by 700,000 barrels a day, top officials said on Thursday. But the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks, said it was not aware of any talks, saying there would be no dialogue without involving the international community