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Mauritania’s Ghazouani wins re-election with 56.12% of vote

      Mauritania's incumbent President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani has comfortably won re-election, receiving 56.12 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said Monday. The victory gives the former army chief a second term as head of the vast desert country, seen as a rock of relative stability in Africa's volatile Sahel region and set to become […]

todayJuly 1, 2024 7


France reducing military presence in West, Central Africa to 600 troops: sources

        By Daphné BENOIT   France is planning to reduce its military presence in West and Central Africa to around 600 troops in line with President Emmanuel Macron's plans to limit the French military footprint in the region, three sources told AFP. In February 2023, Macron announced "noticeable reduction" of French troop presence in Africa, as anti-French sentiment is running high in some former colonies and countries […]

todayJune 17, 2024 15


Russia has tightened its hold over the Sahel region – and now it’s looking to Africa’s west coast

    By Olumba E. Ezenwa, Royal Holloway University of London and John Sunday Ojo, University of Portsmouth   Armed troops in Niger overthrew the government in July 2023, seizing power for themselves. The following months were rife with speculation that the military government would align with Moscow and possibly form ties with the Russian military or its associates. This has now become a reality, to the detriment of western […]

todayMay 2, 2024 13


Niger has cut military ties with the US: why this is bad for the Sahel’s security

  By Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University   Niger – a landlocked country of 25 million people in one of the most unstable parts of the world – recently announced it was suspending military cooperation with the United States. For over a decade, Niger has been one of America’s most reliable allies in the Sahel. The Sahel region, which stretches across Africa from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, is […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 13


AU summit seeks to raise Africa’s voice on global stage

  Addis Ababa, Feb 15, 2024 (AFP) - The African Union's annual summit will open on Saturday against the backdrop of coups in Gabon and Niger and a political crisis in Senegal, posing challenges for the bloc as it seeks to amplify its international presence. Set up more than two decades ago, the 55-member bloc has long been criticised for being ineffectual and for taking little decisive action in the […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 10


Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger announce withdrawal from ECOWAS

Military leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have withdrawn from ECOWAS, with immediate effect. According to the AFP news agency, all three countries were suspended from ECOWAS with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions. They have hardened their positions in recent months and joined forces in an "Alliance of Sahel States". A French military withdrawal from the Sahel -- the region along the Sahara desert across Africa -- has […]

todayJanuary 29, 2024 1