The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has agreed a 3,300-strong force to wrest back control of northern Mali from militant Islamist groups. They will join around 5,000 Malian troops and move in if negotiations fail to lead to an agreement. Ansar Dine, one of the Islamist groups, agreed to hold peace talks with government, but with the group unlikely to agree any concessions, military intervention is likely.
Think Africa Press has been looking ahead to upcoming elections across the continent. Many hope that Sierra Leone’s elections on November 17, the country’s third since the end of the civil war, will pass peacefully although political violence is likely to increase in the lead-up to the polls. Ghana’s presidential election this December looks likely to be a closely fought contest between incumbent John Mahama and main opposition Nana Akufo-Addo, and their positions on China could prove to be important in the electorate's decision.
In Kenya, there have been a number of violent incidents in recent weeks, possibly with some political motivations, and there is concern that the general elections in March 2013 could lead to the kind of post-election violence seen in 2007/8. Looking further ahead to Uganda 2016, it is uncertain if President Yoweri Museveni will run again; if he does not, a number of candidates, many within the ruling NRM party, could take over.
More articles from Think Africa Press’ free online course ‘International Law and Africa’ have been published including analyses of how International Criminal Justice, Responsibility to Protect, and International Environmental Law affect Africa. More to follow this week.
Below are a few highlights from the past week:
|Time For Paul Biya to Call it a Day?|
|Read All About It: The Rise of Second-Hand Book Sales in Kenya|
|Review – There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe|
|Who Could Succeed Museveni?|
|SIAO: Crafting a Recovery for Mali's Artisans?|
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The Team at Think Africa Press